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“Teaching Notes” is a questionnaire created by the American artist Paul Thek to teach the 4-Dimensional Design Class under his charge at Cooper Union in New York between 1978 and 1981.


The notes consist of a series of questions that deal with subjects ranging from personal data to philosophical perspectives. They are formulated through compelling writing, and stimulate a playful but in-depth exploration of the interrelated nature of personal and contextual events, as part of artistic production.


The piece becomes a useful tool to interrogate the role that these relationships play in cultural production.


Paul Thek, “Teaching Notes: 4-Dimensional Design,” in Paul Thek: Artist’s Artist, ed. Harald Falckenberg and Peter Weibel (Cambridge: MIT Press, 2009), 393–95.

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