This course traces the development of the arts of Southeast Asia, from prehistoric pottery and bronzes through to contemporary art of the 21st century. Hindu and Buddhist inspired art and architecture, Animist artifacts and Islamic art and design are major themes. The course examines the cross-cultural interactions that have influenced artistic expression throughout the region and the integration of these outside influences into local visual culture. The Southeast Asian collections of the National Gallery of Australia are utilized extensively in this course.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
On successful completion of this course, students should be able to:
- recognize key attributes of Southeast Asian art and use these to identify Southeast Asian works of art,
- relate art objects and creation to their historical and contemporary milieu;
- use specific examples to evaluate theories of and approaches to Southeast Asian art,
- reflect on and discuss the ways in which meanings are communicated by Southeast Asian art;
- research, select and combine examples and integrate key textual and archival sources to develop and present, orally and in writing, your own perspectives on key themes in Southeast Asian art.
2 x Tutorial presentations each 10% (learning outcomes 1,3,4,5)
Tutorial paper 1000 words 10% (2,4,5)
Research essay 2000 words 30% (1,2,4,5)
800 words on-line forum object discussion 15% (1,3,4,5)
Visual paper 20% (1,4)
Participation 5% (4,5)
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Workload130 hours of total student learning time made up from: a) 30 hours of contact over 12 weeks: 18 hours of lectures and 12 hours of tutorials; and b) 100 hours of independent student research, reading and writing. Contact hours may include visits to major art institutions in Canberra.
Requisite and Incompatibility
Preliminary ReadingKerlogue, Fiona, Arts of Southeast Asia, London: Thames and Hudson, 2004
Maxwell, Robyn, Textiles of Southeast Asia, 2nd ed, Hongkong: Periplus, 2003
Roxas-Lim, Aurora, Southeast Asian art and culture: ideas, forms and societies, Jakarta: ASEAN, 2005
Christina Sumner and Milton Osborne, Arts of Southeast Asia, Sydney: Powerhouse Publishing, 2001.
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