As in the past, artists today look to the history of art for inspiration. But we also want our work to communicate with more diverse audiences outside of the art world. So we appropriate the ideas and practices of disciplines that were not previously considered within the realm of art. Our projects in this course will explore these “alien” methodologies. We’ll repurpose techniques of mass production to modulate the scale and adaptability of our work. We’ll utilize film techniques to deal with issues of time compression, psychological space and storytelling. We’ll adapt developments in science to conjure the invisible or to actualize the unimaginable. We’ll investigate how the Internet and social media sites have reconfigured old notions of public and private and we’ll exploit this new virtual space in our art. The world as we know it is more complex and nuanced than it was just a generation ago. The goal of this course is to discover how art has evolved in this new environment. Students may also develop other areas of interest as a focus of their work. All practices are allowed. The course will include readings, film screenings, and other activities that relate to our studio projects.