Undergraduate Course: Popular not Populist - Contemporary Art 'lost' in the mainstream (ARTX10056)
|School||Edinburgh College of Art
||College||College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 10 (Year 3 Undergraduate)
||Availability||Available to all students
|Summary||This course will examine attempts to make art more popular. It will look at the practices, theories and hopes that informed popular and demotic attempts, in for example 19th Realism, Pop, British art of the 90s, socially engaged practice, and more recent video and digital work. It will also explore the accompanying artistic, theoretical and political debates surrounding ideas about the popular - its contemporary and historical definitions, the politicisation of aesthetics and an examination of what popular aesthetics might look like today. First part of the course will be contextual, second half focusing on case studies and study trip.
This is a lecture- based course, with accompanying student-led seminars. Each lecture will be for one hour with a one hour seminar scheduled afterwards. Theories and definitions of the politics of popular aesthetics and culture will be examined and applied to popular histories of art from 19th realism to Pop to Yba, Philistines and Neo-conceptualism and beyond. Key practices, discourses and tactics will be explored across the lectures, through seminars and site visits, such as: Being Popular with the Public (relational aesthetics and the social turn); Digital Pop; Aesthetic journalism (popular video and film); and Art not art (giving up on art to be popular).
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
||Other requirements|| None
Information for Visiting Students
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On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Present evidence of a high level of scholary and artistic research via group seminars and your written submission.
- Critically analyse a range of textual and non-textual discourses concerning new problems and issues within the discipline of contemporary art.
- Demonstrate the ability to write, talk and visualise responses to contemporary art, in oral and written formats.
|Bishop, Claire, (2012). Artificial Hells: Participatory Art and the Politics of Spectatorship Verso |
Fisher, M (2009). Capitalist Realism. London: Zero Books.
Kocur, Zoya. & Leung, Simon (2013). Theory in Contemporary Art: from 1985 to the present, Blackwell publishing.
Steyerl, H, (2009), The Wretched of the Screen, Sternberg Press
Storey, John, (2015) , Cultural Theory and Popular Culture Paperback , Routledge
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
||CHARACTERISTIC 1: KNOWLEDGE AND UNDERSTANDING :
Demonstrating a critical, detailed and knowledge and understanding of intersectional theories and their relationship to contemporary art practice.
CHARACTERISTIC 2: PRACTICE: APPLIED KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND UNDERSTANDING
Knowledge and understanding that is generated through research that makes a significant contribution to the development of the students Visual Culture and studio based work.
CHARACTERISTIC 3: GENERIC COGNITIVE SKILLS
The ability to critically review, consolidate and extend knowledge, skills, practices and thinking in intersectional theory and practice to contemporary art practice.
|Course organiser||Mr John Beagles
Tel: (0131 6)51 5909
|Course secretary||Miss Ellie McCartney
Tel: (0131 6)51 5879