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2020/21 Taught Postgraduate Module Catalogue

ARTF5052M Adventures in the Archive

30 creditsClass Size: 18

Module manager: Gill Park
Email: g.park@leeds.ac.uk

Taught: Semester 2 (Jan to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2020/21

This module is not approved as an Elective

Module summary

Adventures in the Archives is an interdisciplinary module that overlaps discourses such as photography & moving image, curatorial studies, historical studies, anthropology, critical studies, architecture, and cultural studies. We invite students from a range of disciplines, to consider ideas around the notions of archive, memory and history; and their relation to contemporary life today.

Objectives

On this module students will be asked to consider the notions of archive, memory and history; and their relation to contemporary life today.
They will be expected to explore in-depth, the ways that the archive could be reflected on, investigated and disseminated through artistic and/or curatorial research.
They will be asked to experiment with various methods and initiatives that could make an archive accessible to a larger audience.
They will also be expected to evaluate and respond to the processes of digitalisation and its effect on archival material/ archival research.
In doing this they will be expected to rethink the relationship between individual and collective subjectivity i.e. how artists encounter an archive, how practitioners write about it, and the variety of forms that artists use to restage their findings either visually or textually.

Learning outcomes
By the end of this module students will be able to:
1. consider the notions of archive, memory and history; and their relation to contemporary life today.
2. understand the ways that the archive can be reflected on, investigated and disseminated through artistic research by various activities (i.e. group seminars, fieldwork, reading groups and studio tutorials).
3. envisage, experiment, evaluate and estimate various methods and initiatives that could make an archive accessible to a larger audience i.e. by creating a new body of work in response to an archive, by curating an exhibition and by planning different public programmes that could activate the archive (workshop, symposium and screenings).
4. evaluate and respond to process of digitalisation and its effect on archival material/ archival research.
5. rethink the relationship between individual and collective subjectivity i.e. how artists encounter an archive, how practitioners write about it, and the variety of forms that artists use to restage their findings either visually or textually.


Syllabus

Students will critically explore a range of theories, exhibitions and artistic practices that respond to, intervene in or re-present the archive. Indicative topics include: archives/memory/history; archives and exhibitions; artistic responses; making archives accessible; digital archives; the future of the archive.

Teaching methods

Due to COVID-19, teaching and assessment activities are being kept under review - see module enrolment pages for information

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Lecture101.0010.00
Seminar102.0020.00
Private study hours270.00
Total Contact hours30.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)300.00

Private study

Students will be expected to spend time exploring a range of artists work, critical texts and curatorial projects in order to develop a contextual understanding of archival practice.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Formative feedback will take the form of an individual presentation and a written proposal for the final creative outcome.

Methods of assessment

Due to COVID-19, teaching and assessment activities are being kept under review - see module enrolment pages for information


Coursework
Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Essay3,000 words60.00
ProjectCreative outcome exhibition/artwork40.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 10/08/2020 08:33:46

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