- Code ARTV2802
- Unit Value 6 units
- Offered by School of Art and Design
- ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
- Course subject Visual Arts
- Areas of interest Cultural Studies, Visual Arts, Film, Creative Arts, Arts
- Work Integrated Learning Fieldwork
- Academic career UGRD
- Mode of delivery In Person
- Co-taught Course
In this course we examine the politics of storytelling in contemporary art practice and the effects of different kinds of historiographic methods in a range of media, including video installation, documentary and public sculpture. Contemporary artists often engage in history making by questioning given formats and representational conventions, exposing their latent power and reworking them. The production of histories intimately entwines with the generation of possible futures and this course explores the political responsibility of artistic-historical narratives and their agency in transmitting and shaping the digestion of the stories they tell. Each student will undertake research into a specific (probably local) history, using methods from relevant disciplines, which could include ethnographic methods such as participant observation or transdisciplinary historiographic methods such as oral history, archival and textual research, but could also include Indigenous perspectives, archaeological methods such as surveying and excavating. Students will research the methods and media that are most appropriate to the history they are working on, and then educate themselves on how to go about using these methods and media within their capabilities and the resources available to them. The conceptual design and the realization of each of the students' projects will be informed by critical thinking and analysis of various contemporary art projects which engage in the politics of memory and their approach to formats including the visual essay, the voice-over, re-enactment, the edited interview, archival display, and the monument. Although the media students work with is dependent on the conceptual development of their projects, the course will include some technical instruction on video production, post-production and installation.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- use, create and discuss historiographic and decolonial methods for contemporary art practice;
- make artworks that critically engage with historical research;
- conduct research into transdisciplinary histories, historiography and art history and apply findings to creative production; and
- substantiate artistic outcomes with research and rationale.
Work Integrated Learning
Students will conduct fieldwork to learn more about local history, monuments, and other sites where a politics of memory may activate.
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. 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.
- Local History (20) [LO 1,2,3,4]
- Monument and Memorial (20) [LO 1,2,3,4]
- Counter-Memory (20) [LO 1,2,3,4]
- Live Action (20) [LO 1,2,3,4]
- Research Blog (20) [LO 1,3,4]
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Workload130 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.
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