Course: Selected issues from contemporary art theories

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Course title Selected issues from contemporary art theories
Course code KDT/845
Organizational form of instruction Lesson
Level of course Master
Year of study not specified
Frequency of the course Each academic year
Semester Winter
Number of ECTS credits 1
Language of instruction Czech
Status of course Compulsory-optional
Form of instruction unspecified
Work placements unspecified
Recommended optional programme components None
  • Dytrtová Kateřina, doc. Mgr. Ph.D.
Course content
These informations are in the annotation of the course.

Learning activities and teaching methods
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Learning outcomes
The subject understands culture as a system of symbols of a phenomenological nature and promotes interdisciplinary comparative methods. Art can be presented as a cluster concept, therefore, other definitions of art are introduced in the course: institutional, historical, or functionalist. In the context of these considerations and definitions the analysis of depicting principles and rules transforms. To enable the student to detect these changing strategies of contemporary art, the subject must use a theoretical conceptual apparatus. The different kinds of art are understood as symbolic systems that interact and permeate each other. Strategy of one system often borrows other system rules. As well, records and entries are analyzed as products that imprint their rules and therefore frameworks of validity, and partake in creating the meaning of visuals, and like any other filter, they influence the depicting strategies. In this view then, culture can be understood as the space for search, negotiation, establishing, appearance and disappearance of meanings. 1.-2. Definition of art, art as a cluster concept, other definitions of art: institutional, historical, and functionalist; relation between the esthetical and the artistic, the issue of forgery, originality, and authenticity in art, plurality of so-called low and high forms. 3.-4. Concepts of analysis and interpretation, expression, denotation, exemplification, impression, metaphor, structure, their effectiveness and extent, and application in analysis. The mechanism of "pencil", media and their influence on "making the meaning" of the visual. 5.-6. Individual kinds of art as symbolic systems, notation and non-notation art, records and entries, charts, music graphics, the relation between the language tokens and depicting, concepts like a good shape, expression, prop, comics as a construction, as a rule misleading the meaning. 7.-9. Illusion, reality, and virtuality as versions of the world, analysis of selected visuals, relations and rules used in contemporary art compared with other epochs, static and dynamic media. 10.-14. Presentations of students analyzing selected works of art. The student will analyze a selected problem of the 20th or 21st centuries (presentation, seminar paper of 10 pages with accompanying pictures and legend), will present it actively in the seminar (20 minutes) and then will participate in the informed debate following the presentation. Emphasis is put on the ability to build quality questions on the topic to attract attention, reveal the hermeneutic identity of the work, and will link the problem with today's situation in the visual arts and in related visual fields. The student will successfully write a test and verbally comments the results achieved.
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

Assessment methods and criteria
Analysis of the selected problem of art (prezentation, essay - 10 pages)
Recommended literature
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Study plans that include the course
Faculty Study plan (Version) Branch of study Category Recommended year of study Recommended semester
Faculty of Art and Design Curatorship Studies (A) Art and applied art 2 Winter