The Visual Archive

Critical Thinking and Making — Fall  2021

WEEK 8/9 | Designing Programs & Field School

Field School
→ On OCT 28, we will visit galleries in Chelsea. Until Friday, Oct 22, 5pm:
For our visit to Chelsea on October 28, select two exhibitions that relate to your research interest and post a link to the gallery into this document. Add one sentence how this is relevant to the class or your research. The schedule for Oct 28 will be shared on this website. Use these links to identify exhibitions:
See Saw Gallery Guide — APP
NY Art Beat — Website
ChelseaGalleryMap — Website
GalleriesNow — Website

Designing Programs
→ Karl Gerstner states that designers should not create solutions for problems but programs for solutions. For our last experiment, you will deconstruct a creative practice of your choice and appreciate the challenges of crafting language that instructs somebody else.


→ Asynchronous
Read, Watch, Write

Karl Gerstner
→ Designing Programs, excerpt, google drive & Canvas. Skim!
Monograph Review @eye magazine
Think program: catalog of the exhibition “designing programs/programming designs” @MoMA

Yoko Ono
Grapefruit: A Book of Instructions and Drawings (1964). Follow the link in the article to see an excerpt.

Sol Lewitt
Sol Lewitt devised guidelines and diagrams that allowed for artworks, such as his wall drawings, to be executed by his assistants.
→ Wall Drawing 104 Executed by Eric Doeringer
→ TATE: Studio Visit


→ Prepare
1. Experiment 6: Designing Programs
Develop a program—a set of instructions—that guides a peer to visually respond to their research inquiry & develop new records for their archive. Use this form to submit your set of instructions on or before Oct 27, 6pm.
→ The process can be inspired by the methodology of a specific artist, designer or a general creative practice. Here is an example from Fashion Design.
→ Step 1 needs to address ways to connect to a research topic (“identify an object”, “Visit an environment”, “Find a photograph”, …)
→ The set of instructions needs to include a way to document a “visual response”.
→ Enact your own instructions to test them.

Communication Design Lecture Series: Friday, Oct 22, 2pm EST.
Find the link in the CD APP

Designing Programmes by Karl Gerstner: More images on Page-Spread

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