Course detail

The Antropology of Art

FaVU-2AU-LAcad. year: 2019/2020

The course will analyze Western conceptions and understanding of "primal" art and art of other cultures. We will focus on the various interpretation approaches of these kinds of art, which leads to the crucial question: what IS art? The course also deals with visual theory, symbolic representations, the relationship of ritual to psychoalanylsis. Particular examples are taken from prehistorical and tribal art.

Learning outcomes of the course unit

Students will get oriented in the manifestations of "primal" art and art of other cultures as the continuous source of inspiration.

Prerequisites

General cultural knowledge.

Co-requisites

Not applicable.

Recommended optional programme components

Not applicable.

Recommended or required reading

Anati E. (2003): Aux origines de l´art. Fayard. (FR)
Coote J. and Shelton A. (ed) (1994): Anthropology, Art and Aesthetics. Cambridge. (EN)
Conkey Margaret W., Soffer Olga, Stratmann D., Jablonski N. G. (éd.): Beyont Art: Pleistocene Image and Symbol. University of California Press. (EN)
Fraser D. (1962): Primitive Art. New York. (EN)
Jelínek J. (1977): Velký obrazový atlas pravěkého člověka. Praha, Artia. (CS)
Layton R. (1991): The Anthropology of Art. Cambridge. (EN)
Lévi-Strauss C. (1996): Myšlení přírodních národů. Praha. Dauphin. (CS)
Lorblanchet M. (1999): La naissance de l’art. Editions Errance. (FR)
Marshack (1972): The Roots of Civilisation. McGraw-Hill Book Company. (EN)
Ucko P. J. and Rosenfeld A. (1967): Paleolithic Cave Art. London. (EN)

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

Teaching methods depend on the type of course unit as specified in the article 7 of BUT Rules for Studies and Examinations .

Assesment methods and criteria linked to learning outcomes

Exam

Language of instruction

Czech

Work placements

Not applicable.

Course curriculum

1. A notion of art and introduction of the main topic of discussion: what is art?
2. Anthropology and art – context, approaches
3. Notions „primal“, pre-historic and „primitive“ art, tribal art, pre-literary societies art, art of „other cultures“, further as PA
4. Visual culture, notion of object
5. Types of PA, materials and technologies used for its production, levels of preservation
6. Methods of analysing PA – theory
7. Methods of analysing PA – praxis
8. History of interpreting PA
9. PA as a source of inspiration throughout the history of art
10. Origins of visual culture, related to discussion the topic „what is art?“
11. Symbolic systems, visual communication
12. PA and ritual, PA and psychoanalysis

Aims

Students will get familiar with prehistoric and tribal art. The discussion should help at least partially answer the question, what IS art?

Specification of controlled education, way of implementation and compensation for absences

Lectures are optional.

Classification of course in study plans

  • Programme VUM Master's

    branch VU-D , 1. year of study, winter semester, 3 credits, elective
    branch VU-D , 1. year of study, winter semester, 3 credits, elective
    branch VU-D , 1. year of study, winter semester, 3 credits, elective
    branch VU-VT , 1. year of study, winter semester, 3 credits, elective
    branch VU-VT , 1. year of study, winter semester, 3 credits, elective
    branch VU-VT , 1. year of study, winter semester, 3 credits, elective
    branch VU-VT , 1. year of study, winter semester, 3 credits, elective
    branch VU-VT , 1. year of study, winter semester, 3 credits, elective
    branch VU-VT , 1. year of study, winter semester, 3 credits, elective
    branch VU-IDT , 1. year of study, winter semester, 3 credits, elective
    branch VU-IDT , 1. year of study, winter semester, 3 credits, elective
    branch VU-IDT , 1. year of study, winter semester, 3 credits, elective
    branch VU-IDT , 1. year of study, winter semester, 3 credits, elective
    branch VU-IDT , 1. year of study, winter semester, 3 credits, elective
    branch VU-IDT , 1. year of study, winter semester, 3 credits, elective
    branch VU-IDT , 1. year of study, winter semester, 3 credits, elective
    branch VU-D , 2. year of study, winter semester, 3 credits, elective
    branch VU-D , 2. year of study, winter semester, 3 credits, elective
    branch VU-D , 2. year of study, winter semester, 3 credits, elective
    branch VU-VT , 2. year of study, winter semester, 3 credits, elective
    branch VU-VT , 2. year of study, winter semester, 3 credits, elective
    branch VU-VT , 2. year of study, winter semester, 3 credits, elective
    branch VU-VT , 2. year of study, winter semester, 3 credits, elective
    branch VU-VT , 2. year of study, winter semester, 3 credits, elective
    branch VU-VT , 2. year of study, winter semester, 3 credits, elective
    branch VU-IDT , 2. year of study, winter semester, 3 credits, elective
    branch VU-IDT , 2. year of study, winter semester, 3 credits, elective
    branch VU-IDT , 2. year of study, winter semester, 3 credits, elective
    branch VU-IDT , 2. year of study, winter semester, 3 credits, elective
    branch VU-IDT , 2. year of study, winter semester, 3 credits, elective
    branch VU-IDT , 2. year of study, winter semester, 3 credits, elective
    branch VU-IDT , 2. year of study, winter semester, 3 credits, elective

Type of course unit

 

Lecture

54 hours, optionally

Teacher / Lecturer

eLearning