Comedy as Artistic Strategy
Listed in: Art and the History of Art, as ARHA-92
Sara H. Rafferty (Section 01)
This course is structured around the tropes of comedic aesthetics: stand-up, slapstick, situations, puns, pratfalls, and pity. Taking aesthetic and thematic cues from comedians and funny situations rather than from a specific artistic medium or technique, students will utilize video, audio, photographs, diagrams, performance, and sculptural props to create and document new artworks that are informed by the aesthetics and practices of humor. Concurrent threads of pathos, performance, identity, and language will also be explored in examples of historical and contemporary artworks dealing with humor and, especially, examples of historical and contemporary comedic performance and broadcast. Weekly screenings and readings will be organized by type of comedic strategy or format (stand-up, slapstick, ensemble, wordplay, radio/audio recording, television, concrete comedy, skits/sketches, parody, impressions, etc.). Projects will include self-directed and collaborative artworks, exercises, field recordings, and texts. In addition, there will be a class website which will serve as exhibition space and site of experimentation for the distribution and creation of these funny (or sad, as the case may be) artworks.
Priority given to seniors and art majors. Limited to 15 students. Spring semester. Visiting Artist-in-Residence Rafferty.
If Overenrolled: Priority given to Seniors and Art Majors after discussion with the professor
Offerings2013-14: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Spring 2010