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ART 360 E: Topics In Studio Art And Practice

Time Based Art

Meeting Time: 
TTh 2:30pm - 5:20pm
ART 207
Whitney Lynn
Whitney Lynn

Syllabus Description:

University of Washington, Spring 2019
T/TH 2:30-5:20pm Art Building 207
Spring Quarter door code (207): FOG

Professor: Whitney Lynn  wlynn@uw.edu
Office Hours: T/TH 10:30-11:20am (email for an appointment)



To describe a traditional artwork, it is common to list the work's dimensions, measured as height by width by depth. With many contemporary artworks, these physical dimensions are variable. This course will focus on the creation of time-based art, a term that is used to describe artworks that have duration as a dimension. 

Together, we will explore a range of approaches for developing art that involves an experience that unfolds over time. This includes media such as performance, video, sound and installation; it also includes hybrid, expanded and new media forms. Work can be shown in traditional gallery settings, as site-specific installations, as performance events, as public screenings, and/or online. Students may choose to work exclusively in one medium, or work across multiple forms.

Attention will be paid to understanding and inventing ways in which time and change can become key elements in an artwork. Additional topics for exploration include sensorial experience; considering the camera as both witness and collaborator; the relationship of the audience to the artwork; and possibilities for creating sculptural objects through a performance-based process.

Projects are structured to take advantage of individual student interests; interdisciplinary thinking is encouraged, as are experimental formats. We will be looking extensively at the historical roots of time-based art, and also will investigate artists working today, for inspiration, and as a means to create a dialogue with works produced as part of the class. Critiques will hone an awareness of how a work comes into meaning, with a focus on the relationship between intentions and interpretation. Active participation is required.


NOTE: While this class requires an openness to exploring a variety of media -- including digital forms -- it is NOT a "video editing" class. It is an experimental, multidisciplinary class that focuses on the creation of conceptually-based art. To succeed, the course requires flexibility, fast thinking, and the willingness to experiment. That said, you are free to use any technique, including video, if it suits your ideas, and I can assist with technical concerns outside of class (during office hours). Many technical resources are available on campus including Learning Technology Workshops, Online Tutorials, and Camera Tutorials through DXARTS. Equipment can be checked out through the SoACC or STLP.




Participation: Plan to attend each class meeting and arrive to class on time, prepared, and ready to work. The course requires that you dedicate a significant amount of time outside of class developing projects/undertaking necessary research.

Active participation is required. Plan to contribute to discussions, take creative risks, ask questions, share knowledge and demonstrate that you are invested in your work, as well as the work of your peers.

Attendance will be taken each class and recorded through Canvas. Arriving late or leaving early will negatively affect your participation grade.


Assignments and Exercises: Assignment details will  be explained in class and written information can be found on Canvas. Missing class is not an excuse for missing an assignment deadline. If you have questions, ask. 

This class is designed to encourage experimentation. Use exercises as an opportunity to "stretch" and try out new ways of working.                                                                

All work must be completed/presented on the due date. Missing a critique is equivalent to missing an exam.


Project Documentation: All works created as part of the course must be documented through video, photo, audio and/or written formats. Arrange your documentation plans prior to the start of critique. 

Each time you present new work, you will upload a short written statement through Canvas. Use this assignment as a way to collect your ideas about the work you have created, to critically reflect on your process and intentions, and to think about questions/topics you would like addressed during critique.

At the end of the quarter, a final portfolio of digital documentation (PDF document, website links, etc.) will be submitted through Canvas. 


Equipment and Studio Space: Your enrollment in this course grants access to basic video, photo, audio, and computer equipment, as well as 24 hour access to the Art building. It is up to the class as a whole to be responsible for handling communal equipment and using studio space in a respectful manner. Return everything as you found it.


Installing/Presenting work outside of 207: You are encouraged to install your work in the space/context that best suits your ideas. If you want to install in the Art building, outside of 207, fill out  this form and return the completed form to administrative staff in 102.


Phones/Laptops/Tablets: Devices may NOT be used during lectures, discussions and critiques. Obtain permission before taking photos/video of any work presented in class.


SoAAHD Policies

Art Building Installation Permission) Form  (Return the completed form to administrative staff in 102 


Catalog Description: 
Examines a variety of cutting edge, emerging, and interdisciplinary approaches in studio art and practice. Topics vary.
GE Requirements: 
Visual, Literary, and Performing Arts (VLPA)
Last updated: 
May 6, 2019 - 12:40pm