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ARTS 272

Kinetic Sculpture

This course explores contemporary time-based art through basic techniques of movement and kinetics. Various methods of motion are explored, including mechanical devices and motors, natural sources such as wind, and manual or man-driven operations. Demonstrations provide the technical and material expertise necessary to complete related projects such as automaton, flying machines, and self-destructing devices. Discussions and slide lectures will focus on examples of kinetic art through recent art history, with emphasis on conceptual and visual concerns of moving objects; not just how they function physically, but how they are interpreted in the context of our fast-paced, post-industrial culture. Course may be taken or repeated at the 300 level with advanced expectations and consent of instructor. Not offered pass/fail. No previous experience necessary.

Distribution Area Prerequisites Credits
Arts and Humanities 1 course