Category Archives: COOPER UNION 2011:The Beginning of The End

Notes towards our Fall 2011 class in the Sculpture Dept.

End Notes II

Please consider posting the texts/sound files/otherwise remains of your critiques with fellow students here. It is plausible that some have requested that their critique remain private; their dialogue will not surface here. For example, I have written a letter as critique to Lydia, as per her request to each of us. She has elected for […]

End Notes: Playboy After Dark. Funk Lessons. Love and Community. Jalal, Again.

Wednesday is our final class.We shall meet where we began, at school. This is what all of you collectively decided at the end of our class at MNN. The school has what we need this time. The institution does not necessarily institutionalize us. Some would like to bring food. Some would like to make themselves […]

Critique: Tyler, Priscilla, Julie, Moriah

Strike “Fantasy Critique” from the record. We start again to determine another form of responding to work made. Noemi has suggested that we all post suggestions of how one could respond to the works and then each of us selects a suggested method posed by another and realizes it. No dissent was registered at the […]

Suggestions for Last Class Location

Together, we should determine what makes sense in regards to our class. 1. Some suggested a home. Which home? a student’s? My studio/basement? Another? 2. Some suggested the school. It offers what we need. 3. Some hoped to think of something that resonated with the course work. These folks use the mountain.  

The Gradient. The Mark. The Result. The Letter. The End. How?

We are coming to the (institutional) end of this course. The institution requires a grade and the teacher is required to dispense a mark.  How shall we calculate?  Do we award perfect attendance (he was always physically present/ she was always mentally present)? Are we able to calculate the number of hours a student worked […]

More on Other Forms of Critique: Its an Ocean (this topic)

NOTE TO CLASS: Read Aloud or It Breaks Down.  Read aloud until it breaks down.  If I Told Him, A Completed Portrait of Picasso BY GERTRUDE STEIN             If I told him would he like it. Would he like it if I told him.             Would he like it would Napoleon would Napoleon would would he […]

DELEUZE here. Control vs. Discipline. Our Explication

Dear Scholars, Natasha Marie Llorens will lead our class in a television broadcast discussion on Friday about social practice as a medium and how the Deleuze we read but did not discuss figures into it. Please post your explicating , video, or text here so NML can take a look at how you are interpreting […]

Fantasy Critique

The class  collectively believes there are some imperfections in the form of the art critique .  Yet, this  form is all they know.The class’s list of what critique presently claims to be is overarching and sometimes specific. The classroom’s list of what critique could be is truncated. But how do we invent forms external to […]

The Reality of the Critique (as relayed by the members of the class)

Critique as a form is central to our class. A member of the class (A.) requested that we back-up, convene, and analyze just  how critique functions in this institution. (MWB transcribed because she  is not of the institution and is only passing through.) The students relay: THIS INSTITUTION: CRITIQUE YOU MUST BE PRESENT FOR YOUR […]

New Readings

Readers, Friday, we meet, again, at school…unless you have an off- site class site  in mind that you think suits the context of us hashing out the details as to how to organize for our in-house production of television shows. We will need to be speaking and reading. We shall utilize  Claudia Rankine’s  “Don’t Let […]

Public Access Television Screening Times of Our Work

Our Contact at Public Access Reports: “Here’s the air dates I’ve gotten. I’ll let you know tomorrow who’s stuff is going to be airing on the 18th.” Tue, 10/18 at 8 PM, channel 34  (Jacki, Shawn, Ariel, Lydia, Noemie) Fri, 10/21 at 8 PM, channel 34 Mon, 10/24 at 8 PM, channel 34 Mon, 10/31 […]

Footage: African-Americans Gaining More Access to Television Commercials (1968)

The belittled and cast aside television ad, at one point, is an access point. Here, a talent agant, both mocks the positions available to African-American  actors as she jockeys for them. At this point, we may wish to mock the manipulations of the capital machine that attempts to convince the consumer that they are just […]

Marcel Duchamp Vs. Rocky Balboa (class politics, folks)

A Return to Duchamp…perhaps you recall the moment when I asked us to analyze the vagina (in Etant Donnes). Perhaps my question was drowned out by the pulsing soundtrack that accompanied our outdoor gathering. As a class we were reticent. Below, you will find an article that analyzes this body in relationship to class and […]

Post your Public Access Selection Link and Text Here

Please post your selection for the Public Access screening here along with your text as a comment here. This will allow us to efficiently organize the excerpts for the screening. Please specify the station and its location, as well as title. Make up a title if none exists. Thanks.

Auxilliary Materials for Class #4

TEXT: Claudia Rankine’s  Don’t Let Me Be Lonely  (Pay attention to the attention she pays to television (as cult object, as sedative, as soundtrack, as balm, as text, as ____). VIDEO: The New Wave (1973) Part 1. Created by WGBH Boston  Are his positions still salient? Can you threaten the balance of power via dissemination? […]

Class #4: A Regional Curation of Public Access

On October 7th, from 2:30 to 4:00, our class will screen an hour and a half of public access videos at The Spectacle theater in Williamsburg. Please attempt to get to the theater by 2. I know that transit from Cooper must be accounted for, 230 at latest.Class will end at 5. – select a […]

Class #3: Unauthorized spectatorship (field trip)

Cooper Coterie, Class #3 aimed to introduce: to observe one example of unauthorized spectatorship to analyze one model for operating outside of traditional means of support (grants/galleries/wealthy patronage) to suss out just where artists’ aims and existing residents’ desires break down/fall apart/deviate Other sundry aims: The Test Audience  The  gaps in your initial efforts will […]

PUBLIC ACCESS (details for your submission)

Mattie Looks for Steve Biko by Hulleah Tsinhnahjinnie, 1990 (In this collage, Tsinhnahjinnie is imagining another sort of television. Both subjects, are generally not touching one another in a local context. Biko was an anti-apartheid activist in South Africa in the 1960’s and 1970’s. He was murdered while in police custody. The little girl, a North […]

Class #2: One Possible Departure Point (based on Being Given)

A. Let’s keep operating under the artifice that Being Given is a video. It is a video that depends on one singular scene that is in motion because of one floating detail (waterfall). Construct a singular image that is robust enough to sustain return glances and a sustained broadcast. Mr. Pastor 77’s  aesthetic economy is […]

Class #2: Being Given: A Field Trip in Excess

ABOVE: Julie provided an image of Being Given in the throws of a secret twenty year production period. REQUIRED READING: The Portrait of the Pubescent Girl: A Rite of Non-Passage. Forthcoming Books, 2011 (available for download as a PDF file here). VOLUNTARY FIELD TRIP: We travel together (by bus) to view Marcel Duchamp’s  Etant donnes […]