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Constructing art in Australia: colonialism to postcolonialism 3A ( 6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL)


Leader: Dr Robert Nelson

Not offered in 2006.

Synopsis: A 'survey' of visual arts in Australia from colonisation to contemporary contexts. Historical and social perspectives in the development of painting, sculpture, printmaking, photography and film, architecture and design. Representation and subjectivity, cultural identity, nationalism and nationhood, ethnicity and gender. Issues of mainstream and marginality; notions of the 'centre' and regionalism, Australia's relationship to Europe and European art generally, and the notion of landscape as a shaper of national identity.

Objectives: On successful completion of this unit, student will: 1.recognise the range of visual practices that have operated within Australian culture from both an historical and contemporary perspective; 2.understand the significance and ideological uses of Australian visual practices in constructing notions of national identity; 3.have a post-colonial perspective in contextualizing the historical and social developments of Australian visual culture; 4 critically discuss the cultural practices of Australian artists and designers, in historical, artistic, ideological and socio-political contexts, and theorise the basis for the marginalisation of certain individuals and groups; 5 be aware of the problematical nature of Australian artistic practices especially in terms of the local artist/designer's position within both regional and international contexts.

Assessment: Short Essay 40% + Long Essay 55% + Reader discussion 5%

Contact Hours: One 2 hour lecture, one 1 hour tutorial and 3 independent study hours per week

Prerequisites: 2 second-year level TAD units

Prohibitions: TAD3119,TAD2109