SFAI: An interdisciplinary and transnational approach to education in art and culture

SFAI: An interdisciplinary and transnational approach to education in art and culture

San Francisco Art Institute

November 18, 2006
SFAI: An interdisciplinary and transnational approach to education in art and culture

San Francisco, CA 94133


800.345.SFAI / 415.749.4500

Students at SFAI are taught based on the fundamental understanding that the contexts in which we live, create, and work are intrinsically global and therefore inextricably linked.

SFAI’s interdisciplinary programs further the relationship between the practices and theories of contemporary art. The SCHOOL OF STUDIO PRACTICE offers BFA, MFA, and Post-Baccalaureate programs in Design Technology, Film, New Genres, Painting, Photography, Printmaking, and Sculpture. The SCHOOL OF INTERDISCIPLINARY STUDIES offers degree programs in History and Theory of Contemporary Art (BA, MA), Urban Studies (BA, MA), and Exhibition and Museum Studies (MA). Students choose electives and fulfill curriculum requirements from both schools, enjoying a student to faculty ratio of 1 to 5.

In the spring semester: writer and theater critic for The New Yorker Hilton Als will be in residence as Fellow in the Center for Word, Text, and Image, based in the School of Interdisciplinary Studies where he will conduct a seminar The Performance Lab. This seminar—along with After Dark, a magazine project—will take a detailed look at how the intersection of art, politics, and improvisation has contributed to the theatre of the future. Designed as a series of editorial meetings, cultural analysis, and writing, After Dark takes the approach of a studio course to explore how the magazine form can serve as a tool of artistic practice and a form of cultural intervention. Hans Winkler will lead Bridge Project, a workshop that will realize a public art show in the city ‘space’ of San Francisco and serve as a forum for actions and interventions. Robin Gianattassio-Malle, producer of Michael Krasny’s “Forum” on NPR, and artist Paul Klein will lead The Interview as Medium of Research and Interrogation which will draw on principles and practices of journalism to explore how sound, voice, and image contribute to the formulation of an expressive narrative medium. Writer and curator Stephanie Ellis will lead the seminar Dust, Dirt, and Danger which will examine the dangers and potentials of contact and contamination, and the anxieties that fuel and justify various campaigns of cleansing—ethnic, racial, political, and sexual. Jane McGonigal, game designer and associate producer of the documentary “G4M3RS” will lead This Might Be a Game: Ubiquitous Play in the Everyday, a studio course that explores experimental game design and how and to what ends such projects reconfigure the technical, formal, and social limits of play and performance in relation to everyday life. Curator, writer, and SFAI Dean Okwui Enwezor and curator Barbara Vanderlinden will lead Archive Making: A Typology of Exhibition and Museum Practice, in which students will be engaged in establishing, administering, and evaluating an ongoing archive of exhibition practices according to a number of general ideas such as the rhetoric of the exhibitions (publicity, posters, curatorial statements, press releases, symposia, etc.) and the architecture and installation of exhibitions (photographs documenting the installation, exhibition plans, etc.) Artist and Dean of Graduate Studies Renée Green again leads Spheres of Interest: Experiments in Thinking and Action, a seminar in which students investigate topics at an advanced level via materials including texts, films, and sound, in order to engage in an informed and concentrated dialogue with guest participants of the Graduate Lecture Series. Writer, historian, and critic Claire Daigle will lead the seminar Chromophilia: Parsing the Visible Spectrum which will offer a cross-cultural, interdisciplinary examination of color from art historical and critical perspectives. Artist Julio Morales will lead Hidden Noise (Record Label Project), a course in which students will create a record label and release a limited-edition collection of audio and music recordings as contemporary radio drama. Director of SFAI’s City Studio program, Tammy Ko Robinson will lead Culture Industry / Media Matters, a course organized along two lines of inquiry: meta-recycling and network society, considering the emergence and shifting role of media as a sensorium shaping perception in local and global logics of machine, user, and community. Artist and Chair of the Sculpture Department John Roloff will lead Site/Context: TransNature, a studio/site, laboratory-like class that will investigate issues of art and science, nature, post-nature, and ecological and natural systems. Director of Exhibitions and Public Programs and Chair of the Exhibitions and Museum Studies Program Hou Hanru will lead Acting Out in the City: Reflection, Action, and Self-organization in Contemporary Art, a seminar that will allow students to engage with the new public exhibition programs, and to develop, test, and realize small scale projects of exhibitions, publications, and other activities related to exhibition making.

Applications for BA and BFA first-year and transfer students for Spring 2007 will be accepted through mid-January.

SFAI’s SUMMER INSTITUTE offers a low-residency MFA degree program, the City Studio Pre-College and Teacher Professional Development programs, as well as studio and interdisciplinary courses for credit and non-credit. Courses range from one to eight weeks, and include a full range of studio disciplines, Art Writing, English as a Second Language, Art History, study/travel, and more.

For more information about these and other courses offered at SFAI, as well as information about how to apply, please see the website at http://www.sfai.edu or call 800.345.SFAI or 415.749.4500.

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