This course is an introduction to and exploration of the making of and thinking of art that challenges traditional models of art by combining materials and processes. We will primarily focus on generating new ways of thinking rather than acquiring new technical skills. We will examine forms of art-making that don’t necessarily exist within the confines of a gallery/institutional space and that are dependent not on the genius of the individual and the making of unique, original art objects, but on the depth and value of connecting art to the private, public, human, technological, social, political, economic and cultural layers of contemporary society. Photo, video, image, sculpture and performance-based projects will encourage interdisciplinary problem solving, spatial installations, collaboration with others and champion process over product. This class will involve how you interact with each other, and other people, while you examine the roles that art does and does not play in contemporary culture.