|Assessment length / details
|Literature review with bibliography (15 sources) 2000 word review of recent literature, to be shared with class and used as foundation for research essay.
|Research Essay Essay, 2500 words, plus Works Cited and appendix with captioned figures (illustrations), formatted in accordance with MLA style
|Resit literature review 2000 word review of recent literature, to be shared with class and used as foundation for research essay.
|Resit research essay Essay, 2500 words, plus Works Cited and appendix with captioned figures (illustrations), formatted in accordance with MLA style
On successful completion of this module students should be able to:
1. situate the production, curation, distribution and reception of contemporary art in a cultural, political, and socio-economic context.
2. identify, define and debate key concepts of contemporary art discourse.
3. access, review and document a broad range of subject-specific literature in print and on line.
4. establish, sustain, test and support a position on contemporary art practices in a critical essay informed by research and rooted in theory.
MA Fine Art students are taught alongside MA Art History students, which provides an opportunity to contrast the intentions and concerns of practitioners with the critical reception of their work.
Using a variety of assigned readings (e.g. artist statements, exhibition catalogues, reviews, theoretical/philosophical journal articles and art history essays) as a starting point, seminar members gather primary and secondary sources to explore whether/how a given theme or topic manifests in the practice of contemporary artists. The selection of sample artists and sources is negotiated in individual tutorials.
The research is shared with fellow students during the seminar and subsequently via Blackboard, providing all seminar members with an overview and review of specific aspects of contemporary art, as well as with a foundation for debates on current developments in the artworld. The research also serves as a basis for the final essay.
Key terminology to be defined, tested and contested in the seminars include ‘visual culture,’ ‘material culture,’ ‘new media,’ ‘postmodern,’ ‘altermodern,’ ‘identity politics,’ ‘globalisation,’ ‘trauma discourse,’ ‘institutional critique,’ ‘artivism’ and ‘relational aesthetics.’
The weekly seminar discussions prepare MA Fine Art students to re-examine their own art practice to arrive at artist statements that are informed by theory and demonstrate the relevance of their work in contemporary contexts.
9) Activism/Relational Aesthetics
10) Practical Theories/Theorised Praxis
|Application of Number
|Articulating ideas through seminar discussions, literature review and research essay
|Improving own Learning and Performance
|Independent study through seminar assignments and workshop research and preparation
|Information retrieval from various academic research portals and online museum collection databases
|Personal Development and Career planning
|Demonstration of professionalism in research and MLA style documentation. Reassessment of artist statements in light of seminar discussions
|In seminar preparation and discussions, essay research and writing
|In seminar preparation, bibliography and essay research and writing
|Subject Specific Skills
|Interpretation of contemporary visual culture and theory in art historical contexts
|Collaborating on gathering of sources, sharing of literature reviews in seminar discussions
This module is at CQFW Level 7