Monday, April 9, 2012

Greg April 23: Pirates of the Caribbean and Installation Art

For Greg's class on April 23, we'll be discussing "Pirates of the Caribbean" and installation art.

Watch the video above, read the essays below and consider the following questions in your written response: What makes great immersive installation art? What are some ways that "Pirates of the Caribbean" as well as Christoph Buchel and Edward Kienholz use symbols and stories to create mood and meaning? How do they connect to history or current events? What are the advantages or disadvantages of being immersed in the experience? What are lessons we can take from this sort of installation art and apply to painting, photography, sculpture, performance, etc. Is there a difference in quality or meaning between what Disneyland achieves and what "fine art" installations do? Did Disneyland invent installation art in America? Can you identify earlier examples? Better earlier examples? What makes them better?

= Christoph Buchel's abandoned "Training Ground for Democracy," from 2008 court decision.
= Kienholz's 'Five Car Stud' still packs a punch," L.A. Times, Sept. 3, 2011.
= "Fire in the Night: The Pre-Eminent Attraction-as-Art" from Passport to Dreams, Aug. 21, 2011.

= Revisions to the Research Paper are due at this class.
= We will not be meeting on April 16 because it is Patriots Day.

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