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Undergraduate Course: Art After Photography (HIAR10105)

Course Outline
SchoolEdinburgh College of Art CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Course typeStandard AvailabilityAvailable to all students
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 4 Undergraduate) Credits20
Home subject areaHistory of Art Other subject areaNone
Course website None Taught in Gaelic?No
Course description$ýThe impact of photography&© provides one important and influential polemical narrative which can be seen as explaining many if not all of the most important developments in twentieth-century art: centrally, the decline of painting and sculpture, and the rise of a rival realm of image-consumption in photographically-based mass culture. This course is designed to enable students to test key elements in this narrative, to review their knowledge of this period in the light of it, and to develop a sophisticated appreciation of the transformations in art practice and theory which photography brought about, and the aesthetic and political debates in the wider field of contemporary art which have arisen as a consequence of photography&©s impact. Questions and issues to be explored include: Walter Benjamin&©s argument that photography brings about the loss of the work of art&©s $ýaura&©; the claim that photography attacks such mainstays of traditional aesthetic theory as originality, uniqueness and skill; photography&©s impact on painting and sculpture; photography as an $ýindexical&© mark; forms of the photographic collection; the so-called $ýpost-medium condition&©; the rise of a society of $ýspectacle&©; and changes to our visual experience and perception. The course will examine a wide spectrum of twentieth-century and contemporary art in all mediums, including painting, sculpture and moving-image work, and will not be restricted to examining the work only of photographers.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Additional Costs None
Information for Visiting Students
Displayed in Visiting Students Prospectus?No
Course Delivery Information
Delivery period: 2011/12 Semester 2, Available to all students (SV1) WebCT enabled:  Yes Quota:  None
Location Activity Description Weeks Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
CentralSeminar1-11 14:00 - 15:50
First Class First class information not currently available
Exam Information
Exam Diet Paper Name Hours:Minutes
Main Exam Diet S2 (April/May)Art After Photography2:00
Summary of Intended Learning Outcomes
&∑ Students will acquire knowledge of a range of historical and contemporary artists and artworks, and of key issues and debates in the field of twentieth-century and contemporary art.
&∑ Students will come to appreciate the idea of photography as an object of theoretical reception in the twentieth century: learning about the variety of ways in which photography has been theorized as a distinctively different mode of artistic signification to traditional methods of painting and sculpture.
&∑ Students will develop the ability to perceive and argue for connections across a range of artistic practices.
&∑ Students will gain confidence in handling a range of theoretically sophisticated methodologies.

Students will develop their existing abilities to:
&∑ Look closely at works of art;
&∑ Read difficult texts skilfully and with understanding;
&∑ Analyze ideas and arguments successfully;
&∑ Present their own ideas clearly and well in writing and in debate;
&∑ Prepare and organize their work effectively to deadlines.

The course will also provide students with a range of historical examples and theoretical arguments which will deepen their understanding of the modern period in relation to contemporary society, and will enhance their ability to contribute to wider contemporary cultural and political debate.
Assessment Information
1 Essay 50%
1 Degree Examination 50%
Special Arrangements
Additional Information
Academic description Not entered
Syllabus Not entered
Transferable skills Not entered
Reading list Douglas Crimp, On the Museum&©s Ruins (Cambridge, Mass.: MIT, 1993).

Walter Benjamin, $ýThe Work of Art in the Age of Its Technological Reproducibility (Third Version, 1939)&©, in Michael W. Jennings ed., Walter Benjamin: Selected Writings vol. 4 (Cambridge, Mass.; London: The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 2003).

Abigail Solomon Godeau, $ýWinning the Game when the Rules Have Been Changed: Art Photography and Postmodernism&©, in Liz Wells ed., The Photography Reader (London; New York: Routledge, 2003).

Guy Debord, Society of the Spectacle (extracts: sections 1-72) (orig. pub. 1967; trans. Ken Knabb, London: Rebel Press).

Rosalind Krauss, $ýThe Cultural Logic of the Late Capitalist Museum&©, October vol. 54 (Autumn, 1990); and $ýRe-Inventing the Medium&©, Critical Inquiry, vol. 25, 1999.

Max Horkheimer and Theodor Adorno, $ýThe Culture Industry: Enlightenment as Mass Deception&©, in Horkheimer and Adorno, Dialectic of Enlightenment (New York: Continuum, 2002).

T.J. Clark, $ýModernism, Postmodernism and Steam&©, October, vol. 100 (Spring, 2002).

Carol Armstrong, $ýThis Photography Which Is Not One: In the Gray Zone with Tina Modotti&©, October, no. 101, Summer, 2002.

Benjamin Buchloh, $ýThomas Struth: Portrait / Genre&©, in Thomas Struth: Portraits, with texts by Thomas Weski, Norman Bryson and Benjamin Buchloh (Mosel, Munich: Schirmer Art Books, 1997).

Chrissie Iles, $ýIssues in the New Cinematic Aesthetic in Video&©, in Pavel BŁchler and Tanya Leighton eds., Saving the Image: Art After Film (Glasgow: Centre for Contemporary Arts, 2003).

David Green and Peter Seddon eds., History Painting Reassessed (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2000).

Robert Storr, Gerhard Richter: October 18, 1977 (New York: The Museum of Modern Art, 2000).

John Walsh and Peter Sellars, Bill Viola $ķ The Passions (Los Angeles: J. Paul Getty Museum; London: National Gallery, 2003).
Study Abroad Not entered
Study Pattern Not entered
KeywordsNot entered
Course organiserDr Tamara Trodd
Tel: (0131 6)51 3120
Course secretaryMrs Sue Cavanagh
Tel: (0131 6)51 1460
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