• Offered by School of Art and Design
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Classification Transitional
  • Course subject Visual Arts
  • Areas of interest Visual Arts, Evolution and Ecology, Biology, Artifical Intelligence, Creative Arts

In response to the "super wicked" problems that we must respond to today like climate change, many contemporary art practices, alongside new materialist philosophy and recent research in the natural sciences complicate established ideas about the distinction between "nature" and "culture". In this course we will explore a posthuman understanding of artistic practice, appreciating and engaging with the activities and agency of materials, technologies and forces. Understanding the artist's role as one actor among others in the creation of a work, in this course we will explore how to bring the relations between different actors to the fore. The course will involve analysis of recent posthuman art projects and the development of projects that explore specific systems and relations, activating different media and materials. The course will incorporate technical instruction in bronze casting alongside 3D modelling and printing as a way to examine the agency and potential of two different technologies and materials of replication.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

  1. use, create and discuss posthumanist art practices that engage with materials and technologies as active agents;
  2. realise, document and present artworks that critically engage with posthumanist art practices and the specific materials and technologies used in the major project;
  3. conduct research into practices and discourses around posthumanist art practice and the specific materials and technologies used in the major project and apply findings to creative production; and
  4. analyse and substantiate artistic outcomes with research and rationale.

Other Information

School of Art & Design studio courses have a limited enrolment capacity. Students are advised to enrol as early as possible to maximise the opportunity of securing a place.

Indicative Assessment

  1. Contextualising research (20) [LO 1,3,4]
  2. Critical reflection, 1000 words (10) [LO 1,3,4]
  3. Project and developmental work made in response to research into posthumanist art practices and the active properties of materials and technologies (70) [LO 1,2,3,4]
  4. Assessment will be based on the Rubric for this course. Assessment includes periodic critique and review sessions that provide formative feedback on work in progress. (null) [LO null]

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130 hours of total student learning time made up from:
a) 48 hours of contact over 12 weeks comprising lectures, tutorials, critiques and supervised studio practice; and
b) 82 hours of independent student research, studio production, reading and writing.

Inherent Requirements

Not applicable

Requisite and Incompatibility

You are not able to enrol in this course if you have previously completed ARTV2821.

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Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

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6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2020 $3120
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2020 $4800
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Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
7518 25 Jul 2022 01 Aug 2022 31 Aug 2022 28 Oct 2022 In Person View

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