Critical Theory in Contemporary Art Practice
Over the last two decades, the study of art history in art education has been complemented and often superseded by the study of critical theory, while art theorists and critics bring political, social and cultural theories to bear on the interpretation of art...
Taught by: Sophia Kosmaoglou.
Over the last two decades, the study of art history in art education has been complemented and often superseded by the study of critical theory, while art theorists and critics bring political, social and cultural theories to bear on the interpretation of art.
This course bridges this transition and maps the field, enabling students to locate their own research interests. Through lectures, seminars, tutorials and gallery visits, we will familiarise you with key concepts and historical transformations underpinning twentieth century art production and reception. You will extend and develop your ability to discuss, write about and judge contemporary art. You will look at the impact on contemporary art practice of feminism, post-colonialism, philosophy, psychoanalysis and political theory and examine art practice from different theoretical perspectives and critical debates in the field. You will be supported in identifying thematics and practices that are relevant to your studio practice and assisted in contextualising your work. Students will be expected to do some reading and research in their own time.
What kind of knowledge and skills do contemporary artists need? What is the relationship between art and entertainment? How do we recognise art? These are just some of the questions we will address as you explore and examine the historical and critical context in which contemporary art is made, circulated, seen and understood.
You'll be able to critically discuss and evaluate contemporary art in terms of its production and exhibition. You'll be able to place your studio practice in context.
Who Should Attend
This course is designed to provide art graduates, practising artists and curators with an encompassing introduction to key theoretical discourses that underpin the production and interpretation of art. It provides a platform for students to develop and articulate their own ideas on art production, exhibition and reception. It may suit those wishing to apply for a postgraduate degree in art or to pursue a career in the arts sector.
Dr Sophia Kosmaoglou is an artist, tutor, researcher, curator and video editor. Her work employs a broad range of approaches to exhibition-making, including sculpture, installation, video, painting, performance, sound, site-specificity, collaboration and participation. These varied approaches address identity construction in relationships, the subversion of convention and authority through performative representations and the limits of rationalism. More recently her work questions the ontology of the art object and its context within the institution of art. She has a practice-based PhD in Fine Art from Goldsmiths and her research interests include institutional critique and the relationship between art and politics, institutions and independent organisations, collective practices and decision-making processes. Her PhD thesis is a critical reassessment of institutional critique and of the value of autonomy in art practice. She has previously taught Critical Studies and Studio Practice on the BA Fine Art Practice and Joint Honours courses at Goldsmiths. She is director of the Art & Critique Network and a member of Exploding Cinema, Deptford Cinema and The Field New Cross.
Please bring the following materials with you on the first day:
Notebook and Pen
Money for travel and exhibition entry