RISD in ROME: ARTISTIC PRACTICE IN PUBLIC SPACE
Paul Soulellis (Faculty, RISD Graphic Design)
3 weeks: June 29 - July 19, 2018
3 studio credits (Graphic Design)
The wild urban landscape of Rome and a vibrant artists’ community will form our backdrop for on-site experimental making, engaging with public, and “performing publishing.” Situated at RISD’s Palazzo Cenci in Rome, Italy, this intensive course investigates new ways to make poetic work in response to place. We’ll use public space, ruins, the street, studio practice, and the shared, layered history of Rome as our studio, a “memory palace” for open investigation. Our journey culminates in a one-day gallery exhibition/happening investigating the site-specific possibilities of paper, sound, screen, stone, performance, and other media in all dimensions.
Artistic Practice in Public Space is envisioned as an artists’ residency and collaborative creative practice in Rome. Students will develop their own work, with guidance and support from the instructors and visiting artists. Participants will arrive in Rome with an idea about tools, substrate, and a way to work. A series of open prompts will be introduced to encourage seeing, writing, thinking, and making — resulting in the development of a new work (or a small body of work).
Cost: $5,700 (includes tuition, accommodation, field trips, local transportation, group dinners + some meals, museum entrances, health and travel insurance).