NYU Here I Come

23 Aug

I start school in 2 weeks.  I also start my new job that same day (yeah, I got ANOTHER new job).

Anyway, these are the classes I am taking at NYU:

Gallatin Graduate ProSeminar:
This seminar will introduce students to critique, a mode of questioning and a practice of analysis that exposes the actions of power and denaturalizes social and political hierarchies. In this context, and drawing on perspectives from history, literature, philosophy, and political and critical theory, this seminar will take up the difficulties of speaking and writing about silence in order to consider the importance of what is unsaid or unsayable for our formation as subjects. How are our psyches and social worlds formed around a multitude of silences–traumatic, enforced, and/or enabling? In Western philosophy and political thought silence has often been figured as the Other of speech and reason, and cast as the domain of the abject or excluded, or associated with catastrophic experiences at the limits of human reason (including the extremities of pain, violence, and death). In the context of this Continental tradition we will familiarize ourselves with recent scholarship on testimony and the “unspeakable,” while also critiquing the assumption that silence is necessarily solipsistic or signals only the failure of speech or freedom. Some silences are enjoined or imposed; others, like the recent silent protests of the indignados in Spain and Greece, propose alternative politics and constitute their own communities. Throughout we will consider how critique can help us recognize and account for the operations of silence, and those other concealed or disavowed forces, that are in fact inseparable from the everyday workings of language, knowledge, and ideology. As part of our inquiry actor, musician, and director Ben Steinfeld will work with our class on the role silence plays in performance.

Conceptual Studio at Tisch:
This class is to consider artists, historical recording and the methods of art making that work outside of traditional norms; being time based, breaking expectations of the medium, the audience and or the placement and transaction in spectatorship. Other cultural mainstays such as interruptions, scrap books, outtakes, overheard conversation, the scandal, the accident will also be material for study. While examining and researching artifacts, footage, imagery, found objects that exist and resonate outside of the proposed point of focus we will look at the underlying meanings and the interruptions into our expectation of perception. After looking and studying examples students will create and design their own projects that can be performance, installation, new media or text based. Accompanying paper is also required.

And then these two:
Environment of Performing Arts Administration
Principles & Practices of Performing Arts Administration

A grand total of 14 credit hours!

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One Response to “NYU Here I Come”

  1. Jonathan August 24, 2011 at 4:41 pm #

    I would like to know your professor’s thoughts on 4’33”.

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