6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL
Undergraduate - Unit
Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.
Not offered in 2019
12 credit points at first year level in Art history and theory, or Theory of Art and Design, Visual Culture or permission from Unit Coordinator.
This unit was formerly coded TAD2105
This unit considers contemporary international art from a variety of perspectives, with each week aligned to a relevant, local exhibition. The unit covers a range of material concerns: sculptural, painterly, filmic, performative, durational, conceptual and so on. Themes may change in different years, but include such questions as "What is contemporary art?", "How do we define aesthetics after conceptualism?" and "How can art be political today?" The course also covers institutional concerns, such as methods of dissemination, global reach, biennales, gallery contexts and curatorial implications. With help from teaching staff, students are encouraged to focus the assessment tasks on the concerns of their studio practice or art writing and art history interests.
Upon successful completion of this unit students will be able to:
- Identify the wider concerns of contemporary international art as they are played out in a local context;
- Demonstrate a detailed knowledge of contemporary Australian art and the various art institutions of Melbourne;
- Apply wider aesthetic, political and institutional concerns to particular art practices and institutions.
Assignment 1500 words (40%)
Research essay 2500 words (60%)
12 hours per week including 3 contact hours and 9 hours of independent study or equivalent.
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