The School of the Art Institute of Chicago
REVISED Tentative Schedule / Spring 2010
Faculty – Drea Howenstein
TA – Nicole Seisler
Introductions, class goals, structure and projects
Who are we? – questionnaire
Introduction to site-specific art in Chicago possible sites
ACTIONS: What You Can Do With the City @ Graham Foundation
- Presentation of your artistic practice: Prepare a 20-slide presentation of your work @ 20 seconds a slide (Pecha Kucha style) that portrays your work, (interests, influences, issues, media, technical expertise, etc.) for presentation on 2/9.
- Fill out questionnaire and email to instructor.
- Conduct preliminary contextual research on possible projects for this class.
- Download & peruse Preprav, European Platform for Alternative Practice and Research on the City, URBAN/ACT, http://www.peprav.net/tool/spip.php?rubrique30
Presentations & Research Strategies
6.6-minute presentations on artistic practices
Discussion of possible sites and projects
Introduction to portal documents
Review course schedule
Community project case studies
Individual meetings to discuss semester goals
- Look at the portal documents and read a reading of your choice. Post a short summary on the blog that links the issues in the reading to your project ideas by 2/16.
- Read: “How to Make a Community as Well as the Space for It.” http://www.peprav.net/tool/spip.php?article31
- Continue research: identify the issues that most interested you, brainstorm projects ideas, and case studies/examples of projects by artists, designers, gardeners, or collectives, etc. that inspire you.
- Write a professional artist/designer statement that clearly identifies your values, goals, experience, specific skills and motivation for doing the project that you will be doing this semester, a component of your project proposal that will help you sell yourself to stakeholders, gatekeepers and funders.
- Create a resume that identifies the specifics of # 3, to accompany your project proposal presentation.
- Identify the specific site that you will focus on for the duration of the semester and the local issue/s you will address through your project.
- Identify the training and/or equipment you will need to begin to work on your project.
Action Research & Concepts
Present visualized research & project concepts
Discussion of sites and local issues
Workshop statements and resumes
Project proposal guidelines
Individual meetings/schedule equipment trainings
Schedule site visits
- Read: Bennett and Schaefer, “Race Relations Chicago Style: Past, Present and Future”. Be prepared to discuss in class.
- Research your site through the internet: statistics, history, google earth, etc., portal resources, maps; take public transportation there, walk around, talk to people, draw the space, photograph, etc.
- Investigate the specific social and environmental issues of concern to the local community, critical research questions.
- Identify potential partners, permissions, permits, participants, resources & funders.
- Do concept sketches and/or models of your ideas for real projects.
- Create the first draft of a project proposal.
Action Research & Project Proposals
Discussion of readings
Workshop & critique project proposals
Individual meetings to review research, concepts, proposals, partners, timelines & potential funding sources.
- What is Working in Public? http://www.workinginpublicseminars.org/ peruse pdfs.
- Read a second reading on the portal.
- Post your finalized professional artist/designer statement and a visual portfolio of your work on the blog.
- Finalize your project proposal & post on the blog.
- Practice talking about your project with other people.
- Schedule a meeting with your identified project partner/s to discuss project possibilities.
Professional Profile Review
Westside Site Visit – Meet with Director and stakeholders
7 pm Blockclub Meeting Presentation – tba
Presentation of Preliminary Project Proposals
Review of Budgets & Action Plans
Presentation of Preliminary Project Proposals for Project Partners
In-class project proposal presentations for stakeholder feedback
- Meet with project partners to: present credentials and preliminary proposals to, facilitate partner feedback/input and or conduct a community design process.
- Co-conduct asset analysis: identify existing community assets, resources, potential institutional partners, project participants, and funding sources.
- Co-develop an action plan & timeline.
- Revise designs & proposal as required
- Present final project proposal to partners.
- Read another reading that supports your project development.
Discussion of final exhibition & community events planning
Individual meetings to review project status, goals, labor, materials & action plan/timeline.
- Post final project proposal on the blog.
- Propose a calendar for the remainder of the semester classes, activities, events & meetings with instructor & TA.
- Work on actualizing your project throughout the semester.
- Plan your work for the final exhibition.
- Plan your part in the culminating community event.
- Continually document your project process & post updates on the blog.
3/30 – 5/11
Actualization of Projects & Exhibition – tba
5/4 – CRIT WEEK – no class
Community Site Event & Celebration