• 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, Gender Studies, Visual Arts, Creative Arts, Arts
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Sarah Rodigari
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Co-taught Course
  • Offered in Second Semester 2024
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In this course we explore the genealogy of contemporary art practices that involve bodies and choreographies. This entails an examination of the history of performance art practices as well as traditional figurative representation using decolonial, feminist and post-humanist critical methods. This course will include practical and theoretical transdisciplinary research and experimentation with this genealogy through the unlikely combination of figure modelling together with postmodern dance. Students will form their own artistic projects as well as work collaboratively, using media and resources that resonate with their conceptual interests. These projects will be developed in relation to key international discourses around the politics of bodies in contemporary art. Each project will form a position with regard to specific representational conventions from within this genealogy and/or current methods that are used to performatively engage with bodies across contemporary art situations and global identities.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. use, create and discuss decolonial, feminist and/or post-humanist critical methods for engaging with bodies and choreographies in contemporary art practice;
  2. identify and review practices and discourses that involve bodies and choreographies in art practice and/or other fields;
  3. apply findings from document review to creative production;
  4. make independent and collaborative artworks that critically respond to and engage with genealogy of bodies and choreographies; and
  5. substantiate their artistic outcomes with evidence 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. Creative Project and presentation, work made in response to critical refection on the theme of Portraiture (20) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
  2. Creative Project and presentation, work made in response to critical refection on the theme of The Model (20) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
  3. Creative Project and presentation, work made in response to critical refection on the theme of Embodiment (20) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
  4. Creative Project and presentation, collaborative work made in response to critical refection on the theme of Choreography (20) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
  5. Reflective blog addressing course themes, readings and materials (20) [LO 1,2,3]

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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.

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have completed 24 units of courses towards an ANU degree. You are not able to enrol in this course if you have previously completed ARTV6810.

Prescribed Texts

Not applicable

Preliminary Reading

See Wattle


Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

Commonwealth Support (CSP) Students
If you have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). More information about your student contribution amount for each course at Fees

Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

If you are a domestic graduate coursework student with a Domestic Tuition Fee (DTF) place or international student you will be required to pay course tuition fees (see below). Course tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

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6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2024 $3780
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2024 $5280
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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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
8821 22 Jul 2024 29 Jul 2024 31 Aug 2024 25 Oct 2024 In Person N/A

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