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Undergraduate Course: Exhibiting at Large as Contemporary Artists (ARTX10066)

Course Outline
SchoolEdinburgh College of Art CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 3 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryOn this course we investigate how art crosses or spans contexts. Together we explore how the 'contemporaneity' of contemporary art has been invoked around the world, while asking how it resonates now. We examine how the circumstances in which an artwork meets its public - the particular curatorial, institutional and geopolitical setting for a given exposure, for example - may inflect interpretation of that artwork.
Course description Major exhibitions or curated projects initiated in different places around the world have variously convened a shared present across distance through art. We will reflect on the implications for selected artworks at the moment of public engagement: how do these conjure with or disrupt the idea of international, cross-cultural, global, planetary - or another understanding of - contemporaneity?
On this course we will discuss the "extreme internationalism" of Conceptual art shows since the late 1960s, and the "global contemporary" framing of survey exhibitions - notably art biennials - since the late 1980s. We will consider the roles played by concepts such as national representation, multiculturalism and anti-imperial nationalism. We will analyse how numerous factors - for example: artist networks, curatorial agency, installation serendipity, national backing, educational experience and cultural identity - may affect visibility, especially when exhibiting "at large" rather than "at home" (however many places may be counted as "home"). Visibility afar, or critical engagement in a distant locality, will be prioritised above successful commercial access to new art markets, when thinking about exhibiting abroad.
The seminar format will encourage your active participation, drawing on what we each bring to the classroom as contemporaries. Teaching will be delivered through short lectures and class discussion, as led by the course organiser. You will be expected to prepare for each seminar by consulting materials recommended in advance and undertaking independent research, as directed, with group discussion in mind. Visiting exhibitions will inform our studies together.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2023/24, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  24
Course Start Semester 1
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 8, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 8, External Visit Hours 2, Feedback/Feedforward Hours 1, Formative Assessment Hours 1, Summative Assessment Hours 1, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 175 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Formative assessment:
Essay plan, max 1000 words;
submitted via Learn mid-semester, approximately week 6;
(0%) - feedback/feedforward given based on Learning Outcomes 1 (research), 2 (analysis), and 3 (communication).

Summative assessment:
Essay, 3000-4000 words;
submitted via Learn towards end of the semester, approximately Week 12;
(100%) - assessment based on Learning Outcomes 1 (research), 2 (analysis), and 3 (communication).
Learning Outcomes will be equally weighted.
Feedback Formative assignment:
written feedback via Learn in 15 working days of submission;
feedback/feedforward group tutorials;
based on Learning Outcomes 1, 2, and 3.

Summative assignment:
written feedback and grades via Learn in 15 working days of submission;
based on Learning Outcomes 1, 2, and 3.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Present evidence of a high level of independent, scholarly research.
  2. Critically analyse a range of textual and non-textual sources concerning art exhibitions in a variety of contexts.
  3. Articulate how exhibitions operate for contemporary art, clearly presenting responses that are imaginative, rigorous and nuanced.
Reading List
Choy, Bo; Esche, Charles; Morris, David and Steeds, Lucy (ed.), (2021) Art and Its Worlds: Exhibitions, Institutions and Art Becoming Public, Afterall

Gardner, Anthony and Green, Christopher (2016) Biennials, Triennials and documenta: The Exhibitions that Created Contemporary Art, Wiley-Blackwell

Teh, David (2017) Thai Art: Currencies of the Contemporary, The MIT Press

Nasar, Hammad and Turner, Sarah Victoria (ed.), British Art Studies, no. 13, September 2019, special issue: 'London, Asia: Exhibitions, Histories'
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills A detailed knowledge and critical understanding of what exhibiting art across contexts may involve, including shows that lead the field for contemporary art.

Independent research capability, with regards to how particular exhibitions shape the reception of contemporary art.

Formal and informal communication skills, presenting on particular exhibitions effectively to informed audiences.
KeywordsContemporary art exhibitions,cross-cultural practice,globalisation
Course organiserDr Lucy Steeds
Course secretaryMiss Hannah Morrison
Tel: (0131 6)51 5763
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