Group project: Line, Linearity

08.02.2019 - 13:00 to 16:00
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Image: Heinz Emigholz, "Three giraffes watching TV in a motel" from The Basis of Make-up, 1976.

Group Project: Line, Linearity

Teachers: Jacob Jessen, Annett Busch
Location: Kunstarken
Course code: BK3181 Thematic Group Project

Friday 08/02 13.00 - 16.00
Friday 15/02 13.00 - 16.00
Friday 22/02 13.00 - 16.00
Friday 01/03 13.00 - 16.00
Friday 22/03 13.00 - 16.00
Friday 29/03 13.00 - 16.00
Friday 05/04 13.00 - 16.00
Friday 12/04 13.00 - 16.00

When the line is becoming thought we can be driven by the paradoxical assumption that following a line requires non linear forms of thinking. What do we actually do when we are drawing a line, following a line, or connecting geographical distant points over time? Starting and not knowing where to end? Lines are everywhere, but the line has to be seen, its direction and orientation has to be imagined, produced, negotiated, shifted. New lines can evolve from moments of crisis. How do we position ourselves towards the line — which one — aligned or not? What is it we want to connect, draw a line in between? How does it correspond with breaks and intervals, with colours and patterns? What time follows the timeline?

In the last semester we tried to get an overview across disciplines how the notion of the line can be addressed in various ways. We were walking lines and tried to connect spots. We looked into other artists work and were reading texts and among others we encountered John Akomfrah, Etel Adnan, Anni Albers, Rachid Araeen, William Basinski, Trisha Brown, John Cage, Cornelius Cardew, Lygia Clark, Tacita Dean, Maya Deren, Heinz Emigholz, Lubaina Himid, Wassily Kandinsky, Patrick Keiller, Paul Klee, James Leyland Kirby, Richard Long, Alvin Lucier, Babette Mangolte, Chris Marker, Agnes Martin, Nicolas Moufarrege, Rammellzee, Ibrahim El Salahi...., J.G.Ballard, Uli Beier, John Berger, Gilles Deleuze, Philip K. Dick, Donna Haraway, Sanford Kwinter, Fred Moten, Dieter Roelstraete, Paul Virilio, Peter Wollen... .

In the coming semester we will draw from that theoretical knowledge but will focus much more on individual student and studio practices to develop a common strategy of how to exhibit or perform linearity, of how to disrupt a timeline, of how to listen in the break. The "Group Project" depends very much on your own interest you bring in, that you will develop further on and question critically in discussions and conversations.

This course is for students within the MFA programme. Students who didn't attend the course "Concepts of Art Theory: Line, Linearity" are very welcome to join the Group Project, the material of the last semester can be accessed. BFA students and students coming from other departments can also join the course, however only by approval of the course teacher and to those who are committed to following the entire course of the program.

- Learn how to conceptualise, question and shape your own artistic practice in relation to a theoretical concept.
- Become familiar with current and historical theories and artistic practices related to the concept of the line
- Learn how to read, summarize, analyze and discuss critical theoretical texts
- Learn how work collectively towards a final group project

- Lectures
- Group Reading, Screenings
- Exercises
- Group project / Exhibition

Attendance and participation are mandatory. Students will be assessed by their presence, contribution to the discussions and involvement in preparing and realizing a joint exhibition. Each student will be responsible for reading an assignment text and preparing talking points for a discussion in the course. Students who miss more than two sessions, do not participate in a group discussion or do not contribute to the final group project assignment will not pass the course.

Kunstakademiet i Trondheim
Norwegian University of Technology and Science (NTNU)
N-7491 Trondheim

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