MLA Studio 502A: Locating Vitality

  • Kelsey Vitullo. Lavender and mint garden for the public.
    Kelsey Vitullo. Lavender and mint garden for the public.
  • Artist Garden for the Apocalypse by Allana Ross; drawing by Kelsey Vitullo.
    Artist Garden for the Apocalypse by Allana Ross; drawing by Kelsey Vitullo.

Locating Vitality
Studio 502A, Spring 2017

The Locating Vitality studio, led by lecturer Micah Stanek, addresses the challenges of urban "revitalization," a condition often found on the wish list of urban administrators and developers. It seems as if "revitalization" is somehow ready-made, waiting somewhere to be imported into a situation where a "lack" has been discovered. By means of printmaking and a series of site interventions, the studio investigates the location of vitality where it lies, embedded within the visible and invisible layers of a specific site. Each student identifies an unexplored form of vitality and develops a proposition that will catalyze development out of their own entanglement with the site.