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So I finally have my academic schedule more or less nailed down:

Basic Drawing, with Jesse Bransford. I told myself that I was going to devote at least part of this year to some kind of art practice, and after the heavy dose of theory I got last semester (for which Anya teased me mercilessly), I wanted to concentrate on something that uses my hands directly--and something I'd never have a chance to experiment with professionally. Bransford seems nervous to the point of being distraught sometimes, but I like his structure for the class: drawing drawing drawing drawing drawing, but also thinking about what one wants to draw, and why, and how.

Making Art in the Age of Digital Technology, with Coco Fusco. I wasn't sure if I wanted to take a second class with Coco--I adore her teaching style & thought Critical Issues I had the best-thought-out-syllabus I've ever encountered, but I'd also sort of had the Coco Experience already. But after the first class, I realized: I really am going to learn a lot from this. She's interested in ways that artists use new technology that aren't necessarily immediately evident from the end-product (the dreaded screen/keyboard interface etc.), and half the class is going to be visits to artists' studios. Cool.

Sound/Image, with Bradford Garton et al. As mentioned before, this is one hell of a great-looking batch of people, although the organization of the class itself is still a little inchoate. But I'll learn how to use all sorts of nifty gear, and I'm really looking forward to doing a final project, especially if I get to collaborate with a couple of my favorite people in there.

Aesthetics & Politics, with Janet Woolf. I was hesitant at first: more theory? what do I need more theory for? But it looks like a very light workload (esp. since I'm just auditing it), and it's mostly stuff I really ought to read anyway. I felt a little weird speaking up multiple times in yesterday's class--there are actual School of the Arts students in there who are taking it for credit--but we were mostly talking about Kant's aesthetics, and given the amount of time I put in on that stuff last semester I was fairly well qualified to talk (at one point Woolf asked me to clarify Kant's idea of the subjective universal for her--! that was strange...).

Artistic Practice and Digital Media, with Heather Schatz and Eric Chan. This is the one I wasn't mentioning before, because I was wait-listed to get in. I got in--whew. Essentially, this is a hands-on course for people with relatively little experience with fancy graphics/video programs--yesterday was spent very patiently walking us through Photoshop 7. I sort of know what I'm doing much too well, and sort of not at all. Again, I'm just starting to learn the alphabet.

Oddly, yesterday in both of the last two classes I ended up quoting parts of the Red Crayola w/ Art & Language's "A Portrait of V.I. Lenin in the Style of Jackson Pollock, part 1," for entirely different reasons.

Incidentally, New Yorkers who are reading this any time before tomorrow afternoon: GO GO GO to the Paula Cooper Gallery at 521 W. 21st St., 2nd floor, and SEE SEE SEE Christian Marclay's "Video Quartet." It closes tomorrow at 6 PM, and is the most fun piece of artwork I've seen in forever.

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