counterforce lab: academics > land + environment

desma 173 fall 2018

173_topics in visual communication and image: land and environment
professor: rebeca méndez. ta:  maru garcía

photography is rapidly becoming the dominant art form in the 21st century, with international museums and galleries devoting huge exhibitions to the medium. with the undeniable and devastating effects our culture continues to have on the natural environment, many artists are turning their attention to creating works around the culture of nature. from the banal snapshot of one’s backyard, to classical photography of the sublime and human awe of nature, students will consider the full range of the artists’ photographic practice in the broad context of nature and the landscape.

project description: the ‘on this site’ project is an investigation of a specific site selected from the center for land use interpretation database, where the effects of the human interaction with the site have dramatically altered the landscape. the focus of the project is in art and environment. process: the project takes the students through the process of deconstructing a set of selected essays from the course reading, a selection of one predominate concept and word. a ‘reconstructing/ regenerating’ creative process in phases follows: research, concept, creative direction, design direction, design, production, communication strategy, and distribution.