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FST200 Art Theory 2

Is the core year-2 unit, and explores, in semester 1, a range of theoretical issues confronting visual artists in the postwar period (1940-1970) and investigates the relationship between modernist art theory and practice. Students begin by studying the writings of Jean-Paul Sartre, which consider the visual arts and existentialism, and continue with diverse writers such as Clement Greenberg, Susan Sontag, Lawrence Alloway, Roland Barthes, and Lucy Lippard, ending with an examination of Leo Steinberg's essay, 'Other Criteria'. Tutorial papers and discussions focus on the way in which many of the theoretical ideas under investigation were manifested in works of visual art. Students can expect to study a number of the significant late modern art movements as well as the work of a wide range of individual artists.
In semester 2, they choose one option: (a) Art as a way of life - exploring the effects of the Industrial Revolution and mass urbanism on 19th century art, especially the visual arts in France; (b) Feminist aesthetics - examining the impact which feminism has had on contemporary art theory and practice; (c) Has the world gone mad?- examining the significance of between-the-wars surrealism in the visual arts and design; (d) Modern Design - examining in particular the history of 20th century European and North American design; (e) Recent Australian Crafts and Design - looking at the role of the designer-maker especially in postwar decorative arts and design developments; (f) Performance - introducing the theory and appreciation of the human body in performance; (g) History of the Skin - looking at the nature of passion as subject and motivator in the visual arts; (h) The Mind's Eye - examining the aesthetics of vision from representation to abstraction; and (i) Image morphologies - exploring established and emerging methods of photographic reproduction. Booklets describing these options, which may be varied somewhat, and the specific requirements for assessment are made available at the end of semester 1.

Special notes
teaching staff (semester 1) Assoc Prof JH Holmes; (semester 2) t.b.a.
campus & mode Hbt, int
unit weight [20%]
teaching pattern full year - 1-hour lecture and 1-hour tutorial each week (28 weeks)
prerequisites FST100
corequisites
mutual exclusions
method of assessment (both semesters) a 2,000-word essay and a tutorial presentation with its associated 1,500-word tutorial paper
required texts, etc Harrison C and Wood P, Art in Theory, 1900-1990: An Anthology of Changing Ideas, Oxford, 1992.

recommended reading
Course: Bachelor of Fine Arts (F3E)







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FST201 Art Theory 2A

Students choose one of the three options described below:
(a) Issues in Contemporary Art Theory and Practice (Dr L Negrin) - falls into two parts. In semester 1, the unit looks at recent widespread questioning of the value of the project of high art, a challenge which is central to what has come to be known as the postmodern sensibility. In the realm of theory it has led to a fundamental re-evaluation of the concepts by which art has traditionally been analysed. In the realm of practice it has led to a search for new cultural forms which transcend the boundaries between high art and mass culture, and to a critical examination of the role of the arts and the artist in modern society. The unit examines and critically evaluates the impact of postmodernism on contemporary art theory and practice. In semester 2, students choose one of the options (a) to (i) scheduled for the second semester of FST200 above.
(b) Australian Art of the 1970s and 1980s (Staff t.b.a.) - falls into two parts. In semester 1, the unit covers certain key survey exhibitions of the period, beginning with The Field in 1968 and including others such as the Sydney Biennales, Perspectas and a range of exhibitions of Australian art shown overseas. All visual arts disciplines are studied using much contemporary source material, including exhibition catalogues, recent journal articles and newspaper clippings. A study booklet with extensive topic bibliographies is provided at the beginning of the semester. In semester 2, students choose one of the options (a) to (i) scheduled for the second semester of FST200 above.
(c) Cinema (Mr EJ Colless) - falls into two parts. In semester 1, the unit introduces cinema through such questions as: What is cinema, and how does it work its spell on us? How has it changed our culture? How does cinema affect our sense of vision, our capaciticies for memory, dream and desire? How has it affected the other arts of our time: painting, photography, theatre, video? Students study production techniques and the stylistic forms, narrative themes and aesthetics of the movies, by examining a variety of films from different periods, genres and countries. Weekly seminars deal with critical interpretation of plot, characterisation, acting, directing and artistic design of specific films, and the general philosophical, psychological and aesthetic implications of cinematic representation. The unit includes a practical exercise in adapting a short story for the screen.
In semester 2, students choose one of the options (a) to (i) scheduled for the second semester of FST200 above.

Special notes this unit is taken by students wishing to complete a minor in Art Theory.
teaching staff SDtaff:
campus & mode Hbt, int
unit weight [BFA: 20%, AssocDipArt: 25%]
teaching pattern full year - sem 1, options (a) and (c): a 2-hour seminar a week; option (b) a 1-hour lecture and a 1-hour tutorial a week; sem 2: a 2-hour seminar a week
prerequisites FST100
corequisites FST200
mutual exclusions
method of assessment (sem 1) option (a): a tutorial presentation and its associated 2,000-word tutorial paper, and a 2,000-word essay; option (b) a tutorial presentation and its associated 1,750-word tutorial paper, a 1-hour slide test, and a 2,000-word essay; option (c) a 3,000-word topic paper, regular tutorial papers, an exercise in screen adaptation (treatment and story board). (sem 2) a 2,000-word essay, a tutorial presentation and its associated 1,500-word tutorial paper. Attendance and participation are also taken into account in both semesters
required texts, etc option (a): Foster M (ed), The Anti-Aesthetic: Essays on Postmodern Culture, Port Townsend, Washington, 1983.

recommended reading
Course: Bachelor of Fine Arts (F3E)







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