Course detail

The Purose Of Art Now?

FaVU-1POA-ZAcad. year: 2019/2020

The course focuses on contemporary philosophy of art, connecting it with the theory of mass media, sociology, and aesthetics. First half of the course will focus on the writings of Jean Baudrillard and Paul Virilio (Baudrillard's theory of simulacra and his version of the critique of post-modern culture nad society, Virilio's critique of war apparatus, speed, cyberculture, etc...). We will also look at the role of art in contemporary society, ask to what extent this role is essential or replacable, and look at various theoreticians who provide different, often opposing answers. We will also look into the issue of ethics in art. The sole concept of art presuposes that all art is authomatically ethical, but the aim of this course is to look at ethical contradictions in artworks and art strategies. One book or author will be discussed each lesson, so it is vital that students will read actively the assigned bibliography.

Learning outcomes of the course unit

Tests from the reading assignments, discussion in the seminar.

Prerequisites

Students either have to a] have had a credit from English-Upper Intermediate Lower course held at FaVU or b] have the FCE, CAE, or TOEFL certificate or c] have a short interview with the course teacher Barbora LUngová who will assess whether the student is fluent enough in English to be able to actively participate on the course.

Co-requisites

Not applicable.

Recommended optional programme components

Not applicable.

Recommended or required reading

Sholette, Gregory. Dark Matter.
Enqist, Anika, et al. Work, work, work. A Reader on Art and Labor
Efland, A. D. A History of Art Education.
Heiser, Jörg. All Of Sudden.
Becker, H. Art Worlds.
Alpers, S. Rembrandt's Enterprise.
Zorloni, A. The Economy of Contemporary Art Market.
McAndrew, C. Fine Art and High Finance.

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

Seminar form: each class, students will write a test (or reflection) of the assigned reading (45 mins) and will discuss the text in group with the teacher (45 mins).

Assesment methods and criteria linked to learning outcomes

Students will be assessed on continuous basis (tests from the reading).

Language of instruction

English

Work placements

Not applicable.

Course curriculum

Paul Virilio:
- Art and Fear.
- Art As Far as the Eye Can See
- Speed and Politics
- Vision Machine
Jean Baudrillard: - Consumer Culture
- Symbolic Exchange and Death
- Art and Artefact
Hans Belting: Konec dějin umění/(The End of Art History)
Arthur C. Danto: After the End of Art
Georges Duby: Věk katedrál/(The Age of Catedrals)
Jullian Stallabras: High Art Lite: The Rise and Fall of Young British Art.
John Berger: Jak se dívat na obrazy/ (Ways of Seeing)

Aims

Students will enhance their critical and analytical ability in dealing with the issues of the role of art in contemporary society, its relationshio to the institutions, the art market, etc. They will improve both their written and oral argumentative skills - IN ENGLISH, as the whole course is held in English.

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

Students are allowed two absences per semester.

