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This subject provides students with a critical encounter with current, contemporary art practice and theory, and speculates on the directions contemporary art may be taking. The course focuses on cultural developments that have been significant since postmodernism by examining prominent exhibitions and critical publications throughout this period. The course addresses and evaluates innovative as well as retroactive or revisionary artistic practices and theories that each characterises what has increasingly become collectively dubbed “the contemporary”.
Intended learning outcomes
Building on the skills acquired in the previous semester, students should be able to critically comprehend and discuss, in a lucid and persuasive manner, their responses to and interpretation of contemporary works of art and theory.
At the completion of the subject students should be able to:
• demonstrate capacities for artistic imagination, creativity, transformation and interpretation;
• demonstrate practical skills in respect of critical analysis, problem solving, report writing, and oral and written communication;
• demonstrate a flexible and innovative approach to the national and international challenges for the professional visual artist in the 21st century;
• work at various levels, both as an individual and as a team member, in a wide variety of visual artistic environments;
• demonstrate an open, independent and inquiring attitude towards contemporary cultural developments and new ideas;
• understand their relationship with and responsibility to their cultural environment and society.
Last updated: 6 December 2019