Reading Assignment


For each Reading Assignment review the material briefly (quick read, listen, and/or watch of all content) before the class. Don’t take notes or worry about “getting it”, have a coffee/tea/etc and think about an initial reading as relaxing with no expectations. Hopefully this allows you to experience an impression of the content and have a general idea, or maybe even a few specific details that stood out. For class, the first half+ of the time is set aside for a second read/watch/listenreview and reading of materials provided. The second half, or last hour of the class, is for discussion and conversation on the content. A set of questions are provided that offer a shared method for engaging with the text, which you will supplement with your own questions, opinions/feelings, and reflections to be shared during the class discussion.

For each source of content in the Reading Assignment use the following as a guideline for engagement

1. Make a list of key words, terms, and vocabulary. Select a few and provide a short definition and/or context. Practice using a selection of them during the class discussion.

2. In bulleted list form (sentences and/or short paragraphs), include:

  • Three main points that you gleaned from the material
  • Two aspects of the content that struck you as particularly important and/or interesting
  • One question about or extending from the source material

3. For the class discussion, feel free to bring in other information, such as other articles or images that might facilitate discussion or offer context on your question(s) for the class.

The expectation is for this to be one page (per source). Use the # list above (no need to write the prompts), 11 or 12 sized font, and single spaced.


David Campany, “Between Art and Functio”, in: Aperture Magazine, No.249 (Winter 2022), p.38-43

Interview with artist Stan Douglas (podcast). You can also download to your computer or cel via the podcast “A Brush With”, episode “A brush with… Stan Douglas” from May 31, 2022. (52 minutes)

Additional websites to view Stan Douglas’ work and practice


Matthew Thompson, ‘The Object Lost and Found”, Essay for the exhibition The Anxiety of Photography, Aspen Art Museum (2011).

NOTE: This text is 8.5 pages long with a 2.5 page bibliography at the end.

Exhibition website: