This assignment was inspired by the former DRHSART student Elisa Rudolph. Last year, Elisa created her own assignment that she called the 100 posters project. Each of her 100 posters were inspired by a song, and each poster was designed in a way to articulate the sensation and overall feel of the music. I thought it was a relevant idea, and have decided to re-mix her project to suit the diverse needs of the Art 45 curriculum.
The students have decided to title this project "Playlist". This is not just an assignment, but a collective exhibition of all students from the Art 45 class who wish to participate. The students were given a window in which to sign up for their song. We decided that there could be no repeat songs, so students were encouraged to sign up right away. Once the students chose their songs, they were asked to do the following:
Be inspired by the rhythm, melody, and lyrics of the chosen song. There are no rules about the media used to re-express the song visually. Students were encouraged to step outside of their comfort zones and explore media they have not yet attempted to use. Installation, sculpture and video were encouraged, but students were given autonomy to express their song in any way they want. Some students will use the style they have developed thus far, and simply let the their song be the inspiration for the style of work they already know well. Other students will try something completely new, taking a much bigger risk with the possibility of discovering something completely new and original.
Those students who choose to participate in this collective exhibition will be responsible for finding the location within the school for the exhibition, and will need to work together as a team to get the work displayed professionally.
A spotify playlist will accompany the exhibition and will include each of the songs represented by the artwork. Additionally, QR codes will be generated for each song within the playlist and will be attached to the labeling system for the show, allowing those who view the show to listen to the song that inspired the work.