Postgraduate Course: Scottish Art in the Age of Critical Theory 1945-2010 (HIAR11065)
|School||Edinburgh College of Art
||College||College of Humanities and Social Science
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
||Availability||Not available to visiting students
|Summary||The central focus of this course will be to examine and assess the complex and shifting theoretical relationship between the work of major post-war Scottish artists and post-war critical discourse. We will draw on a variety of themes broadly concerned with 'violence' (such as 'violence and the image'; 'the cut and the crash'; 'injustice and violation of rights'; 'mental conflict and identity'; 'spiritual turmoil', 'gendered violence'; 'criminality and evil'; 'totalitarianism and politics').
In art historical terms the course will be broadly chronological and the main figures for individual study will include - Eduardo Paolozzi, Alan Davie, Joan Eardley, Ian Hamilton Finlay, Boyle Family, John Bellany, Ken Currie, Jenny Saville, Christine Borland, and Douglas Gordon (the latter winner of the prestigious Turner Prize in 1996). We will also draw in other iconic cultural moments such as the 1960s counter-culture movement, media treatment of violence, and the Irving Welsh novel/Danny Boyle film Trainspotting, Bill Douglas' film trilogy, My Childhood and Philippe Parreno/Douglas Gordon's Zidane (2006).
The work of each artist will be studied within the context of their historical and cultural period. This methodology will include reading a range of critical and philosophical theories of violence drawn from the writings of Nietzsche, Freud, Jung, Sartre, Levi-Strauss, Barthes, Laing, Trocchi, Baudrillard, and Zizek. See Key Writers on Art: The Twentieth Century, ed. Chris Murray (2003), The Penguin Dictionary of Critical Theory, ed. David Macey (2000) and Methods and Theories of Art History, Anne D'Alleva (2005). It is likely that some of the seminars will take place in the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art and other appropriate venues.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
||Other requirements|| None
|Additional Costs|| None
Course Delivery Information
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| Able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:
A number of artists, exhibitions and/or forms of post-war Scottish visual art within the context of their historical and cultural period.
A full range of key critical and philosophical theories from the 19thC to the present of relevance to Scottish post-war art.
The complex relationship between the work of major post-war Scottish visual artists and the development of modern and post-modern critical discourse
Analyse a complex body of Scottish and international material (particularly artworks, theoretical texts and the relationships between them) and highlighting significant features.
Synthesise evidence, arguments or ideas from different sources productively in a self-directed manner.
Reason critically and offer judgements based on argument that can be communicated effectively to specialist (tutors and peers) or non-specialist audiences.
Think independently and self-reflectively, sometimes making connections between familiar and new ideas or material.
Able to employ:
Visual Skills; including observation, description, interpretation, and presentation
Research Skills: including use of appropriate methods to locate primary and secondary sources and works of visual art, but also forming research questions and pursuing them autonomously.
Critical Skills: including selection of relevant material, and appraisal of other people's arguments on the basis of familiarity with source materials and current literature.
Writing Skills: including use of proper academic conventions, creating logical and structured narratives, and effective use of language to convey particular and general responses of readers or viewers to works of visual art, and to articulate complex conceptual issues and create frameworks for understanding them.
To work to briefs and deadlines; take responsibility for your own work; reflect on your own learning and performance and make constructive use of feedback.
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|Course organiser||Mr William Hare
|Course secretary||Miss Lizzie Robertson
Tel: (0131 6)51 5852