Spring 2022 BFA Electives, Topics in 3D: Making an Object Speak – Emilio Rojas


Brian Jungen, Prototype for New Understanding. 1998-2005

Topics in 3D: Making an Object Speak

PUFA 3230; CRN 11678

Making an Object Speak- Sculpture in dialogue with Performance. This class will question the relationship of objects, materials and sculpture to our bodies? Introducing students to a wide spectrum of ideas and practices in contemporary performance in relation to sculpture including performance in the everyday life, rituals, actions, durational performance, installation, land art and social practice. Centering the work of BIPOC, and Latin-American artists as well as indigenous epistemologies in relation to process, place-based learning and making. Students will learn the history of performance practices, explore theoretical issues of material culture, object-oriented ontology and embodiment, and develop individual and collaborative works. Each of the assigned projects will help you understand not just how to make sculptures, but how to physically activate and collaborate with your creations through site-specificity, installation, poetics, movement, media and endurance. The aim of the class is to establish a dialogue with materials through time, space and our bodies, and begin a conversation that might lead to a lifetime of explorations and variations that strengthens your practice as an artist.

Artists References : Zina Saro-Wiwa, Wura-Natasha Ogunji , Beau Dick, Nicholas Galanin, Naomi Bebo, Brian Jungen, Santiago Limon, Poncili Creations, Brendan Fernandez, Dana Claxton, Rebecca Horn, Carla Xaim, Baseera Khan, Sylvia Palacios Whitman, Cassils, Zoe Kreye, Liliana Maresca, Juliana Cerqueira Leite, Anna Maria Maiolino, Katiushka Melo, Yade Yumang, Helio Oiticica, Lygia Clark, Mika Rottenberg, Laura Ortman, Ernesto Pujol, Rotimi Fani-Kayodi, Senga Nengudi, Merce Cunningham, EJ Hill, Jimmy Roberts, Oscar Schdemmer, Nikita Gale, Maria Hassabi, Felix Gonzalez-Torres, David Lamelas, Franz Erhard Walther, Mickalene Thomas, Marta Minujin, Lygia Pape.

Open to: Bachelors degree in Fine Arts majors, others by permission of the Fine Arts program. Pre-requisite(s): PUFA 2200 Core Seminar 1: Sign & System, PUFA 2230 Core Studio 1: 3D, and at least one of the following: PUFA 2220 Core Studio 1: 2D or PUFA 2240 Core Studio 1: 4D.