v.1 is RISD's graduate student-run publication. Its form and content focus change year to year (thus always being "volume 1"). First published in print in May 2016 and online in November 2017 (volume-1.org), it is written, edited, designed, illustrated, and produced by RISD graduate students in all disciplines, in the context of this two semester, biweekly, (1.5 credit each)course, with additional contributions from the graduate community at large. The course is composed of two overlapping parts: 1) a seminar investigating experimental contemporary art, design, cultural, and scholarly publishing (in print, online, and live); and 2) a studio in which the class becomes the v.1 staff-envisioning and making this annual view into our graduate community and beyond. The course combines guest lectures, seminar-style discussions of readings, workshopping of student writings, presentations of research, hands-on editorial work, peer review, and ongoing feedback from the instructor. Artists and designers are contributing to cultural discourse like never before, and writing today takes many forms-scholarly, journalistic, critical, experimental, electronic, image- or design-driven, or hybrid. This course develops not just a publication but the skills, knowledge, and self-awareness necessary to establishing meaningful relationships between writing, art and design practice, and public discourse.
Graduate elective - seminar