|Delivery Type||Delivery length / details|
|Seminars / Tutorials||Seminar 11 x 2 hr|
|Assessment Type||Assessment length / details||Proportion|
|Semester Assessment||Course Work presentation paper and studentship, to be written up afterwards incorporating ideas that came outo f the discussion (2,500 words)||100%|
|Supplementary Exam||Failed components are submitted/re-presented for resit examination|
On successful completion of this module students should be able to:
situate their own work, whether in Art History or Art Practice, in the wider context of contemporary culture.
understand the concept of visual culture and its implications for the study of fine art and art history
understand and discuss theoretical texts within a group context, and present ideas about art and visual culture formally to the class and in writing
- students submit the longer presentation only and on one topic only (rather than the shorter presentation and extended essay also). As a result hours assigned for self-directed study is significantly less. Art Practice students are expected to tailor the presentation to the concerns of their own work wherever practicable.
- background reading and textual study prior to each class is far less extensive
- students are not required to attend essay tutorials.
- examine the practice of art and art writing within the broader context of visual culture
- examine recent debates in cultural theory in relation to visual art
- provide a core module for all MA students in the School of Art whether their primary focus was Art History or Art Practice (MA in Art, and MA in Art & Art History) take the AHM0410 Art & Visual Culture (B) version of this module.)
- allow students to examine the interface between Art practice, Art Theory and the concept of visual culture and would give them the opportunity to situate their own practice within the wider context of contemporary culture.
- enable students to examine the interface between studio practice, art theory and the concept of visual culture. It would also give them the opportunity to situate their own practice within the wider context of contemporary culture.
- The module would provide a theoretical grounding for the stated aims of all degree schemes in the School of Art where students study Art Practice, Art History or Museum Studies.
- exercise the student's capacity for critical reading, discussion, presentation and writing
- situate their own work, whether in Art History or Art Practice, in the wider context of contemporary culture.
- understand the concept of visual culture and its implications for the study of fine art and art history
- understanding and discuss theoretical texts within a group context, and present ideas about art and visual culture formally to the class and in writing.
1. Old art history/new art history
considers some of the theoretical positions that lay behind the new art history as it developed in the 1970s including post structuralism, feminism and psychoanalysis.
2. Cultural studies/Visual culture
examines different concepts and meanings of `culture' and in particular what might constitute visual culture and its relationship to art practice.
3. Institutions and organisations
discuses the role of educational institutions, government organisations, museums and galleries in structuring and supporting art and visual culture.
4. Material culture
examines the implications of concept of material culture and its relationship to visual culture or art objects.
5. Production and consumption
considers different ways of conceptualising the production and consumption of visual culture: cultural producers and artists, viewers and buyers, culture and commodity.
6. New technology
studies the role of new technology in the expanding range of visual practices: art works on the internet, information overload, art marketing.
7. Post-colonial culture
discusses what is meant by the term post-colonial, the questioning of a Eurocentric viewpoint and the notion of World Art.
8. Globalisation and cultural identity
Global culture, personal identity and visual culture, with a focus on art in Wales.
9. Personal identity and self-culture
looks at the artist's use of their body and biography as a resource for medium and content
10. Cultural relativism and absolute values
considers what constitutes artistic value and who defines the canon?
11. The power of the gaze and the pleasures of the eye
examines notions of aesthetic pleasure in visual culture bearing in mind that `no act of looking is innocent,
Reading ListGeneral Text
Ashcroft, Bill, Griffiths, Gareth and Tiffin, Helen (1995) The Post-colonial Studies Reader Routledge, London and New York Primo search Barthes, Roland (1989) Mythologies, London, Paladin Primo search Becker, Gary (1996) Accounting for Tastes Princeton, Havard University Press Primo search Bourdieu, Pierre (1993) The Field of Cultural Production London, Polity, Primo search Connor, Steven (1992) Theory and Cultural Value Oxford, Blackwell Primo search Greenberg, Reesa, Ferguson, Bruce, Nairne, Sandy (1996) Thinking about Exhibitions London, Routledge Primo search Jenks, C (ed), (1995) Visual Culture Routledge, London and New York Primo search Lord, Peter (1994) Gwenllian: Essays on Visual Culture Llandysul, Gomer Primo search Sherman, Daniel, and Rogoff, Irit (1994) Museum Culture: Histories, Discourses, Spectacles London, Routledge, Primo search Walker, John and Chaplin, Sarah (1997) Visual Culture: An Introduction, Manchester, MUP Primo search Visual Arts and Culture Primo search Recommended Text
Things Primo search Third Text Primo search
This module is at CQFW Level 7