Sculpture & Spatial Practice

The Sculpture and Spatial Practice major enables students to develop their own artistic and research practice, engaging with leading contemporary practitioners and theoreticians in a studio-based curriculum. Students develop their practice through projects that use a wide range of approaches, including socially-engaged art, video installation, publishing, performance, digital fabrication, and traditional sculptural processes such as bronze casting, soft sculpture, and metal and wood construction. Material and conceptual methods are developed in response to students' own interests, contextualized in relation to relevant contemporary art practices and discourses. These projects address broader issues in the world today and students develop research skills to bring appropriate ideas and methods from other fields into their work. This approach foregrounds the political implications of artistic decisions and material resolutions.


The Public School, Continental Drift / Control Society / Metamorphosis, 2009. Image courtesy of Telic Arts Exchange

Socially Engaged Art Practice: Authorship, Dialogue and Community

In this course we undertake experiments with "social practice" and "social sculpture", where the structure and direction of the relationships that constitute the art situation are activated to become politically engaged. 

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Alex Martinis Roe, For the joy of being together, they didn't have to agree, film still of a photograph courtesy of Ca la Dona archive Barcelona, 2015-2016.

Politics of Memory: Video Installation, Sculpture, Documentary and Monuments

In this course we examine the politics of storytelling in contemporary art practice and the effects of different kinds of historiographic methods in a range of media, including video installation, documentary and public sculpture.

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Falke Pisano, The Body in Crisis (Housing, Treating & Depicting), 2012

Politics of Bodies: Sculpture, Figure Modelling, Performance and Choreography

In this course we explore the genealogy of contemporary art practices that involve bodies and choreographies. 

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Mangan, Termite Economies (detail), 2018. Photo: Andrew Curtis

Posthuman Sculpture Practice with Active Materials: Bronze Casting, 3D Modelling and Bio Art

In response to the "super wicked" problems that we must respond to today like climate change, many contemporary art practices, alongside new materialist philosophy and recent research in the natural sciences complicate established ideas about the distinction between "nature" and "culture".

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