Study Abroad/Off-Campus: Art on the Run: Traveling Studio Practice in Romania
July 27 (depart the US on July 26)–August 15
All active participants in today's cultural world are now expected to offer their productive output to a global audience, to be prepared to be constantly on the move from one venue to the next, and to present their work with equal persuasion—regardless of where they are.
—Boris Groys, The City in the Age of Touristic Reproduction
Art on the Run is about entering into a foreign community, a different history and landscape, and through that immersion creating art. It is the principle of the art residency in which the artist transports his or her creative practice into a fresh context, reacting to and translating the new space, finding inspiration, and engaging with a new audience.
In this summer study trip, students will critically investigate and experience site-specific studio practice. In a set of five diverse sites, landscapes, and art communities in Romania, students will create work in Bucharest studios inspired by their changing surroundings and the class's ongoing critical discourse, which will culminate in a group exhibition.
We will travel to five sites: Bucharest, Tauseni, Sibiu, the Danube river, and Sfantu Gheorghe. Students will engage in studio practice and intimate conversations and critiques with Romanian visual artists, filmmakers, performers, and theatre directors. These sites hold a variety of institutions ranging from experimental centers of production and alternative gallery spaces, commercial and national galleries, and museums of baroque and contemporary art and ethnographica. Each location has a different landscape, history and culture. Tauseni is the site of Alexandru Chira's landart installation. Sibiu, a fortress city in the northern mountains, historically was German. Sf. Gheorghe is a fishing village where the Danube meets the Black Sea. Bucharest, the sole metropolis of the region, will host the final exhibition of works made during our journeys at Platforma, one of the most popular venues for art experimentation in Bucharest.
The trip is scheduled to coincide with Anonimul Independent International Film festival in Sfantu Gheorghe, which hosts nightly screenings of new international films on the beach. The locations, with their specific history as well as the means of travel (train, bus, boat) are taken into account as sources of critical inquiry and artistic production.
Credits: 3 credits STUDIO and/or 3 credits LIBARTS (Humanities or Social Science credit; subject to approval by the Liberal Arts department)
Irina Botea: Film, Video, New Media, and Animation
Alan Rhodes: Visual Communication Design
Program fee: Approx. $1,500
Includes accommodation in shared rooms, studio and exhibition space, admissions, ground transport, and some group meals. Does not include airfare.
PLUS tuition cost per credit:
Undergraduate—$1,327 per credit hour
Graduate—$1,409 per credit hour
Budget at least $1,500 for airfare if flying from the United States. (Note this is only an estimated figure. Actual fare will depend on many variables including airline, number of stopovers, exchange rate fluctuations, ports of departure and return, and date of ticket purchase).
Online registration begins: March 12, 2014
Deposit due at registration: $525
Wednesday, February 12, 4:15 p.m.
MacLean Center, 112 S. Michigan Ave., suite 315
Thursday, March 6, 4:15 p.m.
MacLean Center, 112 S. Michigan Ave., suite 707