4.314/5 | Advanced Workshop in Artistic Practice and Transdisciplinary Research

Instructor: Azra Aksamija

TA: Zhexi Zhang

Embedded in the evolving discourse of socially engaged art, the course examines artistic practice as a form of critical inquiry and knowledge production. In this emerging field, art is no longer the primary authority for culture, but is rather part of a broader and more complex cultural production that merges art and life, operating “in the field” and transforming spectators into users and participants. The course offers opportunity to develop art as a means for addressing the social, cultural, and ecological consequences of technology, to build bridges between industry and culture, and to challenge the boundaries between public and private, and human and non-human. Provides instruction in evaluating models of experimentation, individual research, and collaboration with other disciplines in the arts, culture, science, and technology. Supports the development of individual and collective artistic research projects.

Additional work required of students taking the graduate version. Limited to 20.

Students taking a production-based ACT class will be charged a $75 lab fee after the add date on a semester basis. The fee covers the cost of student production materials used as part of the class. SMACT graduate students are exempt from the lab fee.  


  • Lab Fee: 75
  • Credit: u: hass-e, hass-a
  • Schedule: TR 2-5
    Location: e15-207