Currencies 2: Contemporary Focus on Historical Themes in Art

Course code AART3150Units 10Level 3000Faculty of Education and ArtsSchool of Creative Arts

Artists and art historians draw on a wide range of material and issues to interpret works of art and to draw inspiration for developing work in the studio. This course will focus on a different theme each time the course is presented and will investigate works of art under this theme across a wide range of cultures, historical periods and media, though always with a reflection back to opportunities and issues within contemporary practice.

The course will engage history and theory with practices across 2D, 3D and multi-media. Themes may include:
* The Gothic Sensibility: sex, death and the macabre (from the middle ages to cybergoth)
* Art, Food and Gastronomy: food cultures, gastronomy as aesthetic experience, style and distinction, ritual, the ‘vanitas’ tradition, from ‘hearth and home’ to ‘haute cuisine’.
* Cultural Action: art, politics, revolution, resistance and the social role of art.
* Indigenous art and cultural politics: with an emphasis on Australian and South Pacific Indigenous art, but including an investigation of Aboriginal/First nations art and politics world-wide.

Available in 2015

Callaghan CampusSemester 1
ObjectivesOn successful completion of this course students will:
1. Demonstrate knowledge of the historical precedents of current themes and debates in contemporary art and be able to meaningfully engage in current debates and discourse.
2. Be able to analyse and interpret historical and contemporary works of art from both western and non-western traditions in a thematic and reflexive framework rather than relying on chronological historiography alone.
3. Be able to apply knowledge of historical works of art to contemporary practice, including their own studio work.
4. Understand commonalities and differences in a range of historical and cultural aesthetic practices.
5. Utilise developed writing and research skills appropriate to a career in the visual arts.
ContentThemes may include:
* The Gothic Sensibility: sex, death and the macabre (from the middle ages to cybergoth)
* Art, Food and Gastronomy: food cultures, gastronomy as aesthetic experience, style and distinction, ritual, the ‘vanitas’ tradition, from ‘hearth and home’ to ‘haute cuisine’.
* Cultural Action: art, politics, revolution, resistance and the social role of art.
* Indigenous art and cultural politics: with an emphasis on Australian and South Pacific Indigenous art, but including an investigation of Aboriginal/First nations art and politics world-wide.

Themes will be rotated to engage contemporary issues.

Under the selected theme the course will address the history of the theme in fine art and associated visual culture. This will include identifying and analysing historical variations in artistic treatment, incorporating broader influences from social history and material culture, reinterpretations of ideas and beliefs, and how the material influences contemporary practice and discourse.
TransitionNA
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeCompletion of Critical Studies 1 and 2 advisable.
Modes of DeliveryInternal Mode
Teaching MethodsLecture
Tutorial
Assessment Items
Essays / Written AssignmentsAnalysis of theme in the historical context
Essays / Written AssignmentsAnalysis of themes in the 21st century context
JournalResearch development record
Contact HoursLecture: for 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Tutorial: for 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Timetables2015 Course Timetables for AART3150