Courses

INT 185SC: Sound in Contemporary Practice

INT 185ST/INT 201SC: Sound in Contemporary Practice
Instructor: Laurel Beckman
Friday (Time and Location TBD)
2 credits
The exploration and creation of sound in art, both as support for other media and as an art-form in itself. This studio-based course will place creative work in the context of contemporary practice and media theory, giving students multiple points of entry to working with, and critically discussing, sound. Through hands-on exercises, readings, and in-class discussion and critique, we will move quickly from production techniques, theoretical and art-historical background to presentation of student artwork and research. The study of sound touches many disciplines, from media art to cultural studies, from linguistics to the history of science and technology, to physics, biology, ecology, psychology and philosophy. As such, this course—while firmly situated as a studio art course—benefits from a wide range of experience and interests. Each meeting will focus on a different aspect of sound, including but not limited to: active listening, attention and cognition, recording and surveillance, performance, signal processing and modulation, sound / image relationships, installation, spatialization, and “non-cochlear” sound—how culture, language, and context shape how we hear, and how we conceptualize sound. Diverse artists and text references may include Lawrence Abu-Hamdan, Maryanne Amacher, Thomas Ashcraft, Joseph Beuys, Augusto Boal, James Lee Byars, John Cage, Isa Genzken, Christine Sun Kim, Pope L., Janet Cardiff and George Bures Miller, Pauline Oliveros, Laura Poitras, Ultra Red, Hildegard Westerkamp, Iannis Xenakis, Cornelius Cardew, Michel Chion, Liz Lerman, Pauline Oliveros, Ultra Red, Pierre Schaeffer, R. Murray Schafer, Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick, Silvan Tomkins, Stuart Hall.

Sarah Rara and Luke Fischbeck constitute the art collaborative known as “Lucky Dragons”. Lucky Dragons is a Los Angeles based collaborative music and art project researching forms of participation and dissent, purposefully working towards a better understanding of existing ecologies through performances, publications, recordings. and public art. Lucky Dragons have presented collaborative work in a wide variety of contexts, including REDCAT, LACMA, MOCA and The Hammer Museum in Los Angeles, the Centre Georges Pompidou, Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, London’s Institute for Contemporary Art, The Kitchen in New York, the 54th Venice Biennale, Documenta 14, The Whitney Museum of American Art (as part of the 2008 Whitney Biennial) and The Smithsonian’s Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, among others. The name “lucky dragons” is borrowed from a fishing vessel that was caught in the fallout from H-bomb tests in the mid-1950’s, an incident which sparked international outcry and gave birth to the worldwide anti-nuclear movement. For more information, contact Laurel Beckman at beckman@arts.ucsb.edu.

INT 185ST: WORD: Isla Vista Arts and Culture Magazine

INT 185ST: WORD: Isla Vista Arts and Culture Magazine
Instructor: Ellen K. Anderson
Friday 3-4:50 PM, TD-W 2600
1-4 credits
The course publishes a free quarterly magazine that is designed, compiled, researched, written, edited, and distributed by students. We explore the burgeoning artistic endeavors in Isla Vista and highlight topical issues uncovered by student editors. Attendance at all production meetings is mandatory. For more information, contact Ellen Anderson at eanderson@ihc.ucsb.edu.

INT 185VW: Writing Workshop for Student Veterans

INT 185VW: Writing Workshop for Student Veterans
Instructor: Susan Derwin

Wednesday 3-5:30 PM, HSSB 6056
3 credits
Offered in Winter and Spring

This creative writing workshop is for veterans who wish to write about their military experiences. Participants will share and discuss their work with each other in an informal setting. An approval code is required to add this course; please contact Prof. Susan Derwin at derwin@ihc.ucsb.edu for an approval code or with questions about the course.

INT 201SP: Skills for the Public Sphere

INT 201SP: Skills for the Public Sphere
Instructor: Susan Derwin

Friday 9-11:30 AM, HSSB 6056
4 credits
Offered in Spring
Students hone academic research tools for uses outside of the academy; learn to communicate skillfully with diverse groups and communities; address how to build and sustain relationships with community partners; develop basic digital skills such as website design and maintenance; study grant writing and budget creation; learn about careers beyond the academy and develop job application materials. For more information, contact Susan Derwin at derwin@ihc.ucsb.edu.

INT 594AB: Ancient Borderlands

INT 594AB: Ancient Borderlands
Instructor: TBA
Time and Location: TBA
1-4 credits
This course is affiliated with the Ancient Borderlands Research Focus Group. The Ancient Borderlands Research Focus Group unites UCSB faculty and graduate students with common research interests in the history of Mediterranean antiquity, broadly conceived. We are investigating the process by which groups define, create and maintain their identities over time. The creation of boundaries, among ethnic, political, or religious groups, is a dynamic activity that can be reflected, not only by changes in material culture, but also in the rhetorical strategies adopted by ancient authors and the political tactics pursued by those seeking power. As members of several departments, including Classics, History, Religious Studies, and Anthropology, we are also interested in challenging the disciplinary boundaries between us, believing that we have much to learn from one another. For more information, visit the Ancient Borderlands RFG page.

INT 594CC: Prison Pedagogy

INT 594CC: Prison Pedagogy
IHC Graduate Teaching Fellows will offer a correspondence course in the humanities for inmates of Kern Valley State Prison (KVSP). During fall quarter they will discuss short readings about the California prison system as well as course goals and pedagogical approaches. In winter and spring, Teaching Fellows will complete work for the course with inmates in KVSP via mail correspondence and continue to meet to discuss best approaches to evaluating and responding to participants’ work.

INT 594ST: Dissertation Fellows Seminar

INT 594ST: Dissertation Fellows Seminar
This one-unit seminar is open to recipients of the IHC Dissertation Fellowship. Participants meet regularly throughout the year to present work in progress. For more information on the course, contact IHC Director Susan Derwin (derwin@ihc.ucsb.edu). For more information on Dissertation Fellowships, visit https://www.ihc.ucsb.edu/research-support/.