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PD Dr. Martin Schulz

Lecture

Modernism, Postmodernism, and the Global Contemporary Art. Art since 1945

Die Vorlesung wird sich ausgehend von Fallbeispielen, aber auch anhand der vielen theoretischen Diskussionen mit der Kunst nach dem Zweiten Weltkrieg befassen, insbesondere mit den sich radikal wandelnden Begriffen wie „Kunst“, „Künstler“ und „Werk“, die sich vor allem seit Beginn der 1960er Jahre beobachten lassen. Viele Phänomene der global erweiterten Gegenwartskunst, die immer wieder im Fokus stehen soll, haben ihre Grundlagen in den 1960/70er Jahren. Ausgangspunkt wird die Idee einer Neuen Moderne sein, wie sie in den 1950/60er Jahre in New York zu Zeiten des Kalten Krieges formuliert wurde. Diese ist zugleich die Folie vieler folgender Kritik an den verbliebenen und doch nur scheinbar selbstverständlichen Konventionen der modernen Kunst: nicht nur an den normativen Kriterien von „moderner“ Kunst, sondern ebenso an Modellen einseitig westlicher, aber universal gesetzter Geschichtsschreibung. Die Folgen spiegeln sich im weiten und heterogenen Feld eines erweiterten Kunstbegriffs wider. Dieser ist exemplarisch für ein neues Verständnis von Avantgarde und daher in vielem vorbildlich für eine global ausgeweitete Kunst der Gegenwart, die so gut wie alle vormaligen ästhetischen und kulturellen Grenzen überschritten und neu gestaltet hat. Bestehen noch verbindliche Kriterien des ästhetischen Urteils? Welche Rolle hat heute noch die Kunstkritik? Kritisch wird nicht zuletzt die Macht des enorm expandierenden Kunstmarktes zu diskutieren sein.

Thursdays, 2 to 4pm, KJC 212

Advanced Seminar

The Global Art of Contemprary Photography

Contemporary (art) photography has become one of the most interesting and intricately applied media employed in what has become known as a ‘global contemporary art’ context. The course will explore and compare several artistic positions from Western and non-Western practitioners with regard to their aesthetic and technique. Although the technical equipment has reached a common – digital – standard all over the world, photographic images present a wide range of local differences in representation, iconography and style. The course will focus on dynamic transcultural topics and scrutinize their cultural differences. A further approach will point to the phenomenon of globalisation itself that is depicted and reflected in the contemporary art of photography. The topics will be complemented by a short review on the history of photography (and how it became a matter of art) and by a survey on the different theoretical approaches to the eldest of the new media.

Tuesdays, 1 to 3pm, KJC 212

Dr. Corinna Forberg

Advanced Seminar

Europe's Encounter with Indian Art in the Early Modern Period

With the beginning of the oversea trade in Asia, and especially in India, various Indian Artefacts arrived in Europe. Those art products imported by the Portuguese remained normally in the monasteries or seminaries, so that they attracted little public attention. That was different in the Netherlands and in England where an exclusive group of buyers fought for the rare imports and paid a lot of money for purchasing and incorporating them into their, mostly, encyclopedic collections. The social net between collectors, artists and scholars were closely weaved, so that some artists got in touch with Indian artefacts and used them in their creative work.

In this course, the process of the reception of Indian artefacts is to be comprehensively reconstructed - from the creation of the artefacts in India, their transfer to Europe, their whereabouts in European collections on to their acceptance in the artistic process, in which both prominently representatives as Rembrandt and less known artists as Willem Schellinks and Bernard Picart were involved. On the basis of image and text analyses (mandatory for all students), the course particularly focusses on the content and quality of the processes of transformation. The aim of the course is to scrutinize common methodological means in art history and widen its perspective by using findings in the transcultural studies to gain an open view on European art of the Early Modern Period beyond a Eurecentric understanding.

Fridays, fortnightly, 9am to 1pm, KJC 002

Jennifer Pochodzalla, M.A.

Tutorial/ Exercise

Skills, Tools and Methods of Transcultural Studies

This tutorial aims at introducing useful tools and methods of academic research to the new MATS students. Besides providing academic tools like citation systems, libraries and databases, the tutorial will also prepare the students for analysing texts/charts/pictures, giving presentations and writing seminar papers. Main questions we will address are: How do I prepare a good presentation? How does a term paper look like and what makes a good term paper? How do I describe pictures/charts adequately? How do I quote correctly? Which tools can I use for researching for a presentation/term paper?

Thursdays, 9 to 11am, KJC 212