How does philosophy inform and inspire artistic practice? In this course students will gain a foundation in the history of ideas and produce their own critically informed artworks in response. Through discussions and art production, we will grapple with questions of existence, purpose, beauty and spirituality, and inquire into the role of creative practice in the history of consciousness. Weaving ancient philosophical texts through modernist ideas from the Enlightenment through the early 20th century, we will look at examples of contemporary art and writing that reveal the workings of philosophical theory in today's creative landscape. Through online lectures presented in a variety of media, guest speakers, film screenings, interactive portfolio critiques and chat room discussions, each student's work will be reviewed and discussed in relation to texts by a range of artists and philosophers. Artists are invited to use the artistic media of their choice, from traditional to new media. NOTE: All levels welcome. No prior experience with philosophy is necessary for success in this course. This course is fully online and asynchronous. Without a set meeting time each week, students can learn and participate on their own schedule. However, there are assignments that will be due by specific dates.
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