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[The] Idea [is] to change landscape from a noun to a verb—how does landscape work as a cultural practice. Landscape, we suggest, does not merely signify or symbolize power relations; it is an instrument of cultural power, perhaps even an agent of power that is (or frequently represents itself as) independent of human intentions. Landscape as a cultural medium thus has a double role with respect to something like ideology: it naturalizes a cultural and social construction, representing an artificial world as if it were simply given and inevitable… (W.J.T. Mitchell. Landscape and Power)

Course Description

This seminar introduces students to mapping and exploration as a potential methodology for their own art practice, interpreting and situating their work with a physical and/or virtual context/place. Students will interface with the local landscape conducting experiments and interventions with their surroundings as pedestrians and cyclists with the intention of developing strategies that inform their work/projects. This class looks for the connections between students’ own work and geography, landscape architecture, critical theory, anthropology, and natural resources. We will read selections by Jonathon Stilgoe, Michel deCerteau, Gile Deleuze, Henri Lefebvre, Rebecca Solnit, Edward Soja, Gaston Bachelard, and Lucy Lippard to name a few.

Class format will consist of discussion, collaboration, group critique as well as studio visits/individual meetings. In this class you will be required to read, to make work and to engage physically with the environment. course format This class meets twice a week. We will meet together on Wednesdays, discuss readings and the outcomes of the "experiments" and interventions with place/landscape. During this time and at other times we may also go outside the classroom to explore the aspects of mapping and or to practice the activity of mapping. I would like to try a variety of formats for critique. I would like to meet with each of you individually at least once for a studio visit. During that time, we will discuss your work and hopefully the impacts that the content of seminar is having on your practice and work. In addition to one or two large format critiques at the midterm and at the end of the semester which will be held during our seminar time, I would like to also do one or two small gorup critiques where we meet in groups of three or four and discuss work.

course objectives

Students will: formulate a definition of what is meant by the term mapping make both personal and collaborative work that employs mapping as methodology for approaching the practice of making art be expose to a variety of techniques, research methods that are considered mapping better know both the physical and virtual environments that form the "local" create their own systems of organization to better understand actual places and landscapes.

Course Structure

Week 1 Intro to mapping and art

Week 2 "The local", mapping the habitual, traces, a methodology of exploration

Week 3 Psychogeography

Week 4 Globalism and "the local", Google Earth

Week 5 Mapping the very tiny

Week 6 Mapping the immense

Week 7 Metaphoric Mapping in science and math

Week 8 How we got to the sprawl, mapping and history in US, GIS

Week 9 Mapping the banal. sprawl, suburban space, visiting artist Matthew Coolidge from Center for Land Use and Interpretation

Week 10 Mapping nature

Week 11 Mapping sacred space

Week 12 Mapping the space between us, social networks

Week 13 More mapping the space between us, social networks

Week 14 Collaborative project

Week 15 Collaborative project

Instructor Information

instructor: Katerie Gladdys
office: FAC301
office hours: Mondays 12-3 or by appointment
email: kgladdys@ufl.edu

Required Reading List


I will provide .pdfs of the readings to be downloaded from the class website.

Required Materials

analog and digital means to make art (Also if you own a GPS device, please feel free to bring and use.)

Access to Software

Google Earth
We may use other free software packages as we move through the semester, but for now just Google Earth

Access to Equipment

not required, but good to have: digital camera, camcorder, GPS device, computer (If you have a a laptop, please bring to class.)

Course Requirements

Attendance + Participation

This class is very experiential and experimental in nature. We will do a lot of in class activities for which you will get credit. Many of these activites can not be "made up" outside of class. You will miss out on a great deal if you do not come. There is a correlation in studio classes between attendance and final grades. You have a better chance of doing well if you come to class. Only three (3) unexcused absences will be allowed. Every unexcused absence beyond this will lower your grade by a letter grade. A total of seven absences, excused or unexcused, will result in a grade of “E” for the class. Excused absences include religious holidays, a verifiable death in the immediate family or with a doctor’s note.

expectations for class participation

Participation by all members is critical to the success of this class. Excellent participation is a given and includes contributing to ongoing discussions and critiques, suggests alternative ways of approaching projects, along with a thoughtful process and strong work ethic. Participation is evaluated with respect to both quality and quantity.

What constitutes participation?

physical demands of this class

This class requires a certain amount of mobility. Please let me know beforehand on an individual basis if you are not physically able to do or complete an assignment. Caveat: I nor the University of Florida is responsible for risky behavior that you choose to do in the name of exploration. If we do a group activity that requires me to have you sign a release form that is one thing, but what you do to personally complete an assignment is yourrisk and responsibility.

lateness and leaving early

I will take attendance at the beginning of each class. If you are not present at that time, you will be marked as absent unless you see me at the end of class letting me know that you came so I can correct my attendance sheet. You are expected to stay for the entire class period. I generally check to see who is around after the break. If you leave, your attendance will be recorded as late. Three late marks count as an unexcused absence. If you know that you will be late or absent, please let me know in advance by contacting me at kgladdys@ufl.edu. Both lateness and absence will also have an effect on your participation grade. late assignments If you are having difficulties for any reason in understanding the material and completing the work for this class, you need to make an appointment to meet and talk with me. Do not wait until the last minute (right before an assignment is due) or until you are totally lost to contact me. Any assignments not completed by the end of the course will result in course failure. No work resubmission will be accepted

