Pedro Lasch: Making Art in Public

Pedro Lasch: Making Art in Public


This is Duke University. Why does public art really have to happen
here? Why can’t public art happen here? Or here? Or in a very tight spot like this one? You kind of just put the velcro and so you
can see your face on my body which is a bit creepy for some people. We’re not just studying public art as a subject
matter. We’re making public art together in the medium of the MOOC. So if a painter paints,
we are making art with the MOOC, right? And this has never been done. Of course we’re
very excited by it, but like with anything that’s done for the first time, it’s an experiment. The question of whether art can even be caught
on the Internet is an interesting one and that’s one of the reasons why we thought doing
the Art of the MOOC was worth it. We’re inviting and encouraging people to really
do things locally, but at the same time, Coursera, the platform on which this MOOC runs, has
over 11 million registered students around the world, basically in every country on the
planet. So just picture the possibilities of that, of doing your local work but also
connecting with scholars, artists, activists, amateurs, all kinds of people interested in
the subject matter. There’s no classroom, traditional classroom course that would allow
you to do that. And said hey let’s make a sculpture fence.
He called it a drawing that entered into space. So I really think it’s crucial that people
sign up, that they participate early on, and that they feel inspired, not just by the course
content, you know in the art historical and just generally historical material, but by
the prompts that let them make their own work. So if large numbers of students sign up and
keep producing work, I think to me that would be the largest sign of success. Produced by Duke University, online at duke.edu.

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