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FIN2037 : Contemporary Art and Globalisation (Inactive)

Semester 2 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0


Globalisation has had a profound impact upon contemporary art. Since the fall of Eastern European Communism, the acceleration of global capitalism has been accompanied by considerable changes in the production, exhibition and reception of contemporary art. The number of enormous biennial exhibitions all over the world has risen sharply, showing work by artists from increasingly diverse locations, which often refers to issues related to this situation.

This course will examine the causes and nature of these changes through case studies of contemporary globalised art and its exhibition, and through writing on the subject by art historians and theorists of globalisation. It will further students’ understanding of theoretical concepts surrounding globalisation and their implications for artistic practice. Particular areas of focus will include attitudes towards multiculturalism and the 'Other', the rise of the biennial, the influence of digitisation and the 'network society', and the presentation of the political within contemporary art.

Outline Of Syllabus

The course will examine the relationship between contemporary art and globalisation concentrating on the period from 1989 to present. The focus will be on key practitioners including Santiago Sierra, Doris Salcedo and Do Ho Su, and the relationship of their work to issues such as multiculturalism and the ‘Other’, and the role of the political in an era which has seen the fall of Communism and acceleration of global capitalism. Integral to this will be an examination of the considerable changes that have taken place in modes of display including the rise of the biennial, and the impact of digitisation and the emergence of the ‘network society.’ Consideration of these issues will be informed by theorists such as Nicolas Bourriaud, Fredric Jameson, Paul Virilio and Coco Fusco. The course will be structured around a series of lectures from which seminars will provide opportunity for exploration and analysis of the core thematics.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture221:0022:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion160:0060:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading126:0026:00Seminar preparation
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching10:300:30Office hours
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching111:0011:00Seminars
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study180:3080:30N/A
Jointly Taught With
Code Title
FIN3037Contemporary Art and Globalisation
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

1. Lectures: to allow definition of the scope of the syllabus, an introduction to a body of knowledge, and modeling of the level and nature of the analysis required
2. Seminars: to encourage interaction and the development of cognitive and key skills; to allow preparation and presentation of directed research on specific issues and case studies
3. Tutorials: to provide feedback and analysis of the strengths and weaknesses of submitted work, and increase awareness of the potential for individual development

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Essay2M502500 words
Essay2M501500 word analysis assignment
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The coursework affords the student the opportunity to conduct research with seminar and peer support into particular areas of interest, to develop their organisational, group work and presentation skills in reporting back to the group and then to demonstrate their ability to think independently using their seminar discussion to inform their individual assignments. Assignments are targeted to develop critical thinking, the ability to develop an argument, visual analysis and theoretical comprehension.

Reading Lists