Trashy (FV2323.02)

Jen Liu

This is a 7-week screening and discussion-based seminar on the concept and look of “trashiness” in modern and contemporary media and art practices.  We will look at a broad range of art practices and short films/media, primarily from the latter half of the 20th century into the 21st, with work produced in an independent/alternative context, though in conversation with larger cultural “trashy” phenomena.  This course will conclude with a final work of the student’s choice – whether it take the form of writing, art, or otherwise, it should engage with the theme of this course.

While “trashy” is a broad term, central to this course is the way it has been used as a cultural denigration turned on its head: used by historically marginalized artists and communities to exemplify and celebrate qualities in any combination: anti-aspirational, queer, counterfeit, filthy, punk and provisional.  Through looking at self-financed works and self-organized collaborations, with particular attention to a “trashy” approach to materials: substandard goods, dumpster and ruin diving, and the sharing of scant resources.  We’ll also take a look at art and philosophical writings on proximate ideas of camp, body horror, drag, gore capitalism, maximalism, glitch, abjection, discards, finding beauty in the provisional.   From Rammellzee to Tetsuo Iron Man, Shanzhai Lyric to Lung Leg, Los Espookys runs into the Holy Order of Roller Blades in the garden of Pink Flamingoes on their way to the Bliz-aard Ball Sale.

Learning Outcomes:
In this term, students will:
- Learn a partial history of self-financed multimedia art and film.
- Engage with historical content about the connection between low materials, aesthetics, and cultural resistance, while exploring counter art histories on the margins, as produced and distributed by historically minoritarian communities.
- Develop methods for considering the relation between form and content in cultural production.
- Develop their own work through an individual meeting with the instructor and presentation to the group.

Delivery Method: Fully in-person
Course Level: 2000-level
Credits: 2
T 2:10PM - 5:50PM (2nd seven weeks)
Maximum Enrollment: 15
Course Frequency: One time only

Categories: Two Credit , 2000 , Second Seven Week , All courses , Film and Video , Fully In-Person