The aim of this module is to introduce the students to a number of equally valid art historical narratives and to provide them with the critical attitude contemporary art requires from its beholder. Art historical canon interprets works of art along a vertical tradition, enforcing a terminology often unsatisfactory, neglecting aspects of an artistic product which inherently define the given artwork. Interdisciplinary research and methods – such as social studies, political sciences and reception aesthetics – broach questions which lead to a better understanding of the theory and most importantly the artwork and its era. These methods create a complex contextuality, in which the artwork is the origo for all interpretation, and goes beyond the multi-levelled analysis introduced by Erwin Panofsky in his iconology studies. The most important question of this module is not what the artworks represents, but how does it do it?
Module Leader:Richard Kosinsky
Division:Arts and Humanities