The Alternative Art School

Live online classes with the most visionary artists, curators, and scholars.

Spring 2022 Courses

2 Week Intensive

Mark Dion

Museum Culture

Museums; what are they? where did they come from? and who are they for? These are some of the questions that will be explored in this intensive sociocultural class, conducted with customary Mark Dion humor and joy.

Tania Bruguera

Performing for the Internet

Performing for the Internet at TAAS will merge with Tania’s Harvard course of the same theme. Tania will bring these two courses together through the Web to discuss performance for the virtual space.

Nato Thompson
7 Week Course

Nato Thompson

Making a Life of Art

In this course, Thompson will address and workshop the complexities of living an artistic life. Ranging from practical issues like artistic work routines and navigating the art world to more philosophical issues of community, sustainability, and life-work balance.

7 Week Course

Mario Ybarra Jr.

Painter to Pointer

Through the exploration of wet media to social media, students will move between painting as an art medium and how it can amplify its effect in relation to site, audience, context, and social engagement.

2 Week Intensive

Guadalupe Maraville

Intensive with Guadalupe Maraville

Art is in a constant process of expansion and is constantly absorbing new materials, media, strategies, and ideologies. In general terms, the goal of my class is to teach my students about art as a living contemporary practice and the importance of self-care. The class will focus on information and techniques that are relevant to the present.

7 Week Course

Zoe Butt

Embodying Method: How Artists Provide Responsive Strategies for Sustaining Knowledge

The context of artistic production across the globe is incredibly vast and thus diverse in nature and capacity. Artistic intention is often driven by local landscapes of increasing political fragility, where the urgency to mine the past, in order to excavate historical reason, is paramount to sustaining conversations surrounding issues of sovereignty, religious freedom, Indigeneity, race, spiritual affinities, environmental justice and so much more.

7 Week Course

ArtLab

Workshop with Amber Imrie

This non-hierarchical workshop wherein artists will offer each other critical feedback, from idea to fruition, testing and experimenting through iterations, and culminate in an online group exhibition of the finished artworks.

7 Week Course

Janine Antoni

At Home in the Body

This class will be part laboratory, part playground, part archeological dig: a place to relate, to connect, and to honor difference.

7 Week Course

Pier Luigi Sacco

Aesthetics of impact. Artistic practice and transformational social change

Should artistic practice have an ‘impact’ – that is, beyond the consensus, it is able to command within the art system? This question has a special importance for all such practices that cut through the traditional borders of studio art to directly involve specific individuals and communities, especially when such individual or collective subjects suffer from any form of marginalization and deprivation.

2 Week Intensive

Raqs Media Collective

Procedure, Procedure, Procedure

In ‘Procedure, Procedure, Procedure’, Raqs Media Collective will present an outline of the attitudes, methods, and infrastructural stances it undertakes in order to sustain and develop its three-decade-long artistic, curatorial, and research practice.
The two-week module will be structured through readings, focused discussions, conversations, and exercises.

7 Week Course

Marinella Senatore

Building community: Collective Agency

Through her background as a trained cinematographer, Senatore is offering a special workshop surrounding the following themes: 1) the directing of photography and camera workshop 2) lighting and painting 3) Tutorials about “The School of Narrative Dance” and mindfulness sessions. These themes will be touched upon throughout the course.

7 Week Course

Cassils

The Body As Instrument And Image

This is a class where we will develop a performance. structured around embodied research, guest lectures, and exposure to several artist works and films. We will be meeting with, hearing from, and engaging the practices of a diverse group of artists whose practices critically, thoughtfully, and beautifully engage intersectional struggles of our time.

7 Week Course

Rirkrit Tiravanija

When Nothingness becomes Form

“I do not particularly like the word 'work.' Human beings are the only animals who have to work, and I think that is the most ridiculous thing in the world. Other animals make their livings by living... How do we continue to think about making art in a world where existing as a human is no longer sustainable? How can we communicate in a world where communication is reduced into 270 characters?

"This is utopia, where everybody learns from each other and can share their work with artists around the world"

Quynh Lam, TAAS 2020