Made for Contemplation
Winter Quarter • 2008
Major areas of study include visual arts, media arts, meditative arts, feminist theory, art history, photography and writing.
Class Standing: This all-level program accepts up to 50 percent freshmen.
Joe Feddersen: Eagle, 2006
Winter Quarter: We will continue
our inquiry into an awareness of the numinous, which Rudolf Otto, amidst
the turmoil of WWI, explained as a "non-rational, non-sensory experience
or feeling whose primary and immediate object is outside the self."
In numinous experience everything but the experience of awareness falls
away. Just as lava lamps that were made for contemplation in the 60s
inspired renewed interest, Rudolf Otto's articulation of the numinous
has also regained popularity as evidenced in our central text, Buddha
Mind in Contemporary Art. Amidst contemporary global turmoil, we'll
be asking what kinds of objects, spaces and practices evoke for us,
now, a non-rational, non-sensory experience or feeling that takes us
outside the self to that which is "wholly other." During the
winter, we will take a regional approach, with a focus on the “Northwest
Mystics,” contemporary northwest artists, contemporary Salish art,
and the phenomenon of light.
We will continue to examine the recognized
numinous works of others from global contexts and develop skills to
create our own numinous art and experiences. We will explore how artists
and practitioners manufacture opportunities for contemplative responses
through visual arts, experimental film/video and meditative arts within
trans-historical, cross-cultural and gendered contexts. This will lead
to experiments in creating our own numinous works through skill development
in workshops and collaborative projects in visual arts, media arts,
community service and meditative arts, including yoga.
Reflection on the possible inherent disposition of our neurophysiology for numinous experience will be encourage throughout our inquiry. Such reflection will require the cultivation of analytic skills as well as the contemplative arts of listening and abiding in silence. We'll cultivate the capacity to pay attention to our awareness of experiences to which the most appropriate response is silence.
|10am - 12pm||11am - 1pm||10am - 12pm||9:30 – 12:30|
|POD Group Work||Film/Arts Screenings||Seminars||Studios|
|2pm - 5pm||1pm – 5pm||2pm - 5pm||Study|
|3pm – 5pm||Guest Artists||Governance||Studio|
Continuing from Fall:
Baas, Jacquelynn & Jacob, Mary Jane (Editors). Buddha Mind in Contemporary Art
Feldman, Christina. Silence
Miller, Richard. Yoga Nidra: The Meditative Heart of Yoga
Sayre, Henry M. Writing About Art
Solnit, Rebecca. As Eve Said to the
Serpent: on Landscape, Gender, and Art
New for Winter:
Ament, Deloris Tarzan. Iridescent Light: The Emergence of Northwest Art
Blanchard, Rebecca and Davenport, Nancy (eds.) Contemporary Coast Salish Art
Rush, Michael. New Media in Art
Zajonc, Arthur, Catching the Light: The
Entwined History of Light and Mind
OUR WORK IN
MADE FOR CONTEMPLATION
During the winter, each week will start
with visual or experiential material. We will screen a number of films,
examples of video art, and look at artists using new media to explore
awareness, perception, and the meditative mind. In addition, our weekly
schedule will include a lecture/presentation, field trip or guest artist
on Tuesday afternoons, Wednesday morning seminars, and creative workshops
in video art, collage, and yoga practice on Thursdays. Each student
will participate in one of the creative workshops for four weeks, followed
by fifth week presentations. Students will then be able to choose a
second four week workshop, followed by student presentations in week
ten. In addition, students will form and meet in peer groups (pods)
throughout the quarter to do creative work and peer reviews of student
Pods will continue to work collaboratively, developing a proposal for a Foundation Activities Grant for an installation to be completed by the end of the quarter. Pods will also be involved in developing community service projects related to the politics and pleasures of public, contemplative art. All program work will be complied in individual portfolios and shared in the fifth and tenth week program presentations.
Laurie Meeker, 2007
MADE FOR CONTEMPLATION
– WINTER 2008
Total: 16 credits per quarter
• Enrollment: 69
Special Expenses: Approximately
$330 each quarter for art and media supplies and yoga workshop fee.
Program is preparatory for careers and future studies in visual arts, media arts, meditative arts and feminist theory. This program is also listed under Culture, Text and Language and Expressive Arts.