MA Contemporary Art Theory

MA Contemporary Art Theory

Re-imagining the Art School Since 2001

Themes in Contemporary Art //// Course Handbook //// Semester 1

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Themes in Contemporary Art 

Mondays, class meets in: R.02B, Hunter Building, Lauriston (link)

Wednesdays, class meets in: Lecture Theatre O17, Hunter Building, Lauriston (link)

All course communications via: MS Teams ‘Themes’ Channel (link)

Theme 1 Contemporaneity

Week 1

Pre-Theme Diagnostic (link) | A very short Mentimeter diagnostic to ascertain what you know (and don’t know) about the forthcoming theme. Add this to your Portfolio.

Results of the What is Contemporary? Pre-Theme Diagnostic

Resource List (link) for Contemporaneity: The Shape of Time

Monday 20th September 2021 | Neil Mulholland | R.02B, Hunter Building, Lauriston

10:00-11:30 Themes Course Induction

12:00-12:30 Introducing Class Assignment 1.A, Contemporaneity: The Shape of Time (link)

Audio Recording of the Induction

Wednesday 22nd September 2021 | Independent Study | Study Space Booked: Lecture Theatre O17, Hunter Building, Lauriston 

10:00-12:30 This time is set aside for CATs to work independently on Class Assignment 1.A, Contemporaneity: The Shape of Time (link) Please work in the Lecture Theatre O17, Hunter Building, Lauriston where you can work exclusively alongside yours peers (CATs) and use the data projector if you wish to rehearse.

Week 2

Resource List (link) for Presentism & Contemporary Art Theory

Monday 27th September 2021 | Neil Mulholland | R.02B, Hunter Building, Lauriston

10:00-11:30 Group Crit of Class Assignment 1.A (link)

12:00-12:30 Introducing Class Assignment 1.B, Presentism & Contemporary Art Theory (link)

Mapping – how to create a map of research

Wednesday 29th September 2021 | Neil Mulholland | Lecture Theatre O17, Hunter Building, Lauriston

10:00-12:30 Group Crit of Class Assignment 1.B (link) | Glossary of Terms

Now that you have had some feedback on your Keywords, you might  share them with your peers. You can do this in the Glossary of Terms we created in Teams. Each Keyword can be posted there with your text. If we want to return to any of the keywords later in the programme, we will then know where to find them!

9:00 – 4th October 10:00  Post-Theme Diagnostic (link) | A short online diagnostic to ascertain what you have (and have not) learned so far about this theme. This opens at 9am on the 29th Sept 2021 and closes on the 4th October at 10am.

Remember to download your answers and add them to your Portfolio (your personal feedback on this is also available in MS Teams Chat).

Tuesday 5th October Post-Theme 1 Diagnostic | Tutor Feedback (link)

Neil Mulholland’s  feedback for the whole class (CATs) based on the Post-Theme 1 Diagnostics. This feedback attempts to address tropes and issues raised.

Theme 2: Making a Scene: Anticipatory Artworlds

Week 3 Sprint

Pre-Diagnostic 1 | Pre-Diagnostic 2 A short pair of online diagnostics to ascertain what you know (and don’t know) about the forthcoming theme. Add this to your Portfolio.

Resource List (link) for Making a Scene

Monday 4th October | Day One – It Matters What Matter we use to Matter our Worlds |Jake Watts | R.02B, Hunter Building, Lauriston

10:00-10:30 Introduction to sprint theme

10:30-12:30 Fool Me, Fool Me Workshop

Wednesday  6th October | Day Two – Class Assignment | Study Space Booked Lecture Theatre O17, Hunter Building, Lauriston

Please individually engage with this week’s classwork before meeting on the 6th

10:00-10:30 Screen ‘Powers of Ten’ (Eames, 1977)

10:30-11:30 Bashos meet to discuss the mandatory reading and their bespoke reading.

11:30-12:30 Jigsaw Groups – All bashos meets in a jigsaw formation to pool and share the research they conducted on individually and discussed in their bashos.

Please work in the Lecture Theatre O17, Hunter Building, Lauriston where you can work exclusively alongside yours peers (CATs) the lecture theatre projector will be used to screen ‘Playtime’ by Jaques Tati (1967).

