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Integrative Studio II - Spring '24

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Course: Integrative Studio II
Location: Northlight Studio (Comm 1251)
Time: F 09:00am-11:50am

Course Syllabus Location: http://www.robertspahr.com/studio2/
Course Information:
Spahr - CIN 342 Integrative Studio II - 001
Needham - CIN 342 Integrative Studio II - 002

Professor: Robert Spahr, MFA
Contact: rspahr@siu.edu
Office: Comm 1056B
Office Hours:
W  01:00pm-04:00pm
R  01:00pm-04:00pm
& by appointment

Professor: Jay Needham, MFA
Contact: jayn@siu.edu
Office: Comm 1107
Office Hours:
W  01:00pm-05:00pm
R  10:00am-12:00pm
& by appointment

Teaching Assistant: Ashish Kumar
Contact: ashish.lnu@siu.edu
Office: TBD
Office Hours: TBD

Teaching Assistant: Saba Raissian
Contact: saba.raissian@siu.edu
Office: TBD
Office Hours: TBD


Required Text:

* All required readings will be available online. *


Suggested Text:

Kristine Stiles and Peter Selz : Theories and Documents of Contemporary Art: A Sourcebook of Artists' Writings, ‎ University of California Press; Second edition (2012)

David Lynch: Catching the Big Fish: Meditation, Consciousness, and Creativity: 10th Anniversary Edition, ‎ Tarcher Perigee (2007)

Andrey Tarkovsky: Sculpting in Time, University of Texas Press; Illustrated edition (1989)

Sergei Eisenstein: Notes of a Film Director. Dover Publications (1970) (This edition is out-of-print)

Description:

School of Media Arts First-Year Curriculum
Your first year at the School of Media Arts is a time of exploration and discovery as you develop your creative process, critical thinking, communication and collaboration skills. The two semesters of foundation courses immerse you in the making of media arts, as well as media arts history and theory resulting in the development of your critical practice as you learn to better reflect on your studio work. All students in the School of Media Arts follow a first-year curriculum, which provides a rigorous and exciting course of study, exposing you to a range of art, design and media practices which will be the foundational support for your entire education and your creative life after graduation.

Integrative Studio II
This course is a continuation of CIN 341 Integrative Studio I, as we continue our explorations of the process of creativity while exploring a variety of media arts practices. We will consider what we make, how we make it, and we will ask why? How do we generate and capture ideas? How can our research become part of this process? Through individual and collaborative group activities you will engage in a series of media projects that ask you to experiment, visualize, question, look, listen, play, fail, iterate, and reflect.

Bridging Theory and Practice
CIN 342 Integrative Studio II is part of a unique sequence that is combined with CIN 362 New Media Then, and is co-taught with instructors from both courses. These two courses bridge theory and practice as students complete projects which connects their studio practice and their scholarly research. Our shared goal is to integrate making, writing, and reflecting essential components of the creative process.


Objectives:

  • Develop an awareness of the creative process as it applies to the arts and life.
  • Develop technical skills for creating and analyzing media arts and interactivity through the exploration of individual and collaborative group projects.
  • Increase knowledge relevant to integrate making, writing, and reflecting essential components of the creative process.

Syllabus:

# Syllabus is subject to change with notice. #

Intro Week

Tue Jan 16 - Fri Jan 19
INTRO WEEK
Meeting all week in the Northlight Studio

Tue 9:35-10:50am
Wed 9:00-10:50am
Thu 9:35-10:50am
Fri 9:00-11:50am


Live Art

Fri Jan 26
INTRODUCTION, LIVE ART & BODIES IN THE PRESENT MOMENT

Fri Feb 02
STUDIO: DIRECTING ACTORS

Fri Feb 09
STUDIO DAY

Homework:
Scene Work - Part B: Independent Activity
As a homework exercise each student and their partner should build upon the "Independent activity" exercise developed in class by creating a second iteration. You should then create a video documentation of this second iteration, upload to Youtube.com and email the URL to Jay and Rob. This video should be no longer than 2 minutes in duration.

View:
Spike Lee: Do the Right Thing (1989) opening credits, 04:23
Spike Lee: Do the Right Thing | "How Come You Ain't Got No Brothers Up on the Wall?", 04:57
Regina Jose Galindo: Tierra, 06:23
Cindy Sherman: Untitled Film Still #21, 04:22
Time, Tarkovsky And The Pandemic, 8:50
De Chirico: The Love Song, 1914
De Chirico: The Evil Genius of a King, 1914-15

Read:
SPIKE LEE Interview, 1989
REGINA JOSE GALINDO
    I am a common place, 1999
    First it was writing, 2008
    Argument, 2008
    Multiply, 2008
    White Sheet, 2008

CINDY SHERMAN Statement & Interview with Els Barents, 1982
ANDREY TARKOVSKY
    Sculpting in Time (excerpt) The author in search of an audience, 1986

Fri Feb 16
LIVE ART CRITIQUE

Due:
CRITIQUE: Video documentation of "Scene Work - Part B: Independent Activity ". (Upload the video to YouTube, and email the URL to Rob and Jay.)

CRITIQUE: Presentations of "Destroy. Combine. Deconstruct. Rebel."

