What is the course about?
From 1930s Surrealist collages, to the “psycho-geography” of the 1950s, right through to the GPS and mobile phone technology of today, artists have used maps to question how we experience space, along with how it is organised and represented by society. This course examines art from the start of the twentieth century right up to the present, including Fluxus, Land Art and contemporary Digital Media practices. We encounter artists who’ve worked with maps to explore identity, mobility and to uncover deeper social and political structures.
The course is structured around lectures and class discussions exploring relevant concepts and historical questions.
What will we cover?
• Rethinking maps and mapping with Surrealism and the Situationist practice of “psychogeography”.
• Maps in Fluxus and Land Art: from Yoko Ono and Daniel Spoerri to Agnes Dene and Hamish Fulton.
• Contemporary Digital Media artists who use GPS and mobile mapping technology in their practice.
• How artists have used maps to explore Postcolonial perspectives on power and place.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
• List at least three art movements who have used mapping as an important part of their practice; identify at least one key work from each movement and one important artist.
• Identify at least three ways in which artists have used maps to question dominant or conventional modes of representation.
• Describe at least three instances in which an artist’s use of maps reflects or interrogates their social or political context.
• Analyse key works and participate in discussions about them.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This course is suitable for all levels.
You should be able to follow simple written and verbal instructions, demonstrations, hand-outs and health and safety information, and will be invited to take part in group discussion.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
You will be taught with slide presentations and group discussions.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
You might wish to bring a notebook. You might wish to buy some of the books on any reading list given out in class.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
General information and advice on courses at City Lit is available from the Student Centre and Library on Monday to Friday from 12:00 – 19:00.
See the course guide for term dates and further details