Project Goals & Objectives

Apply theories and historical models explored in course to creation and practice of an original movement piece.

Extend the course’s inquiry about the relation between embodied and political movements by

  • generating a small scale movement based on a politics and aesthetics important to the group.
  • analyzing, assessing, and workshopping drafts of the movement in order to ensure that its form and content are cogent with the movement’s foundational politics and aesthetics.
  • reflect on how organizing a political movement versus as an aesthetic movement shapes both the movement and the process of creating the movement differently.

Deepen engagement with the insights and history of black political and artistic movements discussed in the course by

  • conducting focused research on at least two black movements (from the course material) that resonate with your group’s interest, aesthetics, and/or politics.
  • drawing from the history, theory, logistics, and content of the two researched movements to help shape a significant design and/or content aspect of the group’s movement.
  • reflecting on how the movement you develop and stage ethically responds to, or engages with, the two black movements.

Examine the relationship between black history and black art and the political, social, and cultural practices and concerns of their lives and communities.

  • Contextualizing your movement — its inception, creation, practice, and stage–within the spatial-temporal particularities and the socio-political context of your current lives.
  • Reflecting on the limits of your movement’s engagement with the historical black political and artistic movements you studied and vise versa.
  • Identifying other (not black American) histories and cultural traditions with your movement is in conversation however subtly or intentionally. Examples may include but are not limited to other ethnic, racial, religious, cultural minority groups (e.g. Filipina, Armenian, Amish, etc); political school/group (e.g. socialist workers movement, black nationalist); historical artistic movement (e.g. theater of the oppressed; impressionism; bebop); popular culture or counter cultural movement (e.g. goth, punk, breaking, etc.), and more.