Evaluation and Grading

The final grade is a cumulative grade based on how well you accomplished course objectives and requirements.
Your final grade will be determined roughly as follows:
20% group mapping collaborative
40% your personal work and research
40% attendance, participation, reflective writing, 6 weekly experiments

Grade Explanation:

A = Superlative work: careful attention to craft and presentation. Originality of idea and execution work together. Goes beyond merely solving the problem – one who performs at this level is visibly outstanding, work is outstanding in every respect.
B+ = Very fine work: almost superlative. A few minor changes could have been considered and executed to to bring piece together. Again, goes beyond merely solving the problem.
B = Above average: solution to the problem and idea well planned. Execution is well done. This is an honorable grade.
C+ = A bit above average: slipping in levels of originality, craft and presentation. The piece does not work well as a unified whole or statement yet effort was made.
C = You have solved the problem: the requirements of the problem are met in a relatively routine way.
D+ = You have solved the problem but there is much room for improving your skills and developing your concepts further. You have neglected the basic craftsmanship skills and breadth and depth of idea development.
D = Inadequate work: the requirements of the problem are not addressed. The piece represents careless and/ or incomplete effort. Work is substandard.
E = Unacceptable work and effort


Respect I want this class to be fun and meaningful with everybody feeling comfortable to contribute to the dialogue. This is how we learn. Effective learning/teaching is a creative and co-constructed experience with give and take between teacher and student and between student and student. Key to facilitating an environment for learning is respect. Disruptive and disrepective behavior make for stressful atmosphere which is not conducive to learning.

Please observe the following class policies.

general university policies and services


This resource covers most policies and procedures important to students - http://www.dso.ufl.edu/stg/

acommodations for students with disabilities

I will make every attempt to accommodate students with disabilities. Students requesting classroom accommodation must first register with the Dean of Students Office. The Dean of Students Office will provide documentation to the student who must then provide this documentation to the Instructor when requesting accommodation. Disability Office -– http://www.dso.ufl.edu/OSD/

contacts for university counseling services

Includes personal, academic, crisis and career services.
Dial 392-1575. University Counseling Services/ Counseling Center 301 Peabody Hall P.O. Box 114100, University of Florida Gainesville, FL 32611-4100 Web: www.counsel.ufl.edu

contacts for student healthcare center

Dial 911 for medical emergencies. Dial 392-1161 for urgent after-hours medical questions. Dial 392-1171

for after-hours mental health assistance. http://www.health.ufl.edu/shcc/

environmental health and safety


Each student must complete a H&S STUDENT WAIVER FORM (available next to the copier in the SAAH office) and on-line (see address above). Waivers must be turned into the SAAH Director of Operations before the end of the 2nd week of classes. Please staple the course sheets together. safety and


University Police Department - http://police.ufl.edu/

Dial 911 for emergencies. Dial 392-1111 otherwise.

reading days

The two days prior to the start of examinations in the fall and spring semesters, generally a Thursday and Friday, are designated reading days. No classes or exams are held on these days. Instead, students are encouraged to use these days for study and review.

twelve-day rule

Students who participate in official athletic or scholastic, extracurricular activities are permitted twelve (12) scholastic day absences per semester without penalty. In any case, it is the student’s responsibility to maintain satisfactory academic performance and attendance.

absences for religious holidays

Students, upon prior notification of their instructions, shall be excused from class or other scheduled academic activity to observe a religious holy day of their faith. Students shall be permitted a reasonable amount of time to make up the material or activities covered in their absence. A student who believes that he/she has been unreasonably denied an education benefit due to religious beliefs or practices may seek redress through the student grievance procedure.

honesty policy

An academic honesty offense is defined as the act of lying, cheating or stealing academic information so that one gains academic advantage. As a University of Florida student, one is expected to neither commit nor assist another in committing an academic honesty violation. Additionally, it is the student’s duty to report observed academic honesty violations. These can include: cheating, plagiarism, bribery, misrepresentation, conspiracy, or fabrication. The university’s policies regarding academic honesty, the honor code, and student conduct related to the honor code will be strictly enforced.

Full information regarding these policies is available at the following links:

computer use and acceptable use policy

All faculty, staff, and students of the University of Florida are required and expected to obey the laws and legal agreements governing software use. Failure to do so can lead to monetary damages and/or criminal penalties for the individual violator. Because such violations are also against University policies and rules, disciplinary action will be taken as appropriate. http://www.circa.ufl.edu/computers/ http://www.cio.ufl.edu/aupolicy.htm

disruptive behavior

Faculty, students, Administrative and Professional staff members, and other employees [hereinafter referred to as “member(s)” of the University], who intentionally act to impair, interfere with, or obstruct the mission, purposes, order, operations, processes, and functions of the University shall be subject to appropriate disciplinary action by University authorities for misconduct, as set forth in the applicable rules of the Board of Regents and the University and state law governing such actions. A detailed list of disruptive conduct may be found at http://www.aa.ufl.edu/aa/Rules/1008.htm Be advised that you can and will be dismissed from class if you engage in disruptive behavior.

Critical Dates on the University Calendar


It is your responsibility to check the class website in a regular basis. Generally, I announce any changes to the syllabus in class