This unit of study explores the increasing relationship contemporary artists have developed with the museum/archive invoking distinct methods, discourses and aesthetics. The Interpretation of visual images (photographs, film) and collection of material objects and texts held in repositories, structures historical memory and acts as an active tool for innovative research and the creation of new artworks. By exploring the ethical, aesthetic and emotional relations contemporary artists have with their sources we critically examine the affective implications of drawing upon this material. During this semester, students will have the opportunity to visit The State Library of NSW and the Australia Museum to explore the archives for their group project.
1 x 1-hour seminar/week and 1x 1-hour tutorial class/week
in class participation, preparation of reading material, active contribution to group discussions (10%) and group project: oral (10 min powerpoint presentation) with written submission (500 words) (25%) and essay (2000 words) (65%)
CATE1001 and CATE1002