Spring 2014

Experimental Garage Science: The Art of Ubiquitous Material 

Listed in: Art and the History of Art, as ARHA-305

Moodle site: Course


Markus H. Wirthmann (Section 01)


In this course, students will employ a range of techniques and experimental practices to create work from ubiquitous materials. Ubiquitous materials include the byproducts of science and engineering, craft and industry; commercial items found at hardware, pet, grocery, household, and building materials suppliers; and natural elements such as water, light, air, and sand. Using the studio as laboratory, students will determine conditions that catalyze the physical transformation of everyday material into works of art.  Students will assume the attitude of a pseudoscientist, defining the parameters for experimentation but not overly influencing the outcome.  An essential component of the artistic work will be the enabling of material change and transformation.  In addition to studio practice, research, discussion, and film screenings will be integral to the course.

Limited to 12 students.  Spring semester. Visiting Artist-in Residence Wirthmann.

If Overenrolled: ARHA majors, then non-majors and Five College students.


Artistic Practice, Fine Arts for Non-majors


2017-18: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Spring 2014