Course Content (Syllabus)
The related activities are conected to projects, examining the "places" of artistic practice in contemporary culture and the rhetoric of images. Emphasis is placed on the visual arts, but other arts are not excluded (cinema, theater, music, dance). With the synergy of the teachers, the theoretical lessons and the scientific support of the artwork, students examine topics, such as the value of use, the value of worship and the exponential value in works of art, the formation of subjective and collective taste, the relationship between individual production and institutional practices, the role of individual intent in constructing the meaning of the work of art, the influence, contrast and relevance to the sources of inspiration (high/low, naive, primitive, external), the relationship between the truth and authenticity and heteronomous uses the art (e.g., transcendental, decoration, activism), the function and maintenance of the categorical discrimination that artworks (education, therapy, play) constitute in other fields, in contrast to or in accordance with, the strictly technical, intra-systemic aspects of proprietary means of painting.
Students are involved in two main activities:
(A) With a series of studio-produced imagination-provoking works that broaden officially accepted orthodoxy.
(B) With beeing introduced to the world of contemporary art through selected readings, lectures, careful analysis and recording of their proposal as well as that of other artists with whom they relate and proportionate.
Practical studio skills are best developed and tested while confronting the central task of consistently articulating artistic ideas through a durable and consistent medium of expression. Visits to museums, galleries and other cultural and commercial venues are required, as well as participation in designated cooperative and participatory events.
At least 4 small projects, individually and collectively, are implemented in the third year beyond the requirement of general education in Painting and must come from the co-decision of teachers and students.