Cultural actuality / art actuality and interpretation (B2)
Teacher : Elke de Rijcke
The course addresses several aesthetic theories of the hyper-contemporary (1990-2021) and focuses primarily on the return of the body and emotion in different artistic disciplines, the conditions of emergence of the body, and the links between arts/science.
Based on texts by Hans Thies Lehmann, Nicolas Bourriaud, Jean-Marc Jimenez, Catherine Grenier, Sally O'Reilly, Rainer Rochlitz, Umberto Eco, Frank Reijnders, Peter Szendy and Hans Ulrich Obrist, we will attempt to determine a certain number of aesthetic criteria of the contemporary and integrate them into our reading of works. To this end, the course offers a broad overview of contemporary practices, primarily in the field of visual and performing arts.
Emphasis will be placed on the very methodology of aesthetic analysis and its various components (descriptive, analytical and evaluative) through the study of a few case studies. This course is first and foremost a collaborative seminar: on the one hand, we deepen aesthetic criteria and propose some readings of works; on the other hand, the students themselves propose an aesthetic and critical commentary of works. These readings give rise to an exchange of points of view and are followed by feedback.
Philosophers and researchers in the field of contemporary art, as well as the artists themselves (interviews, writings), will accompany our reading of contemporary art.
The Cultural News course is above all a collaborative seminar where students have an important role to play. The course is organized in two parts. On the one hand, we deepen certain aesthetic criteria and the representation of the body in contemporary art. On the other hand, the course aims to provide keys to contemporary practices and prepares students for a critical approach to the works of art. On the other hand, the students themselves propose an aesthetic and critical commentary on the performances they have seen. This is a group work, where each student will speak individually. These readings give rise to an exchange of points of view and are followed by feedback.