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Part Five – Assignment 5: Brainstorm and Outline

In what ways do video installations differ from films shown in a cinema? List the physical differences and use these as evidence to explain the differences in experience and aesthetic appreciation. Think about the environment as well as the immediate space in which a film is shown. Consider the types of film and select an example for more detailed discussion.…

Part Four – Assignment 4: Refining Argumentation

Assignment task: Given the nature of difference-in-itself, or what we have referred to as theoretical difference, it would be an error to say that it appears in some works and not others. It would also be an error to think that difference was the only thing a work had to offer. However, with some caution and a little licence, we…

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Part Four – Assignment 4: Difference in perspectives and finding potential

Given the nature of difference-in-itself, or what we have referred to as theoretical difference, it would be an error to say that it appears in some works and not others. It would also be an error to think that difference was the only thing a work had to offer. However, with some caution and a little licence, we can show…

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Preparation A4 – Space, conceptual art and institutional critique

Michael Asher’s work in the Claire Copley Gallery (1974) addressed the gallery space as artwork from a perceptual and a social context perspective. As seen before it is important for the reception of any artwork to consider the historical context as well as the social and art theory context of his time. Otherwise, when looking backwards one may be biased…

Preparation A4 – Michael Asher’s works and key concepts

Asher’s Work in the 1970s Michael Asher (1943- 2012), an American Conceptual Artist from Los Angeles, was and is considered as one of the founder of ‘Institutional Critique’.  A. Fraser (2011) looked specifically at the context of artists as Daniel Buren, Hans Haacke, Marcel Broodthaers, and Michael Asher and their influence of the conceptual critique of Modernist institutions. Asher’s works…

Part Four – Assignment 4: Brainstorm and Outline

After I decided which artwork I was going to use for my assignment, I went similar to my previous assignment through a step-by-step approach. Here my brainstorming results with some phrasing of concepts and working thesis for my essay: The paradox of difference – Artworks and institutions     and as pdf Main aspects related to difference: Institutational critique: difference…

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Part Four – Preparation for Assignment 4: Research and Refining selection

Based on my initial brainstorming, outline and further reading here my plan for argumentation What do I know of the six image? Before selecting the one for my essay I am going to look at all six artworks in chronological order, perhaps to see certain development in art history. Images collected for A4 on my Pinterest board for this assignment (https://www.pinterest.com/sjschaffeld/uvc-a4/):…

Part Four – Preparation for Assignment 4: Understanding question

Given the nature of difference-in-itself, or what we have referred to as theoretical difference, it would be an error to say that it appears in some works and not others. It would also be an error to think that difference was the only thing a work had to offer. However, with some caution and a little licence, we can show…

Assignment 3 Preparation: Refining argumentation

Based on feedback received (Peer review reflection) on my draft essay and with deeper reflection on what I want to say (position statements). Alongside the need for ruthless editing down and also to reject aspects that I personally find intriguing but not the most relevant,  I refined my statement, conclusion and argumentation. As planned in my reflection: Starting my with position…

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Assignment 3 Preparation: Developing arguments – draft state

The assignment task was to review the relevance of Plato’s Allegory of the Cave in today’s society. I looked at a wider scope of Plato’s motivation and Platonism in a cultural and philosophical background. Possible ways of answering where provided in the course material (guidance or restrictions?) by living in the dark, collective manipulation and resemblance of shadows with television…

Preparation A3 – Reality experience and embodied meaning

Introduction My research so far left me with an unsettling feeling that all theorists from Plato to Deleuze, the structuralists and post-structuralists were very much looking from a logocentric perspective. The tradition was based on the concept that language and writing followed ideas, other as the structuralists were taken the positions that meaning is the effect of language (Belsey, 2002,…

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Preparation A3 – Allegory of the Cave

My working thesis Reality perception a question of power  I looked at Plato and The Republic alongside the Simile of the Sun and the Divided Line in a previous post Here I will take the essence from the Allegory of the Cave, as part of my brainstorming and initial essay outline I read it once. I figured out that through…

Preparation A3 – Plato and a dualistic philosophy / The Republic

Plato (around 428  BC – around 348 BC) was student of Socrates and teacher of Aristotle and founder of the Academy in Athens. I wanted to understand more about the motivation and rationale behind Plato’s Politeia (The Republic). What was the background for him and what the idea that made him to write the Allegory of the Cave? As Deleuze…

