Re: Florence Contemporary (Residential 0.5 Summer Elective)
Location: OCADU Studio, Florence, Italy
Dates: 7th May – 1st June, 2018
Info session on Monday, February 26th at 2PM-2:45PM in the DF Boardroom 7th Floor DF Faculty Offices @ 205 Richmond St.
What are the legacies of the renaissance within the dominant canon and how are they reflected and resisted in contemporary art and design? This course interrogates the new within the context of the old, with site visits and immersion in contemporary cultural production in Florence. The rich transdisciplinarity of Florentine renaissance sites and artworks is considered alongside the thriving contemporary artisanal culture of the city. This graduate course in studio and scholarly practices offers a compelling opportunity for art and design research and creation, aligning student’s thesis objectives within a context of deep cultural interaction and international enquiry.
This residential opportunity in the heart of Florence will consist of directed and self-directed studio time, museum and site visits, field trips, presentations and critiques, and an open studio at the end of our time in Florence. OCAD University’s resident Art Historian, Dr. Katharina Giraldi will contribute an art history module with site visits to important Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque sites in the context of this Graduate level course. In addition, there are optional field trips planned within Florence, to Fiesole, and to Siena. Students may also travel to Venice to visit the Biennale of Architecture.
Students interested in this elective should send a brief proposal (500 – 1000 words max) outlining their proposed studio and/or research activities in Florence, and its relationship to their Thesis / MRP studies and submit it by March 1st to IAMD Coordinator Ashley Snook and Acting IAMD Program Director Dr. Martha Ladly. This proposal is required in order to plan the activities of the course, and to ensure that student’s ambitions for their learnings in the course can be fully supported.
I will hold a further info session on Monday, February 26th at 2PM-2:45PM in the DF Boardroom 7th Floor DF Faculty Offices @ 205 Richmond St. W for Florence Contemporary to discuss the course and student proposals, to give students a chance to meet each other and discuss the course, travel and accommodations etc. and I look forward to meeting you then.
Dr. Martha Ladly