We exist as embodied beings: bodies are how we move through the world and how we touch, and see and interact with it. The purpose of the unit is to introduce students to the concept of the body and bodies within art historical and cultural traditions and emerging technological terrains. The unit explores key issues such as gender, representation and identity with a focus on bodies as sites of transformation. The unit investigates how social and cultural forces shape bodies, influence aesthetics and reveal cultural ideologies.
Students are invited to use design strategies to investigate the body as a sensual and dynamic force. Through response to materials including wood, clay, textile, paper and technology, students will develop work that seeks to challenge, disrupt or extend concepts of the body. As part of unit content students are introduced to design strategies and responsive crafting and learn the core skills of critical review writing. This unit introduces students to the creative arts emphasis on praxis, where theory is tested and embodied in making and writing.
|Unit name||Critical Practices in Art: Bodies|
|College/School||College of Arts, Law and Education
School of Creative Arts and Media
|Coordinator||Doctor Karen Hall|
|Available as student elective?||Yes|
|Delivered By||University of Tasmania|
|Location||Study period||Attendance options||Available to|
- International students
- Domestic students
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|Study Period||Start date||Census date||WW date||End date|
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- Use a variety of oral, written and visual strategies to examine how social and cultural forces shape bodies and influence aesthetics and design approaches
- Review artworks in a critical and creative context relevant to unit themes
- Apply processes of prototyping and material experimentation to make artwork that responds to unit themes
|Field of Education||Commencing Student Contribution 1||Grandfathered Student Contribution 1||Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2||Domestic Full Fee|
- Available as a Commonwealth Supported Place
- HECS-HELP is available on this unit, depending on your eligibility3
- FEE-HELP is available on this unit, depending on your eligibility4
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You cannot enrol in this unit as well as the following:FSA122 Critical Practices 1B
On Campus (Hobart and Launceston)
Weekly Workshops (3 Hours)
Plus an additional 7 hours engagement with unit content and self-directed learning per week
|Assessment||Task 1: Artist book and reflective statement (15%)|Task 3: Folio and reflective statement (50%)|Task 2: Exhibition Review (35%)|
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Required readings will be listed in the unit outline prior to the start of classes.
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