Trash Animals: The Art of Living in a Human World
ANST-GA 2500.001 / TBD / 6-Week Session I / MW 10:00am-12:55pm / Nissim
- This course counts as an elective for both ES and AS Undergraduate programs.
Cities reshape the evolutionary path of urban wildlife. Synanthropic animals evolve to thrive in hostile city habitats and are best adapted to climate change, they are drawn to human-made trash. In this class, we will discuss human-made environments as ecosystems and examine the many animals who live in these ecosystems, the complex relationships between animals and trash, and the different ways in which waste is tightly connected to human consumption and other behaviors. We will also react to this information in artistic form. This class is at the intersection of art, science, and technology and will be a combination of hands-on practice, case studies, and readings on systems thinking, research, and theory. We will meet artists and activists who work in the public realm and create site-specific work. We will learn about the challenges public art holds and possible ways to deal with them, such as grabbing attention, being durable, and most importantly corresponding with the site and creating a commentary. And we will work on projects that raise awareness, transform perceptions, or inspire change around a social justice issue, story, or community.