Art Worlds. Exploring current practices and debates in art and literature
Full course description
More than any other human practice, the arts have been associated with bringing the new into the world. Yet, individual works of art are created in relation to the tradition. How artists reiterate previous art works, and how their work is related to broader historical and cultural contexts, is a central theme in this course. In addition, art practices are studied in relation to other societal practices, such as scientific research, politics, and design. We conceive of contemporary art worlds as being fundamentally heterogeneous, multidisciplinary, and including a broad range of actors and audiences. Art works are nowadays often created in transdisciplinary academic, social, and economic settings. These are institutionally diverse. Not only are artistic practices themselves changing, but so too are the meaning and function of art in society. Examples of the changing meaning and function of art can be found in three recent discourses and sets of practices that will structure this module: (1) the artist as researcher, (2) the artist and their position in society from a political point of view, and (3) the artist as a cultural or creative entrepreneur.
Upon completion of the course students are able to
1. identify and describe topical problems, developments and debates in contemporary art worlds
2. demonstrate knowledge about the theoretical frameworks to analyze how contemporary artistic and literary practices are related to other social, political and knowledge practices
3. apply interdisciplinary research methods to study how art worlds are connected to scientific, political, social and economic issues
4. critically reflect on their position as scholars of culture in current debates about the role of the arts in social, political and knowledge practices
Enrollment MA ALS
-Becker, H. S. (2008). Art Worlds. Berkeley, CA: University of California Press.
-Hutcheon, L. (2006). A Theory of Adaptation. London: Routledge.
-Peters, P.F. (2013). Research Organs as Experimental Systems: Constructivist Notions of Experimentation in Artistic Research. In M Schwab (Ed.), Experimental Systems. Future Knowledge in Artistic Research (Orpheus Institute Series) (pp. 87-101). Leuven: Leuven University Press.
-Thornton, S. (2008). Seven Days in the Art World. New York: W.W. Norton & Co.