What happens when contemporary artists treat their everyday lives as artistic material, "sculpting" their eating, sleeping, or living habits and reporting on the process? What kind of art is this? In the era of reality TV, personal informatics, and "challenge literature" have such projects gone mainstream? How do they relate to the "life projects" of ascetics, experimental subjects, or the mentally ill?
This seminar is for anyone interested in contemporary art and culture, extremes of human behavior, or willpower and its limits.
Course open to Freshman Students Only