Week 4

Monday 11th October | Jake Watts | R.02B, Hunter Building, Lauriston

10:00-11:00 Group Critique of resources from class assignment

11:00-12:00 Artworld Prompts – Making and Being Workshop#1

12:00-12:30 Introduction to Class Assignment 4.3

 

Between Monday & Wednesday’s Sprint sessions, please engage with the 4.3 Class Assignment

 

Wednesday 13th October | Jake Watts | Lecture Theatre O17, Hunter Building, Lauriston

10:00-12:30 Artworld Plotting – Making & Being Workshop #2

Post-Theme Diagnostic | A short online diagnostic to ascertain what you have (and have not) learned so far about this theme. Add this to your Portfolio.


Portfolio Work

Week 5

This week you will develop your Portfolio.

Your Portfolio is an ongoing account of your learning that documents and clearly presents how you approached each of the short Class Assignments that have taken place over Weeks 1-4. Your Portfolio should also demonstrate further engagement with at least one of the two themes that you have explored so far.

At the end of this week you present (‘turn-in’) your Portfolio work for peer review. Peer review – as a firm of swarming – will take place online during Week 6.


Theme 3: “Weird Studies”?

The Weird Studies learning sprint has a page of its own.

The generic timetable for Week 6 and 7 follows, but remember to follow the detailed Weird Studies sprint link (link). Please follow this link.

Resource List (link) for Weird Studies? | Weird Tales, New Weird, Weirding, Weirdness Coefficient, Quantum Weirdness, Spooky Action, Hauntology, Esotericism, Misc.

Week 6

Pre-Theme Diagnostic | A short online diagnostic to ascertain what you know (and don’t know) about the forthcoming theme of “weird studies”. Add this to your Portfolio.

10:00-12:30 Monday 25th October| Neil Mulholland et al | R.02B, Hunter Building, Lauriston

Follow this link for full info on what’s happening today (link)

10:00-12:30 Wednesday 27th October | Study Space Booked Lecture Theatre O17, Hunter Building, Lauriston 

Follow this link for full info on what’s happening today (link) This time is set aside for CATs to work in their Basho on Class Assignment 3.A

Week 7

10:00-12:30 Monday 1st November | Neil Mulholland | R.02B, Hunter Building, Lauriston

Follow this link for full info on what’s happening today (link)

10:00-12:30 Wednesday 3rd November | Neil Mulholland | Lecture Theatre O17, Hunter Building, Lauriston 

Follow this link for full info on what’s happening today (link)

Post-Theme Diagnostic | A short online diagnostic to ascertain what you have (and have not) learned so far about “weird studies”, counter-knowledge, so-called ‘so-called psuedo-research’, and misc. Add this to your Portfolio.


Theme 4: Play

Resource List (Link) for Play Sprint

Week 8

Monday | Jake Watts | R.02B, Hunter Building, Lauriston

10:00-12:30 Follow this link for full info on what’s happening today (link)

Wednesday | Independent Study | Study Space Booked Lecture Theatre O17, Hunter Building, Lauriston 

In preparation for this session please follow this link for info on what resources you need to engage with prior to our session together.

10:00-12:30

Week 9

Monday | Jake Watts | R.02B, Hunter Building, Lauriston

10:00-12:30 Redux, Remix and Register

Please Follow this link for a breakdown of today’s Sprint Session.

Wednesday | Jake Watts | Lecture Theatre O17, Hunter Building, Lauriston 

This time is set aside for CATs to work independently on TBC. Please work in the Lecture Theatre O17, Hunter Building, Lauriston where you can work exclusively alongside yours peers (CATs) and use the data projector if you wish to rehearse.

Post-Theme Diagnostic | A short online diagnostic to ascertain what you have (and have not) learned so far about this theme. Add this to your Portfolio.

Weeks 10-13

Over the final weeks of the Semester you complete a full Project Book to submit. The Project Book consists of two components:

a. A Portfolio that documents and clearly presents how you approached each of the short Class Assignments that have taken place over the duration of the course. Your Portfolio is presented in your own University WordPress (must be created via LEARN > Portfolio (WordPress Student Tool).

b. A body of Art Criticism related to Theme 1 or Theme 2 or Theme 3.

This must take the form of an art magazine feature article (you must identify which magazine you are using as your template). The feature article must demonstrate further engagement with Theme 1,2, 3 or 4. This feature must be illustrated, copy-edited, and appropriately designed. Please ensure that the main body of this text does not exceed 2,500 words. The word limit does not include footnotes, bibliography or Figs. You must submit this to LEARN Turnitin

Week 13 Summative Submission of Project Book

15th December by 3:00pm

Submit your Project Book to LEARN.

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