Art and the Environment in East Asia
This cluster examines the relationship between environment and the arts in East Asia, focused on China and Japan. Students explore ways artists and authors have interacted with nature in literature, fine arts, and film. The courses begin with texts that treat nature as site of inspiration and harmony, and move on to texts that consider the more ambiguous ways that humans have interacted with nature across time. The cluster culminates in public art projects that students will conceive, produce, and introduce to the public, in response to the themes studied in the cluster.
Biennials and Conservation
In the world of Contemporary Art, concerns of artists, institutions, and conservators must be weighed against one another to arrive at practical solutions and policies. As biennials and art fairs become the most popular venues for debuting and selling contemporary art, transport between this temporary site and its more permanent home usually mean changes to the artwork that may conflict with the artist's intention or institution's infrastructure or policies. Students in this 360 engage a deeper history of Contemporary Art -- one that considers the ways in which an artwork's exhibition and its care structure its meaning in complex ways.
Climate change is one of the most pressing issues of our time. This 360 cluster integrates philosophical, scientific, and policy perspectives to highlight both the complexity of the issue and the many innovative ideas that are being developed to address it worldwide . We explore how scientific and technological development have combined with societal notions of the good life and public policy initiatives to promote the energy-intensive, growth-oriented consumer society. Students look at how the advent of human-induced climate change has prompted new ways of thinking about quality of life, new technological approaches to energy supply, and new political solutions to problems of resource exploitation and environmental justice.