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Contemporary Artistic Currents

Code 14253
Year 2
Semester S2
ECTS Credits 6
Workload OT(15H)/TP(45H)
Scientific area Art and Design
Entry requirements Don't apply.
Mode of delivery not electable
Work placements not electable
Learning outcomes In this CU it is intended that the student acquires in-depth knowledge in the field of individual expression, understanding it as an integral part of historical, sociological, anthropological and artistic phenomena that developed over the 20th and 21st centuries, in order to understand its scope and complexity, as well as which identity nuances it currently assumes in contemporary society, particularly capitalist and consumerist. It aims to make the student understand the concepts of culture as transversal communicative phenomena in a global society, as well as as key elements for sustainable economic-environmental development. It aims to provide the student with the concepts and mediums that contemporary art assumes, in an interdisciplinary perspective, as well as explaining the deep relationship between art and individual imagination.
Syllabus An age of transformations; Transitions in the 20th century: from pictorial impression to body expression; The alliance between function, aesthetics and design; Wars and the impact on the arts; Post-war art and society; The century of the ego and the death of the object and the author; Cybernetic society and emerging artistic expressions; The concept of gender in contemporary art.
Main Bibliography • Danto, Arthur C. (2002), Despues del fin del arte: El arte contemporaneo y el linde de la historia. Barcelona: Paidos.
• Eco, Umberto(coord.) (2009), História da beleza. Algés: Difel.
• Eco, Umberto (coord.), História do feio. Algés: Difel.
• Elkins, James (2004), On the strange place of religion in contemporary art. New York: Routledge.
• Foster, H & Krauss, R. & Bois, Y-A. & Buchloh, B. (2007), Art since 1900: Modernism, Antimodernism, Postmodernism. New York: Thames & Hudson.
• Freedberg, David (1992), El Poder de las Imágenes: estudios sobre la Historia e la Teoria de la Respuesta. Madrid: Catedra.
• Holzwarth, H. W. (Ed.) (2013), Art Now! Köln: Taschen.
• Ruhrberg, K., Schneckenburger, M., Fricke, C., & Honnef, K. (2005), Arte do século XX - Pintura, Escultura, Novos Media, Fotografia. Köln: Taschen.
Teaching Methodologies and Assessment Criteria In this UC, a practical group work will be proposed (3 students maximum), focusing on the creation of a video, inspired by an object of contemporary art. The work will involve researching and writing of a descriptive synopsis, which will later be publicly presented in the classroom. An assessment test will be carried out.

The final grade will be calculated according to the following criteria:

• Attendance - 10%
• Group work - 60%
• Assessment Test - 30%

Assessment Test: 04th June 2024.
Language Portuguese. Tutorial support is available in English.
Last updated on: 2024-02-24

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