Undergraduate Course: Memory Theatres: Sets, Installations, Exhibitions, and Curating with Time (DESI08013)
|School||Edinburgh College of Art
||College||College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 8 (Year 2 Undergraduate)
||Availability||Available to all students
|Summary||In this course, you will encounter a wide range of works of artworks, installations, performances, compositions, and forms of writing, all of which are ephemeral engagements with place, time, and memory.
Working in groups, you will work together in a very practical way to curate and interpret these works by conceiving, designing, and staging a temporary site specific set, installation, or exhibition inspired by, or about them.
In this process, you will not only be introduced to the works themselves, but will also learn some of the practical skills associated with curating, conceiving, and constructing places in space, time, and memory.
Buildings and objects are often imagined as fixed entities rather than things that evolve in time. However, in music and the performing arts, time has long been of the essence - it is always assumed that these works are ephemeral, subject to reinterpretation over time, evolution, and disappearance. In this course, you will be working both theoretically and practically to experiment with the conjunction between the material and the performing arts.
In this course, you will encounter a wide range of works of artworks, installations, performances, compositions, and writings, from the poetry of TS Eliot to the music of Alvin Lucier, all of which play games with concepts of place, time, and memory. This course will invite you to consider how the literary, spatial, material, and visual interacts with the transitory worlds of the acoustic and performed; and to experiment in a very practical way with the ways which they might be brought together.
Working largely in groups, you will work together to research and interpret selected works by conceiving, designing, and staging a temporary set, installation, or exhibition inspired by them. In this process, you will learn how to the practical skills associated with conceiving, and constructing temporary sets/exhibitions/installations. While the sets/exhibitions/installations themselves will be evaluated by and in groups, you will also be required to submit a reflective portfolio at the end of the course, which will be the object of individual assessment, evidencing the research, design, and construction process.
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|Additional Costs|| Materials
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On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Demonstrate a discerning understanding of core theories, principles, concepts and terminologies in relation to the theory of art, design, and music
- Demonstrate the ability to apply a range of professional skills and practices associated with the disciplines of set and exhibition design
- Demonstrate, through practice, an awareness of the roles and responsibilities of oneself and others when carrying out and evaluating tasks
|Bachelard, Gaston The Poetics of Space Beacon Press 1994|
Dernie, David Exhibition Design Laurence King 2006
Eliot, T.S. The Four Quartets Faber and Faber
Hollis, Edward The Memory Palace: a book of Lost Interiors Portobello Books 2013
Yates, Frances The Art of Memory Pimlico 1992
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
||Generic Cognitive skills: undertake critical analysis and synthesis of ideas, concepts, information and issues within the common understandings of design as a discipline
Communication skills: Convey complex information to a range of audiences and for a range of purposes
Autonomy and accountability: Demonstrate, through practice, an awareness of the roles and responsibilities of oneself and others when carrying out and evaluating tasks
||Since this course has a strong practical element, and will contain workshop inductions early on, no late enrolments will be possible.
|Course organiser||Mr Edward Hollis
|Course secretary||Mrs Gill Lowther