A democratic seminar class, keeping in mind Oscar Wilde’s advice "That we should treat all trivial things in life very seriously, and all serious things of life with a sincere and studied triviality." Ethics by way of examples, treated more like gossip.
What is important? will organize around a series of reports given by each class member and followed by a free roving discussion. It will examine the idea of importance, one of the last governing principles in life and in art. It will prompt us each to recount our own lists of those topics which strike us as vitally relevant, and to try to express why. Its goal is to ferret out some common standards of value, if any such things exist. It will be practice in the art of argumentation, analysis, and shooting the shit. A collage of subject-matter will emerge, building upon itself. In the end, possibly even some kind of provisional agreement.
Each class, 1-4 participants will guide the class a on a subject of their choosing for consideration and discussion. The subject should be one which the presenter knows well and feels somehow answers the course's question. Relevant texts in any medium may be assigned in advance. Students may collaborate on presentations.
Brian Edgerton is a Brooklyn based video artist and animator. He graduated from Pratt Institute in 2006 and has studied with BHQFU since 2010.