Final Paper Prompt
This paper is due at the beginning of class on December 4. It should be 8-9 pages long (double-spaced, one side of the page, 12-point font, stapled).
This course has considered towards two very different approaches to the relationship between a work of art and its audience: Engagement and Disruption. The first approach holds that art is improved or intensified via a responsive or even interactive relationship; the second implies that art should be difficult, upsetting, and challenging, that it should work against its audience, not letting them slip into escapist pleasure or consume an artwork mindlessly. Choose two works, one that embraces engagement and the other disruption, and make an argument about which is more successful and why. At least one of the works should be one that we studied in class.