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Semester and Year Offered: Winter
Course Coordinator and Team: Shefalee Jain
Email of course coordinator: firstname.lastname@example.org
Pre-requisites: The course is only open to the MA Visual Art students
Aim: Explorations in Concept and media II (Archival Investigations) is a second semester course which introduces students to the idea of practice based research into the processes of knowledge production and canonisation through archives. The course makes a radical move in introducing students to the idea of an archive-in-making in contrast to an archive that is already made available by establishments such as the state, institutions and other repositories of knowledge. By linking research methodology to artistic practice the School of Culture and Creative Expressions hopes to reinvigorate contemporary art practice and to dislodge it from being geared solely toward a market economy and to reorient it toward critical and emancipatory practices. These concerns are seen as intimately linked with the rationale of the programme and the vision of the University as a whole which lay emphasis on critical reflection and contextualization of the self in relationship with larger structures and practices.
Course Outcomes: At the end of the course students will be able to
Brief description of modules/ Main modules:
Archives: Defined, examined, contested and reinvented. The module will be devised as a seminar around key texts on archives and how over the past years artists, philosophers and writers have conceptualized archives.
Critical reflection on archive based art practices by close reading and discussion of texts on specific works of art in the context of archives. The texts are discussed in the classroom in seminar mode. Students make group presentations. There is a panel of discussants and the rest of the class acts as respondents. The group discussions are peer reviewed.
Creation of two art works and their display in the context of archive based research as a mode of practice.The students are expected to make two displays, one mid semester and the other end semester. The mid semester display is to put to test some initial ideas based on prelimnary research and the feedback that the students receive is then taken forward in a full fledged end semester display.
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