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DD3010

 

DD3010 Issues in Global Contemporary Art

[Lectures: 39 hours; Pre-requisites: Nil; Academic Unit: 3.0]

Pre-requisite

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Nil

Academic Unit

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3 AU

Course Description

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Learning Objective

The objective of this course is to introduce the students to the debate on global contemporary art by exposing them to a number of relevant issues current within visual art scene worldwide.

Content

The course examines the problems arising from the diversity of art forms, objects and gestures characterized under the term ‘contemporary art’. It explores the nature of the ‘contemporary’, its (a)historicity and its connection with related terms such as international art, global art and post-modernity. It introduces a series of global case studies and art works, from which dilemmas and paradoxes pertaining to contemporary art are examined and debated. The course is situated in the late twentieth and early twenty first century world conditions such as globalization, late capitalism, the rapid rise and intensity of internet and cyber cultures. Within this context, the course approaches a cultural platform characterized by postcolonial critiques, environmental consciousness, a new mobility of artists, the proliferation of biennales and blockbuster shows and the rise of the trans-cultural curator. Art historical, critical and cultural theoretical insights will be applied to art practices ranging from the persisting traditional or classical forms to contemporary, high-tech or new media.

Course Outline

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Topic​

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Introduction: Historical and conceptual outlines of the “global” and the “contemporary” in the visual arts

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The legacy of conceptualism: art led research and research led art

3

The contemporary object: transience

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The contemporary object: immateriality

5

The contemporary object: site-specific

6

Social and political concerns: genre, race, environment, war trauma…

7

New-aesthetics: from contemporary painting to the high-tech

8

Art and sciences: bio-aesthetics and other forms of trans-disciplinary

9

The artist and the archive

10

New global agencies: trans-cultural curatorship and artistic diaspora

11

Post-colonialism and emerging cultural identities

12

Expansion of the “global paradigm”: art biennales and international blockbuster exhibitions

13

Analysis of an emerging issue proposed by the students. Exercise of conceptual tools developed during the course.

Learning Outcome

The student will be able to place contemporary art within a larger social context. The student will be aware of key figures in contemporary art and of their importance within the larger canon.

Student Assessment

Continuous Assessment: 100% (of which at least 15% is participation)

    Continuous assessment components will include:

    • Exercises and projects

    • Individual, group and team-based assignments

    Textbooks/References

    1. Judith Rugg, Michele Sedgwick (Eds), Issues in Curating Contemporary Art and Performance, Intellect, Bristol

    2. Michael Phillipson, Chris Jenks (Ed), Managing ‘Tradition’: The Plight of Aesthetic Practices and their Analysis in a Technoscientific Culture, Visual Culture, Routledge

    3. Okwui Enwezor, Archive Fever: Uses of the Document in Contemporary Art, Steidl

    4. Thierry de Duve, Kant after Duchamp, The MIT Press, Massachusetts

    5. Valerio Terraroli, Neo-Avant-Gardes, Postmodern and Global Art 1969-1999

      Skira

    6. Wilfried Van Damme, Kitty Zijlmans (Eds), World Art Studies: Exploring Concepts and Approaches, Valiz

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