FA YSDN 3106: Fall 2011

Archive for October, 2011


The last two cases in Section C, #3 & 4, are now being used by YSDN’s other profs & classes, so plan on NOT using these. (Dr. Gill’s class is also giving up 4 cases for another Prof now…)

YSDN appreciates your flexibility & generousity on behalf of your ‘fellow’ colleagues!

FYI- in last Sunday’s New York Times (October 23, 2011) there was in the Arts Sections articles on the Museum. Below are links on a couple of them:

Extreme Museum: The Rigors of Contemplation

Stealing the Show (away from the Museums, Galleries Stir Excitement)

Rendezvous With Art and Ardent “…use social media and to keep in touch about arts events and socialize with each other.”

TCC vs Bike Lanes: on skaters

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Hi Class,

Trust you had a good break.

Am posting new Course Calendar w updates noted in CAPS. These mark progression of steps to take toward final Projects ie group presentation, installation & documentation.

Pls read adjacent column two, “REVISED Calendar: Weeks 6-12” & bring any questions to class this Fri, Oct 21st.


AGO/Queen West Group more on ‘Scapes


Appadurai articulated a view of cultural activity known as the social imaginary. For Appadurai the imaginary is composed of five dimensions of global cultural flow: 1) ethnoscapes; 2) mediascapes; 3) technoscapes; 4) finanscapes; 5) ideoscapes.
He describes his articulation of ‘the imaginary’ as:
“The image, the imagined, the imaginary – these are all terms that direct us to something critical and new in global cultural processes: the imagination as a social practice. No longer mere fantasy (opium for the masses whose real work is somewhere else), no longer simple escape (from a world defined principally by more concrete purposes and structures), no longer elite pastime (thus not relevant to the lives of ordinary people), and no longer mere contemplation (irrelevant for new forms of desire and subjectivity), the imagination has become an organized field of social practices, a form of work (in the sense of both labor and culturally organized practice), and a form of negotiation between sites of agency (individuals) and globally defined fields of possibility. This unleashing of the imagination links the play of pastiche (in some settings) to the terror and coercion of states and their competitors. The imagination is now central to all forms of agency, is itself a social fact, and is the key component of the new global order” [3]
Appadurai credits Benedict And

UPDATE for Week 5: Lecture- Design Alternative

Lecture 5: Design Alternatives

UPDATE: Oct 7, Wk 5- NO Reading Responses

Subject: Re: Reading Response
Hi Catherine,
I noticed that we have read the readings for this week before. I just want to confirm if there are no reading responses due this week then?

Subject: I see what you mean, NO rnr this week &…
Will post this as an update on class blog.
Many thanks, I’ve been switching things around given the display cases availability so late in the semester.

Lecture & Screenings Update

Lectures & Screenings Update (Oct 3)

Project 4: Installation- cabinet maps

Dimensions & Locations