Homework:
Write: Artist Statement #2
(PDF format, 1 page limit. Put your name and date on the document and email it to Rob and Jay.)

Reading:
The Work of Art in the Age of Its Technological Reproducibility - 2nd Version - Walter Benjamin, 1936
Thought Questions

View:
John Berger: Ways of Seeing , Episode 1 (1972), 30:04


ARTIST'S MULTIPLES

Fri Feb 23
MULTIPLES, 3D PRINTERS & RELIEF PRINTING

Fri Mar 01
STUDIO DAY


INSTALLATION WORKSHOP

Fri Mar 08
INSTALLATION WORKSHOP
Meeting all week in the Northlight Studio

Mon 9:00-10:50am
Spahr: Thoughts on Installation
Tue 9:35-10:50am
Wed 9:00-10:50am
Thu 9:35-10:50am
Fri 9:00-11:50am
Details TBD

Week of Fri Mar 15
*** SPRING BREAK ***

Fri Mar 22
STUDIO DAY

Fri Mar 29
STUDIO DAY

Homework:
Write:
Artist Statement #3 (PDF format, 1 page limit. Put your name and date on the document and email it to Rob and Jay.)

Read:
DAVID LYNCH
    Catching the Big Fish: Meditation, Consciousness, and Creativity (Excerpt), 2006

SERGEI EISENSTEIN
     Notes of a Film Director (excerpt) How I Became a Film Director, 1945


Fri Apr 05
STUDIO DAY

Due:
Artist Statement #3
(PDF format, 1 page limit. Put your name and date on the document and email it to Rob and Jay.)

Fri Apr 12
STUDIO DAY

Fri Apr 19
STUDIO DAY

Fri Apr 26

Due:
CRITIQUE: Multiples Project


PORTFOLIO WORKSHOP

Fri May 03
PORTFOLIO WORKSHOP
Meeting all week in the Northlight Studio

Mon 9:00-10:50am
Tue 9:35-10:50am
Wed 9:00-10:50am
Thu 9:35-10:50am
Fri 9:00-11:50am
Details TBD

May 06-10
FINALS WEEK - Portfolio Presentations

New Media Now, Thursday, May 9th @ 2:45pm-4:45pm
Media Arts Practice II, Friday, May 10th @ 8am-10am
Integrative Studio II, Friday, May 10th @ 12:30-2:30pm

We will meet in the Cinema Studio (COMM 1116)



Evaluation:

The work in this course requires motivation, exploration, risk-taking, and most importantly, an openness to new ideas. The grading policy of this class is meant to encourage you to explore new ideas and take chances. Do not think in terms of "What must I do to receive an A grade", but think in terms of what you would like to learn.

Attendance:
Attendance to all classes is expected. You are allowed up to ONE unexcused absences. Unexcused absence beyond this threshold may result in failing this course.

Assignments:
All assignments are due at the beginning of class. Late projects will not be accepted.

Sketchbook / Journal:
Students will create at least one self-reflection response to their weekly investigations. Self-reflection entries are due the day they appear on the syllabus schedule. Students should also document their creative process and artistic development within the sketchbook / journal. Think of the sketchbook as a resource to contain your present ideas and hints of future directions to explore. The sketchbook is an important tool to be used as you self-initiate your projects. Bring your sketchbook/journal and writing/drawing tools to every class. Your sketchbook/journal may be randomly collected and evaluated throughout the semester.

Readings:
We will be exploring artists' writings about their art. For each of the assigned readings, you should add into your sketchbook a quote that you found significant. Be prepared to explain and discuss each quote in your own words.

Critique:
A critique in a studio course is equivalent to an exam in a studies course. Critique is one of the most important methods of assessment used in practice based classes. Students learn the verbal skills to describe and analyze their own work and the work of others.


Grading:

A 95-100,   A- 92-95
Outstanding work.
Solution shows excellent depth of understanding and innovation. The solution has been fully developed in form and concept.

B+ 88-91,   B 85-87,   B- 82-84
Good work.
Solution exceeds all requirements and shows above average depth of understanding. Demonstrates more than adequate clarity of idea and execution.

C+ 78-81,   C 75-77,   C- 72-74
Average work.
Problem has been solved adequately, but the solution lacks depth of understanding, development and innovation.

D+ 68-71,   D 65-67,   D- 62-64
Poor work.
Solution is extremely weak and lacks understanding and innovation. Technical skills are weak.

F 61 or less
Unacceptable work.
Solution to the problem is unresolved and incomplete resulting in a failing grade.


Each project will be graded on artistic, creative and intellectual merit.

Grades will be based on the following:

  • 20% Originality of concept
  • 20% Delivery (execution of the concept)
  • 20% Documentation / Process
  • 20% Craft
  • 20% Critique & participation

Your final grade will be determined by the following:

  • 25% Live Art Projects
  • 25% Artist's Multiples Project
  • 25% Self-Initiated Project
  • 15% Participation
  • 10% Sketchbook / Journal


COVID-19

We will follow the mandated COVID-19 guidelines established by the university. Should the conditions change and we need to work remotely, the course will transition to a hybrid online format. Further information on the SIU policy on COVID-19: https://siu.edu/coronavirus/



SIU Syllabus Attachment

SIU Syllabus Attachment - Spring '24 - PDF