CAOS201 – Social Intersections

Join us for Social Intersections CAOS201 in Autumn 2020, an “open studio” contemporary arts subject at University of Wollongong.

“Open Studio” means that anyone across the entire university can enrol, as long as you are currently at second or third year undergraduate level.

No prior experience or pre-requisites needed. Find out more and enrol here.

Friday mornings 830am-1230pm

About Social Intersections CAOS201
This subject explores how creative practice can engage with social forms and processes. Students participate in activities which playfully draw attention to the “normal” routines of everyday life, and learn about the history of relational and socially engaged art practices. Plenty of field trips, guest artists and out-of-classroom experiences.

This is a fun subject with a small group of students. The subject is led by Malcolm Whittaker and Lucas Ihlein, who are are practicing artists working in this field.

Topics covered:
Art and the Social
Walking as art Mapping social structures
Allan Kaprow’s Happenings and Activities
Mindful/absurd Toothbrushing
Modes of Engagement (Antagonism-vs-Amelioration; “The Artist as…”)
Art and the Everyday
Art and Play
Creating play spaces
Re-working Work
Observation and Documentation
Modelling the Social (Relational Aesthetics)
Ethics of Engagement
Collaboration in the creative arts

Assessment Tasks:

Task 1: Activity Exercise – invent, experiment, intervene with an ordinary activity in the flow of everyday life. Observe, document, report back.

Task 2: Walking Exercise – invent, experiment, and intervene with a rule-based strategy for walking. Observe, document, report back.

Task 3: Intersections Project – collaborate with 2-3 students on a project which engages in the public sphere around the ideas of art and the social. Observe, document, report back.

4 thoughts on “CAOS201 – Social Intersections

    1. Lucas Post author

      Answer to first question – YES!
      Answer to second question – no idea, to be negotiated with the group!!


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