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Negotiating Objects: Visual Art as a meeting ground between Australian Indigenous and non-Indigenous cultures FSX204


This unit investigates Art as a meeting point for exchange between Australian Indigenous and non-Indigenous cultures.  Through analysis of the process, materials and context of Artworks the dialogue between cultures will be explored.

The unit will build skills in critical and material thinking and sensitivity to cultural differences. Students will investigate and consider methods and materials of making and how these reveal cultural structures of thinking and cross-cultural exchanges.  Through a program of gallery visits and case studies students will develop methods of negotiating objects. In keeping with the objectives of the course, students are required to choose an art object as the focus of their study. This may comprise a work of art or design in any medium

Students will be encouraged and supported to respond creatively and analytically to artworks through writing, drawing and making.  For the unit you will be guided in initiating and realizing a project which could be realized through art, poetry or writing.

Project work is supported by demonstrations, individual and group exercises, workshops and group critiques. Journal work is central to project development and you are required to keep a record of your ideas, insights, concepts, methods and learning processes and contextualizes these through study of forms and innovative examples of practice.


Unit name Negotiating Objects: Visual Art as a meeting ground between Australian Indigenous and non-Indigenous cultures
Unit code FSX204
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School College of Arts, Law and Education
School of Creative Arts and Media
Discipline Arts
Teaching staff

Jan Hogan and Amy Jackett

Level Intermediate
Available as student elective? Yes
Breadth Unit? No


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50 credit points of Introductory units from F4R BFA(Hons) schedule including at least one of FSA121 Critical Practices 1A or FSA122 Critical Practices 1B



Non-assessed hurdle and milestone tasks as described in the unit outline.  A Folio consisting your project outcome, supported by a portfolio of documentation of experimentation/exploration, reflection and responses to exercises and group activities (maximum equivalent 15 pages) (100%)

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