Hybrids & Collaborations
The purebred and the hybrid: It might be playfully said that these concepts have as similar a relation to the art world as to the animal world. Whereas purebreds are beautiful but predictable, hybrids are classless and capricious. Purebreds are more valuable than mutts, but at the expense of being genetically susceptible to inbred defects.
Hybrids and Collaborations is an exploration of artistic crossbreeding (studio, media, writing, music, dance, theater). Through readings from a custom coursepack, films, visiting artists/speakers, field trips and discussions, students will look at noteworthy hybrid artists and artist collaborations, both contemporary and historical, in order to speculate on what factors—cultural, social, political, etc.—might influence collaborative experimentation across disciplines. During the first third of the semester, students will be dedicated to the study of and exposure to examples of these hybrid artists and collaborations; the last two-thirds of the semester will consist of student collaborative project planning and production, culminating in performances, presentations, and exhibitions.