Fall 2021 - CA 369 D100

Methods and Concepts: Selected Topics (3)

Spacetime deep geological & cultural historical

Class Number: 7335

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Mo, We 2:30 PM – 5:20 PM

  • Prerequisites:

    CA (or FPA) 160. A course materials fee is required.



A studio course presenting topics in art-making practices as they relate to practical, conceptual, aesthetic and historical issues in contemporary art. This course may be taken more than once for credit under a different topic.


A studio course introducing the philosophical and multicultural understandings of time as they relate to the conceptual, aesthetic, and historical issues in contemporary art. Related areas of research include notions of natural history, spacetime, deep ecology, cultural ruins, time and labour, hauntology, and end of history. Students are encouraged to consider art as a cultural object in large scales of timeframes and social contexts in relation to contemporaneity, and to analyze the ways in which the production and interpretation of art is affected by shifting conceptions of time. Both “time-based media” such as video, sound, kinetic art, net art, and “non-time-based media” such as drawing and sculpture are introduced to students to consider media specificity and to create their artwork. Students are expected to work with some degree of independence in initiating and producing work. Discussion and practice will enable the students to advance the conceptual and intellectual implications of their projects. A committed and self-challenging approach is expected and encouraged.


  • Three projects (20% + 20% +30%) 70%
  • Attendance and class participation in exercises, reading discussions, critiques, and other group activities 20%
  • Artist presentation 10%



Kate Bretkelly-Chalmers, Time, Duration and Change in Contemporary Art, 2019
ISBN: 13: 9781783209194

Timothy Morton, Hyperobjects: Philosophy and Ecology after the End of the World, 2013
ISBN: 9780816689224

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