Critical Thinking for Creative Action 1
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This survey/lecture class will discuss methods of critical thinking as applied to creating works of art, sharing methods and ways of approaching formal creative problems from both modernistic and older historical perspectives.
Cited among others will be the work and methods of Emmanuel Kant, Rene Descartes, Brion Gysin, Kathy Acker, Tony Labat, Genesis P Orridge, Anais Nin, George Kuchar, William Vollmann, Socrates, Anna Nabokov, and Terrence McKenna.
Each class will consist of an hour's powerpoint and lecture, followed by a short break, leading into a second hour of group discussion about topics suggested by the lecture and the last week's class, as well as group critique of any relevant works the students choose to bring into the class for assessment.
This second section will be necessarily flexible, the structure of which will be greatly determined by the students themselves. A printed syllabus of relevant writings by the above listed authors and artists, additionally including Walter Benjamin, Carlos Castaneda, Benjamin Franklin, Ram Dass, Peter Sellars, Man Ray, James Baldwin, William Burroughs, Gertrude Stein, and others, will be provided to each member of the class.
It will be organized into 5 sections meeting once a week, each section addressing ideas such as
- Beautiful Lies
- Mirrors & Allies,
- Boundaries & Walls
- Dionysian & Apollonian Principles/ Heroic Living (High and Low)
- The Future In The Past
Classes are from 7-9pm on 1/20,1/27, 2/3, 2/10, and 2/17. Donations at the door will be accepted for those who cannot register for all classes.