In this course students will explore a rich variety of contemporary philosophical ideas through reading, discussion and art production. We will begin with the turn from modernism to postmodernism, and an overview of the ontological and existential questions that accompanied the two world wars; we then follow up with explorations of language, identity and activism in the history of art and ideas. With a particular emphasis on poetics, poststructuralism, critical theory, and the postcolonial and feminist contributions of the 20th and 21st centuries, this course will reveal the workings of language and its deconstruction in creative practice. 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 participate using the artistic media of their choice, from traditional to new media. All levels welcome. No prior experience with philosophy is necessary for success in this course. NOTE: This course is fully online. Students will enjoy learning with a combination of media-based lectures and live video conferences with the instructor and classmates. Online meetings are recorded for students to review at their convenience. Additionally, there are opportunities for asynchronous discussion with the instructor and students throughout the semester.
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