- Department: History of Art
- Module co-ordinator: Dr. Lucy Whelan
- Credit value: 20 credits
- Credit level: I
- Academic year of delivery: 2023-24
This module investigates dematerialised practices from East- and Southeast Asia and Latin America, including political performance, participatory art, relational art, land art, or anti-art.
|Semester 1 2023-24
This module will explore the diverse histories of conceptualism that arose in the context of the geopolitical concerns triggered by the Cold War. The emergence of military regimes in the so-called Global South framed the eruption of artistic practices that were highly localised on the one hand, and that entered into dialogue with their European or North American counterparts on the other (some of which will be studied in this module). With a focus on dematerialised practices from East- and Southeast Asia and Latin America, including political performance, participatory art, relational art, land art, or anti-art, our aim is to gain an overview of a variety of narratives and accounts of conceptual art. We will consider works of art that challenge the border of art and non-art, with an emphasis on subversive practices intended to critique social and artistic infrastructures.
The module will develop a greater understanding of global conceptualism during the Cold War period by introducing students to performance, participatory, video, and land art and to the comparative study of conceptualism across the Americas, Asia and Europe. It will expose students to debates in past and recent literature about the interpretation of art and exhibitions in their global socio-political context and raise students' awareness of different methods for analysing works of art.
By the end of this module, the student should have the following:
a greater appreciation and richer understanding of art and politics in the 20th Century;
insight into different methods of art-historical investigation that have been used to analyse conceptual art in a global context;
some experience in textual analysis relevant to artworks and theoretical debates from this period;
an ability to demonstrate all these competencies through essays, a presentation, and class debates.
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