Introduction to Art: Representations, Performances and Interactions
Full course description
The traditional term for the many ways in which artworks represent reality is mimesis. The mimetic talent for imitation and representation has been the subject of admiration, study and debate throughout the history of Western art. The notion of mimesis is employed to describe painting, literature, music, theater, dance, and more; it is still used to characterize the domain of the arts in general.
In engaging with the concept of mimesis, this course focuses on three central themes and approaches. The first part of the course is concerned with representations of reality in nineteenth and early twentieth century literature, painting, and music. The second part deals with modern and contemporary performance art. The academic field of Performance Studies is introduced in an attempt at dealing with the blurring of genres, cultures and conventions that are typical for contemporary art shaped by mass media and processes of globalization. The third and last part of the course discusses sociological perspectives on art as a social practice and a collective activity.
This course, through its emphasis on representations, performances and interactions, constitutes a basis for courses on the arts in all their diversity, as well as courses on culture in general. The course includes a practical exercise in stylistic representation at the Charles Nypels lab, the print workshop of the Jan van Eyck Academy (http://www.janvaneyck.nl/en/labs/charles-nypels-lab).
- To provide students with an advanced introduction to the visual and performing arts.
- To broaden the students’ theoretical understanding of art.
The courses IER3004 and ACU3004 or ACU3005 are compulsory courses within this Interfaculty minor.
- Auerbach, Erich. Mimesis: The Representation of Reality in Western Literature. Princeton University Press, Princeton, 2003.
- Gombrich, Ernst. Art and Illusion. A Study in the Psychology of Pictorial Representation. Princeton University Press, Princeton, 2000.
- Schechner, Richard. Performance Studies: An Introduction. Routledge, London, 2002.
- Becker, Howard S. Art Worlds. University of California Press, Berkeley, 1984.