New Genres offers an interdisciplinary approach to art making, committed to developing experimental and radical art practices. New Genres recognizes the legacies of conceptual art, social practice, performance art and new media arts. The courses offer instruction in video and sound production, performance, text based art and installation. New Genres focuses on critical thinking and ideation through experimental methodologies and innovative technologies.
Students in New Genres will create their own visual language through research methods, critical thinking, collaboration, and performative processes. Students are encouraged to experiment with new ways to make art by responding directly to current socio-political conditions and forms of representation.
New Genres is rooted in the avant-garde traditions that emerged in the early 20th century, and is fundamental to the formation of Modern and Contemporary Art. New Genres seeks students who wish to develop the art of the future.
Students will receive instructions and have access to audio and video production, lighting equipment, green screen, sound recording studio, digital printers, video editing software, animation tools, and basic book-binding equipment.
Audio Lab, room 11005
Digital Lab, room 11005
AV Cage, room 11005
For any student enrolled in a New Genres course, please email to schedule access to equipment: firstname.lastname@example.org
New Genre Beginner
This introduction to New Genres includes video, sound, performance, installation and other media based arts. Students use critical thinking to develop conceptual and material processes. Skills and tools explored in this course include the use of digital technologies, recording equipment, and editing methods.
New Genre Advanced
In this course each student concentrates on a specific conceptual approach to methods and materials. New Genres Advanced builds on the ideas and skills learned in the beginning course. Individual exploration is emphasized through a deeper knowledge of tools, processes and critical discourse. May be repeated once (i.e., taken twice).
While art is often perceived as independent from politics and social history, this course will examine how these underlying contexts affect aesthetics and meaning in art. Many artists have resisted traditional and conventional approaches to art in order to inform us of the existence of other perspectives, histories and voices. This course offers the opportunity to reflect upon the relationship between art and activism by applying—in students’ own art work—critical methods generated by current events, critical theory, literature and social history. Through creative projects, exposure to other artists’ work, readings and films, this course will explore the historical, political and social influences within which art is made and disseminated.This course will be a platform for exploring questions such as: Is all art political? What is the value of protest? Why is there a dominant historical narrative and how does that effect our perceived realities? Are utopia’s political and what is useful about the impossible? What is the relationship between money and art, sexuality and art, power and art? In the age of mass information and disinformation what do terms like ‘alternative,’ ‘underground,’ or ‘radical’ really mean? And what responsibility does an artist have to the public when making political art? Students from all art disciplines —Painting, Sculpture, Printmaking, Photography, Drawing and New Genres—may take this Special Topics course for credit.
Tamy Ben-Tor Using spoken word, various soundtracks, costumes, masks and wigs, Ben-Tor’s videos and performances are a hysteric embodiment of her surroundings and an amplified over exaggerated interpretation of “Normal”.
Daniel Bozhkov is an artist who employs a variety of media, from fresco to performance, installation and video. He works with professionals from different fields, operating as an amateur intruder/visitor, who also functions as a producer of new meaning into seemingly closed systems.
A.K. Burns is an interdisciplinary artist steeped in transfeminist issues. Building allegorical environments using video, installation, sculpture, drawing, writing and collaboration, Burns question how we value what we value and why.
Dave McKenzie is an artist who uses video, performance, and text to explore how and why subjects engage-with and become-with one another. Projects include the ephemeral the itinerant and the always changing.
Liz Naiden’s work uses text, performance, sound and light in spatialized and site-specific contexts to explore embodiment, presence, and interactivity.