Description: Continuing seminars which consist of a series of individual lectures by faculty, students, or outside speakers.
Theme: Subversive Humor in Visual Culture
Subversive humor as an artistic strategy is a form of reflexivity to understand, draw attention to, challenge power systems, subvert systems of oppression and domination, and inspire change or healing from assumptions (self-imposed and those of others), stereotypes, or from historical and personal crisis, urgent issues, and trauma. Deconstruct assumptions and then with metaphor, juxtaposition, and interreferientiality apply subversive humor strategies of reframing, recontextualizing, recoding, and remapping. Other strategies include parody, satire, pun, and irony. (K. Keifer-Boyd, August 28, 2012, colloquium introduction)
"Subversive humor is a strategy to confront political, social, racial, personal, and professional issues using techniques of exaggeration, contradiction, and juxtaposition” (S. Klein, September 11, 2012, colloquium presentation).
Instead of required readings there are communication portals for students to share subversive humor in visual culture, and there will be optional readings provided for colloquium, typically following a presentation. Dr. Sheri Klein's article, which is the basis of her Sept. 11 presentation, is linked to volume 7 (2012) of the Visual Culture & Gender journal @ http://vcg.emitto.net.
A FaceBook site at http://www.facebook.com/groups/278611272248636/ is set up by doctoral student Sue Uhlig is for sharing and discussing subversive humor in visual culture, and for communication about Graduate Art Education Association(GAEdA) workshops and meetings.
Also, colloquium participants may use the GAEdA listserve to communicate. Contact Lillian Lewis, GAEdA president at <email@example.com> to join the GAEdA listserv.
Also, contact Sheri Klein at firstname.lastname@example.org to join the wiki "subversive humor" space (see http://visualhumor.wikispaces.com/) for sharing and discussing subversive humor in visual culture. She has gathered many resources at this wiki site and invites others to contribute resources and comments.
Assignment: Subversive Humor in Your Visual Journal
Subversive Humor Strategies: Reframe, Recontextualize, Recode, Remap
••• Create a visual journal (e.g., as video, comics, graphic narratives, collage, etc.) about your semester —through a critical visual cultural lens of humor.
••• The Art Education Graduate Association (GAEdA) will organize art workshops between colloquium meetings as desired by grad students. Create at least one visual journal entry between colloquium meetings about the issues and events of those in-between weeks for a minimum 6 visual journal entries.
••• The last colloquium session will be a Borland Gallery exhibition of the visual journals with an opening event from 1:00-2:15 pm on Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2012.
Final grades will be based on the following scale of points:
94-100 A, 90-93 A-, 88-90 B+, 83-87 B, 80-82 B-, 79-77 C+, 76-73 C, 72-63 D, below 62 F
Distribution of points toward the final grade is as follows:
60% Visual Journal (a minimum of 6 visual journal entries) displayed by Dec. 11, 1:00 p.m.
40% Active engagement and thoughtful participation in discussions at the Colloquium meetings on August 28; September 11; October 2, 16, 30; November 13, 27; December 11. Participation also includes planning and working with others enrolled in the course beyond the 8 scheduled meetings to prepare an exhibition of the visual journals to open in the Borland Gallery on December 11, 2012 at 1:00 p.m. Set up dates will be Saturday, December 8th and Sunday, December 9th (if need be) and take down date of Saturday, December 15th. The exhibition is Dec. 11-14, 2012. We will also extend the exhibition to the Web, which can function as publicity for the exhibition too. Art Ed grad students in a humor online course taught by Sheri Klein will be invited to comment on your online visual journal exhibition in December.
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Facilitator: Karen Keifer-Boyd, Ph.D.
Professor, Art Education & Women's Studies
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