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Second major: Studio Art
Here is an abstract of the project, and a location map below.
The Anthropocene is a rising theme in the contemporary art world. It is rare to enter a gallery space that doesn’t include work relating to the Anthropocene. The rise of the Anthropocene discourse in art also parallels a shift from the doctrine of art-for-art's-sake to an age where many artists take on a role as culture-shifters for social good. The art emerging from the Anthropocene discourse includes political, activist-driven, research-based work that often acts as a prototype for a future world. In this paper I research the relevance of place to the power of artworks as symbolic actions. I focus on how the engagement and presentation of artworks in public and gallery spaces contribute to their ability to become precursors for social change. Using intensive research methods, image analysis and interviews with artists, I study a selection of Anthropocene-focused artworks and trace the effects of their interaction with the public. This research suggests artworks in galleries act primarily to further and reflect academic discussion. However public artworks have a greater capacity to become prototypes for social action due to their engagement, visibility, action outside of institutional spaces. Space for art in the Anthropocene is interdisciplinary, collaborative, and continuously expanding.
Framing and focus questions
The ENVS capstone is defined by key questions. Following our situated approach to interdisciplinary environmental research, these include a broad framing question that serves as general motivation for this capstone project, and a specific focus question that defines the project’s research agenda. The framing and focus questions for this capstone are below.
Framing question: What are the spaces for art in the Anthropocene?
Focus question: How are gallery and public art spaces effective in setting a precedent for environmental action?
Depending on its type, the ENVS thesis results in a variety of outcomes, including a thesis (an extended scholarly manuscript), or a variety of non-thesis outcomes. Below is information on this capstone type, with links at bottom to all outcomes.
Type of capstone: Thesis (regular)
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