Course detail

Practical introduction to critical theory 2

FaVU-KRIT2Acad. year: 2019/2020

The seminar is focused on topics and methods of the critical theory. The texts for study represent selected theories of the second half of the 20th century, sharing their focus on critical analysis of society (psychoanalysis, feminist theory, poststructuralism, postcolonialism, queer theory and so on). The list of the topics includes such headings as ideology, technical rationality, commodity fetishism, the culture industry and so on. The course of the seminar derives from the introduction of a general framework and continues through the interpretation of particular problems up to the realization of a practical outcome. The central role in the working process of the seminar will be played by the discussion on reading materials, during which students will practice in critical thinking and explore possible application of the theoretical constructs in current conditions. The intervention of the teacher will be reduced to a commentary providing the students with a basic orientation in methods and historical contexts of the studied theories. In the next step the topic in question will be elaborated as a draft for an artistic or design project. The students will produce approximately five such drafts during the course of the semester and will consult them with the teacher and the other participant of the course. At the end of the semester one of these drafts will be selected for realization. In the best scenario the outcome of the seminar will be an exhibition of the artworks produced in this way.

Learning outcomes of the course unit

Art project that reflects on the topics discussed in seminars.

Prerequisites

General humanist overview, interest in current events in society, basic orientation in contemporary art.

Co-requisites

Not applicable.

Recommended optional programme components

Not applicable.

Recommended or required reading

Roland BARTHES, Mytologie, Praha: Dokořan 2004.
Michel FOUCAULT, „Subjekt a moc“, in: Helena BENDOVÁ – Matěj STRNAD, Společenské vědy a audiovize, Praha: NAMU 2015, s. 407–431.
Judith BUTLEROVÁ, „Subjekty pohlaví/genderu/touhy“, in: Helena BENDOVÁ – Matěj STRNAD, Společenské vědy a audiovize, Praha: NAMU 2015, s. 609–645.
Donna HARAWAYOVÁ, „Kyborgský manifest: Věda, technologie a socialistický feminismus“, in: Helena BENDOVÁ – Matěj STRNAD, Společenské vědy a audiovize, Praha: NAMU 2015, s. 545–577.
Arjuna APPADURAI et al., Postkoloniální myšlení IV, Praha: tranzit.cz 2014.
Robin MACKAY – Armen AVANESSIAN, #Accelerate#. The Accelerationist Reader, Falmouth: Urbanomic – Berlín: Merve 2014.

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

In the teaching process, the reading of theoretical texts will be combined with practical tasks. The students will read and discuss articles related to particular topics of the seminar. Subsequently they will respond to these topics in the framework of their specialization (an artwork, a design project and so on).

Assesment methods and criteria linked to learning outcomes

The seminar is evaluated with credits. The conditions for the completion of the course are attendance, active particiapation and the submission of the final project.

Language of instruction

Czech

Work placements

Not applicable.

Course curriculum

1. Discourse
2. Subject, desire and power
3. The dualisms: culture and nature, human and machine
4. Temporality: from postmodernity to contemporaneity
5. Negation vs affirmation: critical vs accelerationist strategy

Aims

The aim of the seminar is to mediate the problems and methods of the critical theory to students of artistic disciplines and to help them to reflect on these themes in their artistic practice.

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

Attendance compulsory (50 percent).

Classification of course in study plans

  • Programme VUM Master's

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

Type of course unit

 

Seminar

26 hours, compulsory

Teacher / Lecturer

eLearning