This course will introduce students to major issues surrounding site-specific art, including Earth art, out-door sited art and installation art within an architectural space. The range of artistic interpretation of site-specificity will be examined, from works that are conceived for and inseparable from a particular site, to works created in response to one site, but subsequently reconceived in response to another. We will place special emphasis on the relationship, both physical and conceptual, that site-specific artworks have with their site. While the primary focus of the course will be on temporarily sited artworks, some relevant examples of permanent public art will also be investigated. Through readings, discussion and looking at images, the course will provide an opportunity to approach and understand an important development in post war and contemporary art. Field trips will be integral to the course.
Course Code: HTA 336