FA2AS-Artist as… Models, Becomings, Encounters

Module Provider: Art
Number of credits: 20 [10 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Autumn term module
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Modules excluded:
Module version for: 2016/7

Module Convenor: Dr James Hellings

Email: j.hellings@reading.ac.uk

Summary module description:
There are many ways of becoming a contemporary artist, and this module introduces students to a number of such artistic becomings and encounters; (1) Artist as Revolutionary: Militants and Mythopoets, (2) Artist as Geographer: Situationists, Dandies and Flaneurs, (3) Artist as Shrink: Voyeurs and Peeping Toms, (4) Artist as Director: Social Practitioners and Participants, (5) Artist as Romantic Conceptualist: Amorous Analysts, (6) Artist as Ethnographer: Archivists and Anthropologists, (7) Artist as Producer: Relational Practitioners and Post-producers, (8) Artist as Artiste: Performers.

This module will examine influential artworks and movements in contemporary art practice through their encounters with critical ideas, curatorial models and intellectual standpoints. It will build upon the concepts and the critical terminology from the previous academic year, especially the modules; Modernisms and Mythologies, What is the Contemporary, and Medium, Media and Materials. The module aims to provide students with a more in-depth analysis of the dependence of specific artworks on particular theories, models and standpoints. The module will encourage students to critically reflect upon the theoretical and political contexts in which contemporary art is produced, distributed and received, and the diverse strategies, models and forms developed by artists in response. Students will be encouraged to develop their own areas of research interest within the ideas, models, becomings and encounters offered across the module, which will extend and develop their studio and written work.

Assessable learning outcomes:
By the end of the module it is expected that the student will be able to:
- demonstrate awareness and understanding of the diverse range of practices that constitute the field of contemporary art
- display the ability to work with theoretical ideas and apply them in an analysis of contemporary artworks
- demonstrate an awareness of current debates informing contemporary art practice
- structure an essay and develop a focused analysis that reflects an understanding of the ways in which a theory relates to an artwork or is used by an artist
- examine and appraise a broad range of research material including primary text, exhibitions, art journals, periodicals and web based sources
- organize and present a coherent written argument which understands the conventions of referencing and bibliography

Additional outcomes:
The module encourages students to build up knowledge of contemporary art practice and develop an understanding of the relationships that exist between this work and the art studied over the previous year of the course. The module enables students to develop a more in-depth awareness of contemporary art, which should be of use in other areas of the course. The module prepares students for the following modules: Aesthetic, Anti-Aesthetic; Affect, Aesthetics and the Event; among others. The module also encourages students to develop independent research skills including the use of IT.

Outline content:
The module is delivered through a series of extended lectures examining the diverse practices of contemporary art including relevant historical precedents, models and different ways of becoming an artist. The lectures will use a number of key texts and examine their use in relation to art practice. The module examines particular theoretical methodologies and artistic models, and considers the distinct ways in which these overlap with the production of art. The module tests these ideas through critical examination of contemporary art.

Global context:
The module introduces themes, models, methods and approaches prevalent within the international field of contemporary art. Through the module students are also made aware of the global context of biennials, fairs and international curatorial programmes.

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
The module will be delivered through a programme of extended lectures. The series will cover a number of key texts in detail and will examine the ways in which they inform the production, distribution and interpretation of contemporary art. Students are required to do preparatory reading and may be required to visit exhibitions. Students submit one essay and receive essay tutorials in the Autumn term.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 10
Tutorials 2
Guided independent study 188
Total hours by term 200.00
Total hours for module 200.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written assignment including essay 100

Other information on summative assessment:
Students are required to submit one 2000 word essay at the end of the term and a critical online blog. The essay will be counted for examination subject to scrutiny by a second internal examiner. The essay must be submitted in order to gain a pass.

Formative assessment methods:
Essay tutorials in advance of writing assignments accompany feedback tutorials that discuss your written feedback and help you plan future essays. This module also employs blog tools to pose questions and respond critically to the exhibitions and events encountered as part of the study visits in addition to supporting writing skills.

Penalties for late submission:
The Module Convenor will apply the following penalties for work submitted late, in accordance with the University policy.

  • where the piece of work is submitted up to one calendar week after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): 10% of the total marks available for the piece of work will be deducted from the mark for each working day (or part thereof) following the deadline up to a total of five working days;
  • where the piece of work is submitted more than five working days after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): a mark of zero will be recorded.

  • The University policy statement on penalties for late submission can be found at: http://www.reading.ac.uk/web/FILES/qualitysupport/penaltiesforlatesubmission.pdf
    You are strongly advised to ensure that coursework is submitted by the relevant deadline. You should note that it is advisable to submit work in an unfinished state rather than to fail to submit any work.

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    Requirements for a pass:
    The essay must be submitted in order to gain a pass and achieve a threshold performance.

    Reassessment arrangements:
    Submission of additional essay by August

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    Last updated: 21 December 2016

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