Learning with Landmarks

Landmarks is thrilled to announce its first blog series Learning with Landmarks. Each post will feature the exemplary work of a student at The University of Texas at Austin whose innovative and thoughtful use of works of art in the Landmarks’ collection satisfies the requirements for a course assignment or project. If you are a faculty member on campus and would like to highlight your students’ work, please contact Landmarks Education Coordinator, Catherine Zinser at catherine.zinser@austin.utexas.edu.

Jac Juengst

Learning with Landmarks’ inaugural post comes from Dr. Ann Reynolds’ course, Issues in Visual Culture: Animation. Students were asked to select an architectural space, a related sequence of spaces, or a three-dimensional object currently on campus. A sophomore design student in the College of Fine Arts, Jac Juengst chose James Turrell’s Skyspace, The Color Inside, on the rooftop of the Student Activity Center.

Dr. Reynolds posed a series of questions:
• How is the “life” of the space expressed or not expressed?
• How is the past reanimated by the space?
• How is the spectator acknowledged or not acknowledged through the way the space was designed to be used?
• How might any or all of the above be enhanced by alterations to the design of the space?

Juengst explains “there are a lot of connections between The Color Inside and other historical buildings, artworks, and ideas, and I wanted to highlight some of these references central to the idea of giving new life through reanimation of imagery and experience. Overall, I hoped to convey how the interactivity of the space relates to the ideas of animation that I had been exploring in class.”

The teaching assistant for the course, Tatiana Reinoza says Juengst “captures the immersive experience of James Turrell’s The Color Inside. [She] creates a journey for the readers to discover the serenity of this space that acts as a conduit of life. She argues that the Skyspace creates a portal for the reanimation of the viewer and the sky. Throughout the light show, she observes the metamorphosis of the sky where the constantly changing light bleeds out over the edges and invokes a viewer’s reanimation, reverting us back to our past, to a place of childhood wonder.”