Monthly Archives: September 2014

9/30/14 – Manifesto Importance & Remix Fairness

My friend and colleague Michael Branson Smith shared this great piece with our CT101 class this week – “Andy Baio is a software developer for Kickstarter writes and speaks about his experience being sued by a photographer and is forced to settle and pay thousands of dollars. This is despite the fact he believes the law is on his side and so does his pro-bono counsel the EFF.”

Question :: What do think? How has this presentation solidified or changed your point of view or awareness on the subject of remix and reuse culture? How does this information effect the way you promote yourself as an artist on the web?

What is a Manifesto and why is it important to write one?

According to : “a manifesto is written statement that describes the policies, goals, and opinions of a person or group” This is usually made public to hold one to their statements.”

Examples –

Manifestos for Art, Life & Business –

Follow this link to publish you personal or artistic manifesto to our blog!

View examples of student manifestos from 2013 here.

The Artist Interview Process

On 9/23 our class conducted interviews with each other. Paired into groups of two, each student was asked to generate and ask 10-15 questions for each other. They exchanged places directly after to be interviewed.  The answers were recorded in a written format by each student.

A class discussion followed. Reactions to the questions below should be added to the comments section.

1. What was the most useful aspect of the exercise?

2. What have you discovered about yourself and your work that you had not considered before the interview?

3. How will you apply this new awareness into your thesis paper / research paper process?

4. What was the most important question(s) that you were asked? How may this effect your work as an artist?

5. Other reflective feedback? Feel free to extend on this.


Thesis Formatting from a Class Brainstorming Session 9/15/14

In our class on 9/15/14 we began talking about the formatting for our thesis papers.

MFA students that will be graduating in May will need to turn in their final thesis by the end of December. First and second year MFA and MA students will have the opportunity to simulate the structure of the thesis paper by generating a research based paper into their current work with the intention of also mounting an exhibition. (This is great practice for the real paper and exhibition)

*A Thesis Statement will be worked on in class this coming Tuesday 9/23.


1. Description / Abstract: Introduction. A detailed description of the body of work that you will be discussing and planning to exhibit.

2. Process, Materials and Methods: Descriptions of your working process, techniques, and the materials used to generate the art that you create. Why have you selected these specific materials and techniques to communicate your ideas? How do these choices effect how the viewer will receive your work?

3. Resources and References: Historical influences, artists, art movements, databases, and any other form of related influence. How have your references influenced your work, ideas, and decision making process as an artist?

4. Exhibition Simulation: How will you be mounting your exhibition? Why have you selected this particular composition? How will your installation effect the space itself? A floor plan sketch to accompany the proposed composition.

5. Reflection: What have you learned over the course of your graduate program? How has the program influenced your work and how you communicate as an artist? What skills will you apply directly into your professional practice?

*This format is a basic synopsis of what we discussed. It is an ongoing process. Let us continue adding to the formula in the commenting area below.

Artist Interviews :: Today’s Top Contemporary Artists?

Artist Interviews :: Today’s Top Contemporary Artists?

The interviews that will be viewed and discussed in class on 9/16/14

Jeff Koons

 Damien Hirst

Marina Ambramovic

 James Turrell –

 Mariko Mori –

LIU Post ART550 Welcome to the Fall of 2014.

Welcome All Students!

Our first class begins on 9/9/14 at 5 pm in the Sculpture Building, Studio A.

This blog is an ongoing continuation for both current students enrolled, as well as recently graduated students who have taken this course. Reacting and responding for currently enrolled students is mandatory. Alumni and those who have already taken the course are encouraged to participate and share with us.

You are welcome to share resources, links, news and events that apply to our course criteria as well as anything that you feel would help your fellow art students!