The aim of this unit is to develop your broader knowledge and understanding of the historical, social, practical, theoretical and cultural developments of contemporary visual culture. You will have the opportunity to further contextualise various aspects of art and design theory in its broadest sense by focusing upon specific Options and by writing a Dissertation Proposal.This unit provides a programme of work based on two Option subjects from the field of art, design and visual culture selected for study in Terms 1 and 2 and the production of a Thesis proposal in Term 3.
You will engage in critical reading, research methods seminars, writing workshops and further study related to key concepts, debates and theories. This focus on acquiring skills in research and critical analysis will enable you to formulate and develop the dissertation proposal pursued at the end of the unit. The comprehensive number of option choices will allow you to both extend your knowledge in relation to your main studio specialisms and to broaden your knowledge in the wider field of art and design.
Throughout the year the Options and Thesis Proposal sessions will be supported by Research Methods Seminars that will introduce you to diverse elements of research as well as to a variety of research methods and methodologies. These seminars will also help you appreciate the interdisciplinary context within which processes of designing and theorising design take place and help you to research and write at BA level. It will allow you to recognise and use interdisciplinary approaches in design and cultural analysis through texts, objects, practices. The seminars will engage with a diversity of key terms and concepts and show how they are used in research and in practice.
CTS 2 Option
Writing as Practice
Academic Year: 2016-2017
Tuesdays Term 1 and Term 2. 2pm – 5pm in T1407
Option leader: Mark Ingham, email@example.com
I make site-specific art installations that in both practice and theory explore ideas of autobiographical memory and its relationships with photographic images. For instance ‘120 Days and Nights of Staggering and Stammering’ is an installation made up of multiple SLR cameras modified to create photographic projectors. The projected photographic images are an exploration into experiences of remembering and forgetting. These installations are an attempt to express some of these ideas and further illuminate the relationships between photographic images and the construction of our autobiographical memories. See https://markingham.org/ for more information.
Writing as Practice focuses on writing as a critical or creative practice. The option introduces you to a variety of writing practices and objects, with a particular focus on style, defined here as the relationship between form (language, sentence structure, grammar and so on as well as distribution, layout and typography) and content. The option will cover more traditional modes of critical writing, and then shifts into ideas of writing about art and design to writing as art and design. It focuses on unconventional practical reading and writing exercises, which develops over the course of the term.
As the author of Stylish Academic Writing (2012) Professor Helen Sword argues, ‘“Snakes on a Plane” is an inviting title; “Aggressive Serpentine Behaviour in a Restrictive Aviation Environment” is not.’ (theconversation.com 2012). This option will be an exploration into the many exciting and exquisite worlds of critical stylish writing. It will take you on a journey through a multitude of how and whys where you will end being a more confident and nuanced writer and art and design and your own work.
The option encourages you to think about writing in the same way as your creative practices. It is a divergent, malleable and contingent practice, which affects and is affected by its subject, especially when this subject is also a creative practice (writing ‘about’ art and design as art and design writing). The option presents historical and theoretical arguments around the validity of different kinds of knowledge production, including personal narrative and anecdote, appropriation, détournement, bricolage, fan fic, collective writing, while introducing you to radical texts around art, design, reading and writing practices.