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This subject explores the connections between the evolution of exhibition practices of still and moving images, focusing on the work of Alfred Hitchcock as a case study. Hitchcock's films have been influenced by artists such as Sickert, Klee, Margritte, de Chirico and Dali and have also exerted a powerful influence on contemporary artists and filmmakers such as Stan Douglas, Douglas Gordon, Cindy Sherman and Chris Marker. Recently, a number of international exhibitions have documented the receptiveness of Hitchcock's films to the literary and visual arts of his time - from Pre-Raphaelite and Symbolist paintings to the writings of Edgar Allen Poe, German expressionism, surrealism and modernism. This subject seeks to establish Hitchcock's place in art history as well as within the film canon and to contextualise the Hitchcockian oeuvre both historically and aesthetically. It also explores the roles of film and art in the history of modernity. It interrogates the practice of exhibition - from silent film, through to developments with 3D and wide screen technologies (Vista Vision), to the remediation of Hitchcock's images in new media and popular culture.
Intended learning outcomes
On successful completion of this subject, students should be able to:
- develop a detailed understanding of visual cultures and the way in which a popular art form such as film can encompass, and inspire, other artistic movements and art forms such as literature, painting, photography and video installations;
- creat an understanding of the development of exhibition for still and moving images and an appreciation of the aesthetic elements of the Hitchcockian oeuvre;
- explore and critically evaluate the part played by the cinema in history of modernity and the former's receptiveness to the visual arts of the time; and
- explore the way in which issues of gender, ethnicity and sexuality have shaped Hitchcock's oeuvre.
At the completion of this subject, students should gain the following generic skills:
- skills in research;
- possess advanced skills of critical thinking and analysis;
- possess an ability to communicate knowledge intelligibly, economically and effectively; and
- have an understanding of social, ethical and cultural context.
Last updated: 11 February 2021