This course will discuss objects and the relationship of people to objects. It will examine key moments in the history of objects over the past two centuries, with an emphasis on the post-war period and the current moment. Starting from motions of the object motivated by and motivating particular modern and contemporary art and craft practices, the course will examine the production, consumption and distribution of objects, and the ways in which they have been collected, categorised and otherwise deployed to produce meaning.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:Upon successful completion of this course, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- Demonstrate knowledge of important theoretical and historical frameworks for interpreting objects in visual art discourse.
- Apply relevant theoretical and historical frameworks for interpreting objects to contemporary visual art discourse.
- Present written and oral arguments about theories of objects and their relationship with visual culture.
- Compare and evaluate important theoretical and historical frameworks for interpreting objects in visual arts discourse.
Indicative AssessmentOral Presentation, 15 minutes, and comprehensive notes (30%) Learning Outcomes 1-3
Essay, 4,500 words (60%) Learning Outcomes 1-4
Participation (10%) Learning Outcomes 1-4
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Workload130 hours of total student learning time made up from: a) 36 hours of contact over 12 weeks: 24 hours of lectures and 12 hours of tutorials; and b) 94 hours of independent student research, reading and writing.
Requisite and Incompatibility
Preliminary ReadingAppadurai, A., 'Introduction: commodities and the politics of value', In A. Appadurai, (ed), The social life of things: commodities in cultural perspective, Cambridge U. P., 1986.
Course readings will be available on the Watt
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