Readings, Resources and Inspiration for SIM Major Studio
- The Social Dilemma documentary – available at the following links:
- How To Be An Anti-Racist – (Introduction), Pg. 1-11, By: Ibram X. Kendi c. 2019
- TV Museum (Contemporary Art and the Age of Television) – (Introduction), Pg. 1-24, and Chapter Three – Reality TV, Delegated Performance and the Social Turn, Pg. 25-61, By: Maeve Connolly c. 2014
- YouTube Scenes and the Public Re-seen: Natalie Bookchin and the Digital Public, Pg. 1-18, By: H Arden – c. 2018
Here are some resources that might give some perspective on this historic moment in our lives.
- “In Tough Times, Artists Find Inspiration, Invention” 2009– All Things Considered-
- Art and Protest
- Gran Fury and the response to the AIDS epidemic
- Dada Movement
- Art and the Great Depression:
- Civil Rights Movement, library links:
- Art21 episodes:
- Relational Aesthetics, Nicolas Bourriaud, pgs 7 – 40
- Psychopolitics : neoliberalism and new technologies of power by
- The American Meme Netflix Series, see trailer here > https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ms8OdjWJRPY Watch full series on Netflix in the library, ask librarian for details.
- Be Kind Rewind film – Director: Michel Gondry, 2008
- The Creative Process by James Baldwin
- HyperNormalisation video by Adam Curtis
- DARK MATTER Activist Art and the Counter-Public Sphere, by Gregory Sholette… as a .pdf.
- White Fragility. Talking About Racism -DiAngelo …and as a .pdf.
- The American Mind …and as a .pdf.
- DIS Online Journal – ezproxymca.flo.org/login?url=h
- All SIM Majors should read “Revisiting the Sandbox” (6.9 MB .pdf) a monograph written by Nita Sturiale, SIM professor and department chair.
- Review Boards information doc on google drive
- Eventworks information doc on google drive
- Find resources in this folder on the google drive regarding critique methods.
Dismantling Racism Reading List:
- The Fire This Time: A New Generation Speaks About Race edited by Jesmyn Ward
- The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin
- White Rage by Carol Anderson
- Citizen, An American Lyric by Claudia Rankine
- How We Get Free: Black Feminism and the Combahee River Collective Edited by Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor
- Stamped from the Beginning by Ibram X. Kendi
- How to Be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi
- Trick Mirror by Jia Tolentino
- Biased by Jennifer Eberhardt
- Uprooting Racism by Paul Kivel
- Lies My Teacher Told Me by James W. Loewen
- The History of White People by Nell Irvin Painter
- The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander
- White Fragility by Dr. Robin Diangelo
- Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson
- Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
- An African American and Latinx History of the United States by Paul Ortiz
- The 1619 Project, The New York Times (direct link)
SIM Faculty Top 5 Picks
Below you will find artworks, ideas, and places that the SIM faculty believe you should know about. Viewing and/or researching the following Top 5 Picks will enhance critiques and help you make the best of your limited time in SIM.
Current Faculty Picks
- “Instrument: Ten years with the band FUGAZI” (2001) by Jem Cohen
- “TAZ: Temporary Autonomous Zone” (1991) by Hakim Bey
- “Relational Aesthetics” (2002) by Nicolas Bourriaud
- “The New Aesthetic” (Ongoing Investigation) by James Bridle
- DEATH GRIPS
- “4.33” (1952) John Cage
- “How to Explain Pictures to a Dead Hare” (1965) Joseph Beuys
- “Voice of the Actor” (reprinted 1991) Cicely Berry
- “Mining the museum” (1992-93) Fred Wilson
- “Her Long Black Hair” (2004) Janet Cardiff
- “Cut Piece” (1964) Yoko Ono
- ‘Society of the Spectacle‘ (1967) Guy Debord
- “Untitled” (Portrait of Ross in L.A.) (1991) Felix Gonzalez-Torres
- “Saddest Music in the World” (2003) Guy Madden
- _Citizen_ (2014) Claudia Rankine
- “Manifesto For Maintenance Art” (1969) Merle Ukeles
- “Silueta Series” (1973–1980) Ana Mendieta
- “Consilience” (1999) EO Wilson
- “Critique Response Process” (2003) Liz Lerman
- “Sunflower Seeds” (2010) Ai WeiWei
Past Faculty Picks
Harris Barron (SIM Founder and Professor Emeritus)
- “We see only what we look for. We look for only what we know.” quote Geothe
- “What cannot be imagined cannot even be talked about. My difficulty is only an – enormous – difficulty of expression.” quote Ludwig Wittgentstein
- “When we are no longer children, we are already dead.” quote Constantin Brancusi
- “Everything that irritates us about others can lead us to an understanding of ourselves. Who looks inside, dreams: who looks inside, awakes. The creation of something new is not accomplished by the intellect but by the play instinct acting from inner necessity.” quote Carl Jung
- “Secrets, Lies and Democracy” (1994) and “Manufacturing Consent” (1988) Noam Chomsky
Donald Burgy (Professor Emeritus)
- The Dawn Redwood: a very tall tree in the Boston Public Garden next to Arlington Street near the Boylston street corner.
- Philosophers Stone: a large rock from China positioned on the front lawn of the Museum of Fine Arts.
- A chapel in the Mission Hill Church filled with crutches and wheelchairs abandoned during miracle healings.
Ben Bigelow (Visiting Faculty 14/15)
- “Fountain” (1917) Duchamp
- “Ways of Seeing” (1972) John Berger <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0pDE4VX_9Kk>
- “eRacism” (late 70’s) William Pope l.
- “All About Love” (2001) and “Art On My Mind” (1995) bell hooks
- “A Family Finds Entertainment” (2004) and “Center Jenny” (2013) Ryan Trecartin
MassArt Library Research Guides
For further study, the Morton Godine Library staff along with the SIM faculty have developed several subject-based online resources and collections designed for SIM Majors. Below are few of the subjects you can search for @ https://massart.edu/library:
- Diversity, Racism and Protest
- Light and Lighting
- New Media Art
- Art, Life and Money
- Nature, Science and Art
- Installation Art
- Sound Art
- Performance Art
- Video Art