Week 1. Jan 16


What is DIY?
A popular, current conception: Dylan Haskin's short documentary Roll Up Your Sleeves about DIY music and culture

What is an institution? Hegemony & Ideology
Some history:
Harun Farocki's "Inextinguishable Fire"
Overview of "Counter Communities" related to art and architectural collectives
the Conservative Vice Lords of Chicago
Introduce short exercise: visualizing institutions
Readings for next class: Hegemony, Counter-Cultures and Art
Subculture: The Meaning of Style (Dick Hebdidge)
The Heart of Darkness (Gregory Sholette)
DIY Interview, with Temporary Services
Also, look at some of Temporary Services' work, such as their booklet/class How To Guerrilla Art AND their Mobile Exhibition Design projects
Outside of class event (OPTIONAL, if you happen to be going to Chicago):
Closing reception for Report to the Public: An exhibition about the Conservative Vice Lords
Friday January 18, 2013, 5:30 - 7pm, Art In These Times, 2040 N Milwaukee Ave, 2nd Floor (Chicago)

Week 2. Jan 23

Discussion with Marc Fischer, of Temporary Services, via Skype
Discuss Hegemony and Readings
In preparation for visit next week: History of Independent Media Centers in the US: This is What Democracy Looks Like
Readings for next class: Intentional & Counter-Communities
Strange Places: Estrangement, Utopianism and Intentional Communities (Sargisson).
Watch American Revolution: The Black Panther Party, also look at the BPP 10-point program
Listen to this Against the Grain radio program about farmers' markets.

Week 3. Jan 30

Meet at Independent Media Center: 202 South Broadway (Northside of Lincoln Square Mall) BY 4:30pm

Discuss Intentional & Counter Communities
Readings for next week: Self-representation & DIY Science
Mapping Local Knowledge, Corburn
Grassroots Mapping, The Public Lab

Week 4. Feb 6

Discuss Self-representation & DIY Science
Readings for next week: Institutions and Play
Mockstitutions, Sholette
The City is Unwritten: Park Fiction
Additional terms to consider:
Sociopoetics: When aesthetic and poetic decisions embodied in artworks lead to a heightened or changed social situation, one needs to describe these forms as sociopoetic rather than as artworks within particular social contexts. The social situation is part of a sociopoetic experiment.
Intimate bureaucracy: An intimate bureaucracy makes poetic use of the trappings of large bureaucratic systems and procedures (e.g., logos, stamps) to create intimate aesthetic situations, including the pleasures of sharing a special knowledge or a new language among a small network of participants.
(from Saper, Craig, J. Networked Art)

Week 5. Feb 13

Discussion with visiting artist and activist Graziela Kunsch (from Brazil, here as part of the KAM exhibition Blind Field)
NOTE: Kunsch is giving a public lecture the next day (Feb 14)

Further Dates

Thursday, March 7 (5:30pm): Lecture by Paul Wittenbraker (founder of the Civic Studio program at Grand Valley State University)