Course TypeCourse CodeNo. Of Credits
Foundation CoreSCC2VA1114

Semester and Year Offered: Monsoon

Course Coordinator and Team: Shefalee Jain

Email of course coordinator: shefalee[at]aud[dot]ac[dot]in

Pre-requisites: The course is only open to the MA Visual Art students

Aim: Explorations in Concept and Media I will explore the importance of developing concept/s in art making practices in general and the direction of more recent diversified and non-conventional modes of art making practices in particular. It will provide a practical exposure and understanding regarding the relationship between concept/s and material/s and media in order to prepare the students with regard to the complexities in engaging with contemporary historical realities of art and their relationship with sociopolitical realities.

The direction this course seeks perfectly blends with the vision of SCCE and AUD, especially in the context that the diversified and non-conventional art practices are invested in the larger cultural politics in general and community and participatory oriented practices in particular. This course can contribute to or partake in the works of the centers like Centre for Community Knowledge as visual developers. This course is also an attempt to contribute to the larger democratic goals through diversifying and de-mystifying art making practices. Further, this course implants seeds of critical thinking which problematizes the current modes of artistic production and its elite moorings.

Course Outcomes: At the end of the course students will be able

1. To rethink through practice, some fundamentals of practice such as space, time, narration, materials, viewership, concepts and practice based research.

2. To develop a trajectory of thought/area of visual research through practice based research.

3. To create a genealogy for one’s own practice based research area.

Brief description of modules/ Main modules:

Development of visual research through an investigation workbook. This is the main workspace in this semester where students are encouraged to develop their concept/s and related visual research.

Short Practical exercises exploring fundamentals of art practice followed by displays and discussion. These exercises may bring up some of the following areas:

Representation: Articulating concepts through framing, retelling, or making. The paradigm of Representation will be explored to develop creative work in Visual (and other) forms.

Repetition/Translation: Producing various iterations and nuances within certain areas of interest. The thrust of the method will be to arrive at certain visual language through repetitive tasks and iterations within a similar field.

Word and image: Exploration of the relationship between words and images in the context of artistic practice.

The Sensorial Field: Exploration into the importance of foregrounding lesser used sensory experiences in the field of art such as smell, touch, taste and sound in order to examine the primacy of the visual and its implications.

Reading everyday life: The course will help students in locating frames of meaning within their everyday mundane lives and locate certain strands of meanings that touch larger areas of the social.

Real and fiction: To help locate certain intrinsic connections between a students’ life and a conceptual arena of exploration, the students will be lead through investigative tasks to frame their everyday life in relation to the real and the fictitious. The leads from these tasks will be developed further through certain exercises that will help in locating meanings in students’ everyday lives.

Workshop with a guest artist in the context of rethinking practice followed by feedback and discussion.

End term display and discussion of work.

Assessment Details with weights:

  • 30% classroom participation. This includes group visits to galleries, museums, participation in class discussions, attendance in Friday presentations at SCCE and completion of classroom presentations and practicums.
  • 30% Investigation workbook research. The students develop an investigation workbook for their research. Since the research is experimental and exploratory, the workbook is often accompanied by other forms of documentation such as Pinterest boards, sound files, image files, materials.
  • 20% workshop participation. A workshop is organised as part of this course to help students gain a hands on experiential understanding of practice based research.
  • 20% final assessment (a reflective essay and the display of work produced at the end of the semester)


Reading List:

  • TAUSSIG, M. T. (2011). I swear I saw this: drawings in fieldwork notebooks, namely my own.
  • DELEUZE, G. (2017). Francis bacon - the logic of sensation.
  • BERGER, J., & DIBB, M. (1972).Ways of seeing.
  • CHADWICK, W. (2016). Women, art, and society.
  • BLACKMAN, L. (2008). The body. Oxford, Berg.
  • JONES, A., & STEPHENSON, A. (2005). Performing the body/performing the text. London, Routledge.
  • BROUDE, N. and GARRARD, M. (2005). Reclaiming female agency. Berkeley, CA: University of California Press.