Preparation A3 – Reality in film, between fiction and manipulation

In preparation for my assignment essay with regards to ‘shadows’ of reality on screens (TV, cinema) and the way we perceive or conceive reality, facts, and truth, I want to look on another category of visual culture: Documentary and Reality TV and how those provide us with illusions or delusions “Mirror with a Memory” – O. W. Holmes Holmes notion on photography…

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Preparation A3 – Representation (2)

Based on my previous reflections on Representation I researched more and read Mitchell’s argumentation on iconology (Mitchell, 1987) as I find it most relevant in understanding Plato’s Allegory of the Cave. How do we make image of objects? What is representation, what imagination, what illusion? How do we know what is real? It gave me some better understanding to see where…

Preparational thoughts for Exercise 3.8: Nature is Culture / Binary opposites, signs and meaning

Binary opposites, sign, representation and meaning  When people see things as beautiful, ugliness is created. When people see things as good, evil is created. Being and non-being produce each other. Difficult and easy complement each other. Long and short define each other. High and low oppose each other. Fore and aft follow each other. Tao Te Ching Binary oppositions: A…

Preparatary notes for Exercise 3.6: Misrepresentations

Conditions for Critical Thinking In an earlier post on the relativism in context of ‘fake news’ and divergent opinions and the challenges in postmodern education I reflected an article in the Swiss newspaper NZZ (Otto, 2017) – click here. This seems to be quite spot on the for my answer of the question of misrepresentations in a socially constructed world. Postmodern…

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Assignment 3: Brainstorming and Outline

Plato (Plátōn) 428/427 – 348/347 BC. Student of Socrates and teacher of Aristotle, Plato was a Greek philosopher and founder of the ‘Academy in Athens’. Plato was a prolific intellectual who influenced Western philosophy, poltical theory, and even art till today. Aristotle, Aquinus and Kant would be on a similar level. The famous ‘Allegory of the Cave’ is part of book…

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Assignment 2 Preparation: Developing arguments – draft state

This part is based on my initial brainstorming and outline, my prepatory researches on Allan McCollum’s work, art history of the ‘Monochrome‘ and the relationship to today’s visual culture and appropriation of McCollum’s ‘Surrogates’. Further I leveraged my learning from the coursework of ‘Modernism Explained’ One way I do see the evolution of painting: from the Albertian perspective as painting…

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Assignment 2 Preparation: The Spectator and the Simulacra

Here I am collecting loosely found images and texts related to visual perception of pictures in social and cultural context, more related to today’s visual environment rather than the 1980s. Relating this to Allan McCollum’s ‘Surrogates’ in a kind of visual confirmation of the alienated appeal of pictures as a situational background ‘noise’. In context of my earlier reference –…

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Assignment 2 Preparation: Monochrome in Art History

Part of the assignment is looking at the relationship of Allan McCollum’s ‘Surrogates’ and the monochrome painting that were created since Kazimir Malevich’s ‘Black Square’, 1915. I am not looking at monochrome paintings that are done with one or two hues only or the grisaille technique that was essential as part of chiarosuro and ‘illusionstic’ painting in art history. Here…

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Assignment 2 Preparation: Allan McCollum, Surrogates and his time

In preparation of my assignment with Allan McCollum-s ‘Plaster Surrogates’ as subject matter I am looking here more into the artist McCollum and his time in art and culture. For this purpose, I created a Pinterest board with collection of Allan McCollum’s works as well as with other assignment relevant images (e.g. ‘Monochrome’, cultural images) I describe here in the…

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Assignment 2 Preparation: Brainstorming and Outline

“In the hyperreality of pure simulacra, then, there is no more imitation, duplication, or parody.” – Jean Baudrillard   Understanding the assignment question and brainstorming ideas and keywords: remark: with support Inspiration® template Online images of Allan McCollum ‘Plaster Surrogates’: available from : ‘Collection Of Forty Plaster Surrogates‘, 1982 ‘Collection of Two Hundred Plaster Surrogates‘, 1982/1983-85 ‘Plaster Surrogates‘, 1982/84. Installation: Cash/Newhouse…