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Spring 2014-2015
* ATL 497 / ENV 497 (LA)   P/D/F Only

Princeton Atelier - Performing Environmental Stories

Kelly C. Baum
Jenny Price


The term "social practice" refers to an increasingly popular form of public art that takes a participatory and often lighthearted approach to urgent social and political issues. In this Atelier, we will create an eco-corps that focuses on environmental issues. Students will design interactive projects--for example, tours, games, hoe-downs, dances, podcasts, installations--that encourage the audience to experience, perform, and reimagine environmental problems and solutions.

Sample reading list:
Nato Thompson, ed, Living As Form: Socially Engaged Art from 1991-2011
Nato Thompson, Art & Activism in the Age of Cultural Production
Suzanne Lacy, Mapping the Terrain: Newe Genre Public Art
Lucy Lippard, ed, Weather Report: Art and Climate Change
Sarah Kanouse, A Post-Natural Field Kit: Tools for the Embodied Exploration
Francesco Manacorda & Ariella Yedgar, Radical Nature: Art & Architecture for a Changing Planet
See instructor for complete list

Reading/Writing assignments:
Students will delve into the history and theory of social practice; visiting artists will run workshops. We will experience a New York City project in action. The culminating projects consist of student designs of "environmental art actions" and on the group design and performance of a spring Jamboree that engages environmental issues at Princeton. 80% "Other" = Final Creative Eco-Corps Project

Class/Precept Participation - 20%
Other (See Instructor) - 80%

Other Requirements:
United States Travel Required

Prerequisites and Restrictions:
This Atelier is open to all students from all disciplines with interests in environmental issues, performance art, public communication, collaborative work and/or media strategies. Students interested in social activism central to art works that cross into public spheres are encouraged to apply. Brief application required. See the Atelier webpage:

Other information:
Jenny Price is a public writer and artist and the 2014 Barron Visiting Professor of the Environment and the Humanities at Princeton University. Kelly Baum is the Haskell Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at the Princeton University Art Museum.


Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
42037 S01 01:30:00 pm - 04:20:00 pm T   Nassau Street, 185   207   Enrolled:11 Limit:12