Course: 20th Century Action Art II

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Course title 20th Century Action Art II
Course code KDT/796
Organizational form of instruction Lesson
Level of course not specified
Year of study not specified
Frequency of the course Each academic year
Semester Summer
Number of ECTS credits 1
Language of instruction Czech
Status of course unspecified
Form of instruction unspecified
Work placements unspecified
Recommended optional programme components None
  • Fremlová Vendula, Mgr. Ph.D.
Course content
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Learning outcomes
The course provides a cross-section through the history of action art, happening, and performance from the beginning of this genre to date. At the beginning, it mentions activities of the Dada movement, the Italian futurism, or those arising in the circle of the surrealists, which became sources of this postwar genre. It presents the beginnings of action art connected with American action painting being interested in the body, with the postwar existentialism on examples of works by Jackson Pollock and Yves Klein, the Japanese Gutai group, and the Viennese actionism. It follows further development of body art, through Dennis Oppenheim and the bloom of the genre in 1970's in works by Terry Fox, Vito Acconci, or Chris Burden. It mentions Bruce Nauman's actions, and the role of photography, videoart, and electronic media in performance. Great attention in the lectures is given to the Fluxus movement, John Cage, his pupils, Joseph Beuys, and Nam June Paik, as well as to expressions of conceptual tendencies in action art. It also informs about the broad tendency of Moscow actionism, and the lectures as well include interpretation of the tendency toward more synthetic shape and theatralization of performance connected with postmodernism and the current state of the genre. The course concurrently compares the world action art with the state of the genre on domestic scene.
The gained capabilities constitute an encompassment and an aquirement of knowledge and experience in the given field of study, they result from a concrete annotation of the subject and are aimed at a profile´s fulfilment of the graduate of the given field of study.
Successful completion of the previous study

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Recommended literature
  • Dějiny českého výtvarného umění IV.. Praha, 2006.
  • Dějiny českého výtvarného umění V.. Praha, 2007.
  • Morganová, Pavlína. Akční umění. Olomouc, 1999.
  • Schimmel, Paul. Out of actions, Aktionismus, body art und performance. Vídeň, 1998.
  • Srp, Karel. Minimal Art, Conceptual Art. Jazzpetit, Praha, 1982.
  • Vojtěchovský, Miloš. Orbis Fictus. Praha, 1995.
  • Vojtěchovský, Miloš. Umění a elektronická technologie, Dějiny umění 12. Praha, 2002.
  • Zemánek, Jiří; Jirousová, Věra; Čiháková-Noshiro, Vlasta. Umění akce. Mánes, 2001.

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