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Critical and Theoretical Studies 4 (FINA20032)

Undergraduate level 2Points: 12.5On Campus (Southbank)

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Year of offer2018
Subject levelUndergraduate Level 2
Subject codeFINA20032
Semester 2
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This subject deals with the most recent developments in art and culture in the twenty-first century. “The death of postmodernism,” declares the catalogue manifesto for the Tate Modern’s exhibition Altermodern, “is the starting point for…the present.” The course takes its orientation from this proposition: the displacement and disparagement of postmodernism over the past decades has provided for an upsurge of new artistic modes and aspirations. These include the participatory forms of relational art, and the return of hand-crafting, of new “object-oriented” and “unmonumental” art; and also the arts that have developed with the technological leaps of information processing, the internet and genetic engineering: bio-art, augmented and virtual reality, digital media aesthetics. The course critically considers how these various artistic practices emblematize our contemporary era.

Intended learning outcomes

To provide knowledge and understanding of significant and vital themes in contemporary art and culture from the turn of the twenty-first century to the present; and to do so through a lucid interpretation of specific works of art and of art criticism, in their historical contexts.

Generic skills

On completing this subject students will be able to demonstrate

• An ability to comprehend and apply methods and objectives of argument, in both verbal presentation and written expression.

• An ability to conduct relevant and coherent research investigation.

• An ability to express critical responses in peer reviewing circumstances and group discussion.

Last updated: 30 July 2019