On Site Insight
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On Site/Insight uses the interdisciplinary practice of site-specific art to enrich students’ lives, improve academic achievement, and foster parental involvement. Site specific art requires the analysis of a specific location, such as a neighborhood, building, room, park, etc. in terms of its historical, functional, social, philosophical, environmental, spatial, and aesthetic dimensions. Based on this analysis, site-specific artists conceive ways of transforming the site through temporary artworks such as sculptures, paintings, murals, multi-media installations, technology, and performances. On Site/Insight motivates students to excel through collaboration between at-risk and high-achieving students, between older and younger students, and through emersion in open-ended, creative problem solving. In this collaboration, the intellectual and aesthetic horizons of all participants are expanded through: increased interdisciplinary learning; the creative, conceptual, and technical challenges of making large-scale artworks; and parental involvement, all of which leads to an enriched view of the world and of one’s own potential.
The site-specific artwork emerging out of this project is directly based on the experiences students share with each other and multi-dimensional analyses of the three school communities—their histories, current socio-economic realities, and their spatial, aesthetic, architectural, and environmental qualities. On Site/Insight’s five site-specific art projects are:
The Cairns Project, in which students learn how making larger-than-life monuments connect people across time, space, and cultures (pictured at left); A Thousand Words, in which students gain confidence by exposing their art-making process in front of a live audience, responding to original spoken word, musical, and dance performances (pictured at left); Spheres of Influence, which uses the universal image of the sphere to explore connections between science, art, dance, math, astronomy, politics, and cultures; Dirt=Time, in which students explore earth art as a new aesthetic language with artist Jeff Mather—and use the Pythagorean Theorem, archeology, and environmental science; and Mind Signs, which explores the ways people make and use signs by transforming their environment to conceive the world in new ways.
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Cairns Project/Speheres Project
A Thousand Words