Course detail

Artists and Curators in Texts

FaVU-2ACTAcad. year: 2019/2020

Students will read and discuss selected texts by curators and artists reflecting the art scene; first part of the course will look at texts by historical avant gardes vs. conservative trends, the secon part will focus on the reflections by curators and artists on the institutional and political pressures that determine the undertataking of artistic projects.

Learning outcomes of the course unit

Tests, essays, discussions.

Prerequisites

Upper-Intermediate and higher levels of English are required.

Co-requisites

Not applicable.

Recommended optional programme components

Not applicable.

Recommended or required reading

H.U. Obrist. A Brief History of Curating (EN)
Ad Reinhardt. Art as Art (EN)
Robert Smithson. The Collected Writings. (EN)
Harrison and Wood. Art Theory 1900 - 2000. (EN)
Alan Kaprow. Essays on the Blurring of Art and Life. Jeff Kelley, ed. (EN)
Hito Steyerl. The Wretched of the Screen. (EN)
Carsten Schubert. Curator's Egg. (EN)
The Art School. Steven Henry Madoff (EN)
Peter Bürger: Theory of the Avant Garde (EN)

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

Seminar form. Each class: 1) written reflection of the assigned reading 2) group discussion of the text, contextualization.

Assesment methods and criteria linked to learning outcomes

Students will be assesed from discussing and writing short, in-class response papers about the assigned texts. Not having read those texts will count as an absence.

Language of instruction

English

Work placements

Not applicable.

Course curriculum

1. Art in Theory 1945 - 2000 (ed. by Charles Harrison): texts by Novembergruppe, Octobergruppe.
2. Art in Theory: Dadaism: Hugo Ball, Tristan Tzara, Georg Gross
3. Art in Theory: Sirioni, de Chirico - conservative, facist art
4. Art in Theory: Zhdanov and the doctrine of socialist realism
5. Art in Theory: Breton and Rivera
6. Brooklyn Rail: discussions on Dana Schutz's The Open Casket controversy (article by Brian Winkenweder).
7. Artalk: insights in Hungarian and Polish art scenes (Gergely Nagy, Adam Mazur).
8. The Art School (texts from the anthology: Ernesto Pujol, John Baldessari-Michael Craig Martin).
9. Who Is an Artist? Frank Bifo Berardi, Boris Buden
10. Adam Szimcik: Learning from Documenta
11. Hito Steyerl - The Wretched of the Screen (Is Museum a Factory?)
12. Karsten Schubert - Curators' Egg

Aims

The course will show students ways in which sophisticated theoretical reflection of artistic/curating practices can be done.

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

Two absences per semester are allowed

Classification of course in study plans

  • Programme VUM Master's

    branch VU-D , 1. year of study, winter semester, 4 credits, optional
    branch VU-D , 1. year of study, winter semester, 4 credits, optional
    branch VU-D , 1. year of study, winter semester, 4 credits, optional
    branch VU-VT , 1. year of study, winter semester, 4 credits, optional
    branch VU-VT , 1. year of study, winter semester, 4 credits, optional
    branch VU-VT , 1. year of study, winter semester, 4 credits, optional
    branch VU-VT , 1. year of study, winter semester, 4 credits, optional
    branch VU-VT , 1. year of study, winter semester, 4 credits, optional
    branch VU-VT , 1. year of study, winter semester, 4 credits, optional
    branch VU-IDT , 1. year of study, winter semester, 4 credits, optional
    branch VU-IDT , 1. year of study, winter semester, 4 credits, optional
    branch VU-IDT , 1. year of study, winter semester, 4 credits, optional
    branch VU-IDT , 1. year of study, winter semester, 4 credits, optional
    branch VU-IDT , 1. year of study, winter semester, 4 credits, optional
    branch VU-IDT , 1. year of study, winter semester, 4 credits, optional
    branch VU-IDT , 1. year of study, winter semester, 4 credits, optional
    branch VU-D , 2. year of study, winter semester, 4 credits, optional
    branch VU-D , 2. year of study, winter semester, 4 credits, optional
    branch VU-D , 2. year of study, winter semester, 4 credits, optional
    branch VU-VT , 2. year of study, winter semester, 4 credits, optional
    branch VU-VT , 2. year of study, winter semester, 4 credits, optional
    branch VU-VT , 2. year of study, winter semester, 4 credits, optional
    branch VU-VT , 2. year of study, winter semester, 4 credits, optional
    branch VU-VT , 2. year of study, winter semester, 4 credits, optional
    branch VU-VT , 2. year of study, winter semester, 4 credits, optional
    branch VU-IDT , 2. year of study, winter semester, 4 credits, optional
    branch VU-IDT , 2. year of study, winter semester, 4 credits, optional
    branch VU-IDT , 2. year of study, winter semester, 4 credits, optional
    branch VU-IDT , 2. year of study, winter semester, 4 credits, optional
    branch VU-IDT , 2. year of study, winter semester, 4 credits, optional
    branch VU-IDT , 2. year of study, winter semester, 4 credits, optional
    branch VU-IDT , 2. year of study, winter semester, 4 credits, optional

Type of course unit

 

Lecture

13 hours, optionally

Teacher / Lecturer

Seminar

13 hours, compulsory

Teacher / Lecturer

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