Experimental Practices is an interdisciplinary studio course that encourages experimentation within each student’s current design practice. Students explore methods to adapt media outside their usual creative process to expand their current skill set, and to develop a personal practice to complement their commercial work.
The last lesson in the course is usually a surprise. Past lessons have included guest lectures, workshops, movie screenings, and field trips. This week, a group of students visited the Contemporary Art Gallery (CAG) to view the work of renowned British artist Mike Nelson. It was his first solo exhibition in Canada which was comprised of two pieces: a series of sculptures made from found objects and a collection of projected 35mm slides depicting landscapes across Alberta and British Columbia that had traces of human contact. The students had to write a constructive review of their experience of the visit to CAG and their reaction to the work.