Spring 2024

Art and the Nonhuman

Listed in: Art and the History of Art, as ARHA-431


Brian House (Section 01)


In this studio-seminar course, we will investigate the notion of nonhuman agency: geophysical and anthropogenic phenomena in earth systems, plant and animal volition, and the proliferation of machine intelligences. The work of contemporary artists across mediums will be presented for analysis and critique by the class, and we will discuss readings by philosophers and media critics. Research-based practices in the arts will be highlighted, and techniques borrowed from the sciences will be considered as methods of art-making. In addition to writing responses to weekly reading, students will incorporate the themes of the course in studio-based art for critique.

Spring 2024. Professor House

How to handle overenrollment: Priority will be given to ARHA majors and subsequently according to class year.

Students who enroll in this course will likely encounter and be expected to engage in the following intellectual skills, modes of learning, and assessment: Studio art projects in textual, visual, and aural mediums, in-class critiques including visual and verbal analysis, textual analysis of readings, oral presentations, systems thinking

ARHA 431 - LEC

Section 01
M 1:00 PM - 2:20 PM FAYE 303
W 1:00 PM - 2:20 PM FAYE 303