Critical Making: Art Center MDP
In Critical Frameworks: Lab students engage with ideas-in-the-making, directly from the thought leaders and creative practitioners who are making them. In the class, guest instructors “workshop” ideas from a project that is underway or has just been completed, through readings, screenings, talks, and field trips. Students learn to orient themselves in a domain of new ideas and respond with “writing” that can take many different forms from tweets to ontological schemata to conference papers to short stories. Spring 2013 brings Shannon Herbert, Benjamin Bratton, and Garnet Hertz to the Lab.

Garnet Hertz: Critical Making
This module will explore the concept of critical making, a term coined by Matt Ratto that proposes that hands-on physical work—making—has a clear place in enhancing and extending the process of critical reflection. Students will explore readings in the field through Hertz’s recent Critical Making project—a handmade bookwork that brings together sixty authors who explore the concept that makers need to be critically engaged with culture, history and society. Students will produce visual or written responses to this work, and the module will conclude with the class using this content to produce and publish their own handmade zine.
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