Sunless: toward a poetics of collections (artist/designer as curator) – CANCELED

Instructor: Natalja Kent, Harvard Art Museum Fine Art Photographer and Joe Steele, MDES 2016 ADPD

Max Enrollment: 12

Date/Time: Jan 7-9/9 a.m. -5 p.m.

Location: TBD

Description: This course explores the idea of artist/designer as curator. This hands-on workshop will examine the idea of the database through the collections of the Harvard libraries and museums. From the outset, we will read some short texts on database read against/with documentary, bricoleur, and the curiosity cabinet, in addition to visiting a physical collection. Students will learn rapid-prototyping, design-thinking, and translational skills working with real and virtual collections and propose their own museum show or artistic/design intervention using media. 

Guest critics will include faculty and staff from across Harvard schools, libraries, and museums, who will give you specific, actionable feedback on your maquettes and proposals. People across all disciplines are encouraged to apply. No previous experience with documentary photography, phonography, or moving image required.  

The workshop will be held in Gund (Room TBD) and the Art-Study Center in the Harvard Art Museum.

none, an interest in documentary and/or working with collections