10 cp Prerequisites: ARTS112 Art in the Early 20th Century or ARTS237 Postmodern Art in the 20th Century Teaching Organisation: Lectures, tutorials and/or flexible delivery. Three hours per week for twelve weeks or equivalent.
This unit aims to explore the issues facing artists and art practice within the context of contemporary art in a globalised world. There will be significant engagement with the social, political and environmental issues which contribute to the concerns and preoccupations of contemporary practice. We will examine debates around nationhood, refugees and the relationship between local community and global citizenship. There will be a specific focus on both contemporary Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander creative practices as well as indigenous art from other places. Consideration of art making practices and materiality will also be a focus with a range of contemporary art being experienced directly through student visits to prominent shows and galleries. It is expected that the ideas in this unit will increase students' capacity to apply knowledge to their own visual art and/or teaching practice. The University’s mission and values underpin this course: we adopt a compassionate and ethical approach to cultural difference and foster an understanding of how human dignity and the common good sit at the core of cultural production. We also examine cultural, social, ethical and spiritual themes in contemporary art through the lens of the Catholic tradition of intellectual pursuit and social justice.