4.368/9 | Studio Seminar in Art and Public Sphere

Instructors: Gediminas Urbonas, Bik Van der Pol

TA: Gizem Gumuskaya

This advanced studio explores the variety of ideas, situations, objects, and materials that shape public space and inform notion of publicness by developing “embedded research” or in situ engagements with sites and publics beyond the MIT campus.

The studio focuses on artistic action in the public sphere as a way of emphasizing coproduction and cooperative ethics in the arts. Broader forms of “environmental” thinking will be considered alongside historical models of art and action in the public sphere, including ecosystematic aesthetics, post-conceptual art, and contemporary interventionist tactics and artistic strategies. Assigned readings, group discussion and individual meetings will support the students in developing their proposals. Writings and practice related to this subject include those by Gaston Bachelard, Bruno Latour, Isabelle Stengers, Timothy Morton, Vilém Flusser , Elizabeth Grosz, Cary Wolfe, Michel Serres, Jill Bennett, among others.  Class limited to 12 students.


  • Credit: hass-e, hass-a
  • Schedule: M 7-10; T 9:30-12:30
    Location: e15-001