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This subject will introduce students to the theory and practice of writing on contemporary art and the moving image. The distinct professional genres in which art writing is practised will be analysed as will the recent history of art theory. The subject will survey innovations and developments that have taken place in recent criticism, curatorship and critical writing, as well as discuss the theories, trends and shifts in current and future writing on art and the moving image. The goal of the subject is to develop the overlapping skills of active, critical reading combined with student understanding of critical theory and art.
Intended learning outcomes
On successful completion of this subject, students will:
- have an understanding of key issues in writing about contemporary art and the moving image, and writing about exhibitions of these;
- be able to conduct independent research using catalogued sources and bibliographical indexes;
- be equipped with the relevant skills and methods to distinguish the different models of writing on art and the moving image;
- have an overview of the history of recent writing about contemporary art and the moving image;
- understand the role of writing about contemporary art and the moving image in preparation for a career in the contemporary visual art industry;
- gain an understanding of the policies and practices of contemporary art and moving image publications;
- be able to understand the major theoretical and curatorial debates on contemporary art and the moving image, and be able to relate these to exhibitions in Australia; and
- gain a knowledge of the changing nature of critical writing.
At the completion of this subject, students should gain the following generic skills:
- be able to research through the competent use of the library and other information sources, and be able to define areas of inquiry and methods of research in the preparation of essays;
- be able to conceptualise theoretical problems, form judgments and arguments and communicate critically, creatively and theoretically through essay writing, tutorial discussion and presentations;
- be able to communicate knowledge intelligibly and economically through essay writing and tutorial discussion;
- be able to manage and organise workloads for recommended reading, the completion of essays and assignments and examination revision; and
- be able to participate in team work through involvement in syndicate groups and group discussions.
Last updated: 3 November 2022