Module Information

Module Identifier
AHM0820
Module Title
Artworld: Contemporary Practice in Context (for Students of Fine Art)
Academic Year
2018/2019
Co-ordinator
Semester
Semester 1
Mutually Exclusive
Reading List
External Examiners
  • Professor Christiana Payne (Professor - Oxford Brookes University)
 
Other Staff

Course Delivery

Delivery Type Delivery length / details
Seminar 11 x 2 Hour Seminars
 

Assessment

Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment Literature review with bibliography (15 sources)  2000 word review of recent literature, to be shared with class and used as foundation for research essay.  40%
Semester Assessment Research Essay  Essay, 2500 words, plus Works Cited and appendix with captioned figures (illustrations), formatted in accordance with MLA style   60%
Supplementary Assessment Resit literature review  2000 word review of recent literature, to be shared with class and used as foundation for research essay.  40%
Supplementary Assessment Resit research essay  Essay, 2500 words, plus Works Cited and appendix with captioned figures (illustrations), formatted in accordance with MLA style   60%

Learning Outcomes

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.

Brief description

Delivered as a series of weekly seminars and workshops, this module offers a discussion and study forum for MA Fine Art students during their first semester at the School of Art. Themed seminar sessions situate the production, curation and distribution of contemporary art in a cultural, political, and socio-economic context.
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.

Content

1) Art/Visual Culture
2) History/Theory
3) Tradition/Revision
4) Self/Representation
5) Creativity/Technology
6) Production/Consumption
7) Identity/Otherness
8) Markets/Institutions
9) Activism/Relational Aesthetics
10) Practical Theories/Theorised Praxis

Module Skills

Skills Type Skills details
Application of Number
Communication 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 Technology 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
Problem solving In seminar preparation and discussions, essay research and writing
Research skills In seminar preparation, bibliography and essay research and writing
Subject Specific Skills Interpretation of contemporary visual culture and theory in art historical contexts
Team work Collaborating on gathering of sources, sharing of literature reviews in seminar discussions

Notes

This module is at CQFW Level 7