Wednesday October 23: LAB 6: Tools for Presentation

Tony Cokes, Installation view: Collision/Coalition, The Shed, New York, June 19 – August 25, 2019. Photo: Lily Wan. Courtesy the artist; Greene Naftali, New York; Hannah Hoffman, Los Angeles; and Electronic Arts Intermix, New York

How might we intentionally misuse (what the Lettrist International called “detourning”) ubiquitous, restrictive modes of communication? What makes for a (supposedly) good presentation? How might a corporate tool become an artistic or comedic medium? How can we make slide presentations not boring? 

Lab: Produce and present critical / satirical slide shows.

Tools used: Google Slides, Microsoft Powerpoint (we’ll also take a quick look at Prezi).

  • Skim through Russell Davies, Ella Fitzsimmons, Matthew Sheret, and Giles Turnbull, “Doing Presentations” (2019).
  • David Byrne, excerpt from Envisioning Emotional Epistemological Information (Steidl / Pace / MacGill, 2003).
  • Justin Caffier, “Why Is PowerPoint Having a Comedy Moment?Vulture (November 1, 2018).


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