[MUSI 250] Selected Topics in Sound Studies–Ephemeral Art: Study, Creation, and Experience
Human experience is already fleeting, but what happens when art—often considered to capture something of human experience—is intentionally made to be short-lived? As many disciplines move away from texts (and the associated implication of permanence) and towards embodiment, some art is created for a specific place, time, or body and never to be repeated.
This course investigates ephemerality, notions of performativity, and the aesthetic experience from interdisciplinary perspectives, including readings and discussions about sound, dance, theatre, visual art, street art, land art, digital art, and installation. Putting theory into practice, students create and/or perform, document, and write about their own ephemeral art. Ephemeral art events take place on campus throughout the semester.