Contemporary art from various Asian contexts has attained a high level of international visibility during the past two decades. In part brought about by geopolitical developments, a major and continuing realignment of international exhibition rationales has seen the work of a number of Asian artists featured regularly in major biennial and triennial exhibitions around the world. This new visibility for non-western art is also related to the critique of Eurocentric, universalist ideologies that has influenced recent scholarship in the humanities and social sciences.
This course introduces students to a varied and exciting range of artistic practices from contemporary India, Indonesia, Japan and China. Students will also be offered an understanding of political, cultural and artistic contexts against which this work may be located. Questions of postcolonial politics, globalisation and nationalism will be addressed as part of the theoretical framework.
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 familiarity with major developments in contemporary visual art in Asia.
- Analyse significant works, the careers of individual artists and relevant cultural and political histories.
- Comprehend specific historical issues that underpin the development of contemporary art cultures in Asia.
- Understand significant theoretical frameworks and apply insights from these to chosen case studies.
- Present written and oral arguments that address material discussed in the course.
Annotated bibliography, 1000 words (25%) Learning Outcomes 1, 3, 4, 5
Essay, 2500 words (45%) Learning Outcomes 1-5
Tutorial presentation including submission of PowerPoint Slides/presentation notes, 8 minutes (20%) Learning Outcomes 2, 3, 5
Participation (10%) Learning Outcomes 1-4
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130 hours of total student learning time made up from:
a) 36 hours of contact: one 2 hour lecture and one 1 hour tutorial per week for 12 weeks (a total of 3 hours contact per teaching week)
b) 94 hours of independent student research, reading and writing
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