Friday lates: the body as image and material in 20th century art
Time: 18:00 - 20:00
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
Course Code: VB779
Duration: 1 session
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What is the course about?
In this one-day course, we explore the representation of body and body-related practices while considering the broader cultural context behind the focus on the body. We discuss selected works by avant-garde artists from movements such as Futurism, Dadaism, and Surrealism, moving to the 1960s-1970s body and performance art, video art, and finishing with the 1990s installation art.
The artists we study include Umberto Boccioni, Hannah Ho¨ch, Raoul Hausmann, Dora Maar, Hans Bellmer, Valie Export, Ana Mendieta, Vito Acconci, Bruce Naumann, Tehching Hsieh, and Jana Sterbak. We cover the conceptual and the political significance of the body imagery, and the role of such images in constructing identities and questioning the bodily limits.
This is a live online course. You will need:
- Internet connection. The classes work best with Chrome.
- A computer with microphone and camera is best (e.g. a PC/laptop/iMac/MacBook), or a tablet/iPad/smart phone/iPhone if you don't have a computer.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.
What will we cover?
• Representation or artistic usage of body/body-related practices from the 1910s-1990s (including painting, sculpture, photography, installation, performance, and moving image).
• A range of political and philosophical questions raised by the use of body in art.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
By the end of this course you should be able to:
• Describe at least three artworks from the 20th century that depict, reference, or use the body.
• Evaluate the relevance of representing the body or using the body as a medium.
• Practice situating artworks in a broader cultural context.
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 and instructions on the basic elements of Zoom software, like usage of microphone and camera.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
You will be taught online with slide presentations and group discussions.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
There are no other costs, but you are advised to bring a notebook to the classes.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
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Irina Chkhaidze completed her PhD in Art History at University College London. Prior to this, she studied Liberal Arts and gained an MA in Humanities in Germany. Irina has published articles on contemporary art, theories of posthumanism and human-animal relations. She has taught gallery-based courses at UCL, covering 19th to 21st century art. Currently, Irina also lectures on philosophy and social theory at Leeds Beckett University, and teaches on Critical Studies programme at Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London.
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