Classification of course in study plans

  • Programme VUB Bachelor's

    branch VU-D , 1. year of study, summer semester, 4 credits, optional
    branch VU-D , 1. year of study, summer semester, 4 credits, optional
    branch VU-D , 1. year of study, summer semester, 4 credits, optional
    branch VU-VT , 1. year of study, summer semester, 4 credits, optional
    branch VU-VT , 1. year of study, summer semester, 4 credits, optional
    branch VU-VT , 1. year of study, summer semester, 4 credits, optional
    branch VU-VT , 1. year of study, summer semester, 4 credits, optional
    branch VU-VT , 1. year of study, summer semester, 4 credits, optional
    branch VU-VT , 1. year of study, summer semester, 4 credits, optional
    branch VU-IDT , 1. year of study, summer semester, 4 credits, optional
    branch VU-IDT , 1. year of study, summer semester, 4 credits, optional
    branch VU-IDT , 1. year of study, summer semester, 4 credits, optional
    branch VU-IDT , 1. year of study, summer semester, 4 credits, optional
    branch VU-IDT , 1. year of study, summer semester, 4 credits, optional
    branch VU-IDT , 1. year of study, summer semester, 4 credits, optional
    branch VU-IDT , 1. year of study, summer semester, 4 credits, optional
    branch VU-D , 2. year of study, summer semester, 4 credits, optional
    branch VU-D , 2. year of study, summer semester, 4 credits, optional
    branch VU-D , 2. year of study, summer semester, 4 credits, optional
    branch VU-VT , 2. year of study, summer semester, 4 credits, optional
    branch VU-VT , 2. year of study, summer semester, 4 credits, optional
    branch VU-VT , 2. year of study, summer semester, 4 credits, optional
    branch VU-VT , 2. year of study, summer semester, 4 credits, optional
    branch VU-VT , 2. year of study, summer semester, 4 credits, optional
    branch VU-VT , 2. year of study, summer semester, 4 credits, optional
    branch VU-IDT , 2. year of study, summer semester, 4 credits, optional
    branch VU-IDT , 2. year of study, summer semester, 4 credits, optional
    branch VU-IDT , 2. year of study, summer semester, 4 credits, optional
    branch VU-IDT , 2. year of study, summer semester, 4 credits, optional
    branch VU-IDT , 2. year of study, summer semester, 4 credits, optional
    branch VU-IDT , 2. year of study, summer semester, 4 credits, optional
    branch VU-IDT , 2. year of study, summer semester, 4 credits, optional
    branch VU-D , 3. year of study, summer semester, 4 credits, optional
    branch VU-D , 3. year of study, summer semester, 4 credits, optional
    branch VU-D , 3. year of study, summer semester, 4 credits, optional
    branch VU-VT , 3. year of study, summer semester, 4 credits, optional
    branch VU-VT , 3. year of study, summer semester, 4 credits, optional
    branch VU-VT , 3. year of study, summer semester, 4 credits, optional
    branch VU-VT , 3. year of study, summer semester, 4 credits, optional
    branch VU-VT , 3. year of study, summer semester, 4 credits, optional
    branch VU-VT , 3. year of study, summer semester, 4 credits, optional
    branch VU-IDT , 3. year of study, summer semester, 4 credits, optional
    branch VU-IDT , 3. year of study, summer semester, 4 credits, optional
    branch VU-IDT , 3. year of study, summer semester, 4 credits, optional
    branch VU-IDT , 3. year of study, summer semester, 4 credits, optional
    branch VU-IDT , 3. year of study, summer semester, 4 credits, optional
    branch VU-IDT , 3. year of study, summer semester, 4 credits, optional
    branch VU-IDT , 3. year of study, summer semester, 4 credits, optional
    branch VU-D , 4. year of study, summer semester, 4 credits, optional
    branch VU-D , 4. year of study, summer semester, 4 credits, optional
    branch VU-D , 4. year of study, summer semester, 4 credits, optional
    branch VU-VT , 4. year of study, summer semester, 4 credits, optional
    branch VU-VT , 4. year of study, summer semester, 4 credits, optional
    branch VU-VT , 4. year of study, summer semester, 4 credits, optional
    branch VU-VT , 4. year of study, summer semester, 4 credits, optional
    branch VU-VT , 4. year of study, summer semester, 4 credits, optional
    branch VU-VT , 4. year of study, summer semester, 4 credits, optional
    branch VU-IDT , 4. year of study, summer semester, 4 credits, optional
    branch VU-IDT , 4. year of study, summer semester, 4 credits, optional
    branch VU-IDT , 4. year of study, summer semester, 4 credits, optional
    branch VU-IDT , 4. year of study, summer semester, 4 credits, optional
    branch VU-IDT , 4. year of study, summer semester, 4 credits, optional
    branch VU-IDT , 4. year of study, summer semester, 4 credits, optional
    branch VU-IDT , 4. year of study, summer semester, 4 credits, optional

Type of course unit

 

Seminar

26 hours, compulsory

Teacher / Lecturer

eLearning