Seminar Contemporary Art

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Doel vak

1. In depth knowledge of a key recent issue/topic of contemporary art,
both concerning artistic practice and the reflection thereof in academic
2. Thorough understanding of the hybrid nature of contemporary art
practice (crossing not only genres but often even disciplines) and its
consequences for methodological approaches to contemporary art
3. Ability to identify and formulate an independent research question
related to a given topic, and to conduct this research with a high
degree of autonomy, based on in depth critical analysis of international
literature as well as primary source.
4. Ability to communicate the research design and findings in the form
of an oral presentation and scientific paper, and to engage in
discussion with peers on each other’s research.

Inhoud vak

In this course, students engage in depth with key issues in contemporary
art and practice their research skills. The topic of the course changes
each year, and is closely related to the research of the respective
In 2018/19, the course will be dedicated to ‘Anthropocene Art’. The
Anthropocene is a term coined in 1997 (in reference to the geological
periodization of time) to denote the period in which the human, for the
first time in the life of our planet, is leaving a lasting global
footprint in the earth’s crust, has come to signal the complex
interrelations of political, social and ecological consequences of
globalization, capitalism, and digitization. The course will deal with
artistic approaches to these interrelations from the 1960s to today,
across media and genres (land art, installation art, digital art,
performance art, participatory and activist projects, photography and
video art). While we will for sure explore the art of key figures such
as Hans Haacke, Robert Smithson, Joseph Beuys, Mark Dion, Pierre Huyghe,
Ursula Biemann, Angela Melitopoulos and writings of amongst others Jack
Burnham, T. J. Demos, and Timothy Morton, the course will also take into
account individual student’s interests, and individual research topics
may be chosen by the participants themselves.




Participation (20%)
Oral presentation (20%)
Final paper (60%) Students have to pass the final paper to pass the

Vereiste voorkennis

BA MKDA, BA art history, comparative art and media studies, or


Brown, Andrew: Art & Ecology Now, London (Thames & Hudson), 2014
Demos, T. J., Decolonizing Nature, Contemporary Art and the Politics of
Ecology, Berlin (Sternberg Press), 2016
Kastner, Jeffrey and Brian Wallis (eds.), Land and Environmental Art,
London (Phaidon) 1998
Morton, Timothy: Hyperobjects, Philosophy and Ecology after the End of
the World, Minneapolis, University Of Minnesota Press), 2013

further and more specific course literature t.b.c. via CANVAS


MA students Contemporary Art history, Critical Studies in Art & Culture,
Curating Art & Cultures
MA students in Comparative Art and Media Studies, Kunst, Markt, and
Connaisseurschap, Design Cultures, as well as exchange students from
humanities disciplines with adequate knowledge of art history or

Algemene informatie

Vakcode L_KAMAKGS027
Studiepunten 9 EC
Periode P1+2+3
Vakniveau 400
Onderwijstaal Engels
Faculteit Faculteit der Geesteswetenschappen
Vakcoördinator prof. dr. K. Kwastek
Examinator prof. dr. K. Kwastek
Docenten prof. dr. K. Kwastek

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