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Site-Specific Design, Fall 2010, 2011



This class publishes a book of student final projects which is available for viewing and purchase here for 2010, and here for 2011.

c o u r s e o v e r v i e w
This course will provide a broad conceptual basis for exploring issues of site-contextual art
making and design that can be applied to digital media platforms. The course is structured
as part seminar, part studio. You will participate in reading-based discussions that investigate
historical and theoretical aspects of site-engagement in art and design, while conducting your
own research and projects based on topics covered in class. Expanded definitions of “site”
beyond the geographic will be considered, and will be informed by investigations into different
kinds of spaces, such as psychological, performative, and social. Virtual space will also be
considered. However, the aim of this course is to encourage hybrid combinations of the
physical and the digital.

o b j e c t i v e s
Looking at historical and theoretical spatial practices with regard to site-specific art and design,
you will experiment with how to incorporate these ideas into your work.

1. To explore the cross-pollinating possibilities of combining disparate strategies,
processes, attitudes, frames, and technologies with regard to approaching
site-contextual practices.

2.In particular, encourage hybrid possibilities out of digital interventions in physical space.

critical thinking & dialogue:
1. To explore and extend the language of site-specific design for the purpose of enabling
critical dialogue, analysis of works, expansion of literacy and exchange of ideas and

2. To foster a collective diversity of criticism that promotes experimentation, research,
and affirmation of new creative thought, identity, collaboration and possibilities.

1. To create works that relate media/process and space/site/place conceptually.

2. To problem solve how site informs meaning and to use those meanings in your work.

3. To create works that relate to site and engender a transfiguration of ordinary space into
an extra-ordinary art experience.

4. To document your project in a publishable form that will stand as a record of your

t e x t s
Kwon, Miwon. One Place After Another: Site-Specific Art and Locational Identity.
Rugg, Judith. Exploring Site-Specific Art: Issues of Space and Internationalism.
Doherty, Claire. Situation.
Doss, Erika. Memorial Mania: Public Feeling in America.
Kaye, Nick. Site-Specific Art: Performance, Place, and Documentation.
Miessen, Markus, ed. Did Someone Say Participate? An Atlas of Spatial Practice.
Suderburg, Erika. Space, Site, Intervention: Situating Installation Art.
Wodiczko, Krzysztof. Critical Vehicles: Writings, Projects, Interviews.