Contemporary Art and Politics

Course Information
TitleΣύγχρονη Τέχνη και Πολιτική / Contemporary Art and Politics
FacultySocial and Economic Sciences
SchoolPolitical Sciences
Cycle / Level1st / Undergraduate, 2nd / Postgraduate
Teaching PeriodWinter
CoordinatorYannis Stavrakakis
Course ID100001329

Class Information
Academic Year2018 – 2019
Class PeriodWinter
Faculty Instructors
Weekly Hours3
Class ID
Course Type 2016-2020
  • General Knowledge
Course Type 2011-2015
General Foundation
Mode of Delivery
  • Face to face
The course is also offered to exchange programme students.
Language of Instruction
  • Greek (Instruction, Examination)
Learning Outcomes
- Familiarity with the basic characteristics of the field of visual culture and aesthetics and with the various types of artistic practices, with special emphasis on the political dimensions of art. - Articulation of innovative interdisciplinary connections. - Collection and evaluation of evidence and research resources aiming at the study of the political connotations of contemporary art. - Processing and synthesis of information from a variety of sources (conventional and electronic) in order to develop organised and persuasive oral and written arguments.
General Competences
  • Apply knowledge in practice
  • Retrieve, analyse and synthesise data and information, with the use of necessary technologies
  • Work autonomously
  • Work in teams
  • Work in an interdisciplinary team
  • Appreciate diversity and multiculturality
  • Demonstrate social, professional and ethical commitment and sensitivity to gender issues
  • Be critical and self-critical
  • Advance free, creative and causative thinking
Course Content (Syllabus)
No artistic activity takes place in a vacuum. Artistic production responds to particular socio-political challenges and, in its turn, creates social and political effects. The relationship between art and politics is thus constitutive. This is paradigmatically shown in the activities of artistic avant-gardes within modernity. And vice-versa: the forces of domination have always tried to control and regulate the art-field, censoring and/or encouraging particular artistic traditions. Today, contemporary political theory and philosophy returns to reevaluate this ambivalent symbiotic relation between art and politics and to locate the radical potential of artistic practices. Within this framework, the emphasis of this course is placed on the following thematic clusters: α). Artistic avant-gard and social change, b). Censorship and resistance, c). Contemporary critical art, d). Art and democracy. We will discuss examples coming primarily from the visual arts, but also from literature, theatre and film.
art, visual arts, censorship, culture, critique
Educational Material Types
  • Notes
  • Multimedia
  • Book
Use of Information and Communication Technologies
Use of ICT
  • Use of ICT in Course Teaching
  • Use of ICT in Communication with Students
Course Organization
Reading Assigment491.8
Field trips and participation in conferences / seminars / activities100.4
Student Assessment
The exams of the course “Contemporary Art and Politics” are conducted orally as follows: The students will have to select a work of art of their personal choosing (artistic, literary, film, documentary, etc.) and prepare a brief paper of 2-3 pages in which they will (a) present briefly this artwork and (b) develop an argument highlighting its political character and the way in which it falls under the problematic of “art and politics” with reference to specific concepts and theorisations discussed during the lectures or analyzed in the textbooks and/or in the uploaded material in the e-learning platform of the course. During the oral examination, the students will present their chosen artwork and their reasoning around it and will engage in a dialogue with the other students and staff.
Student Assessment methods
  • Oral Exams (Summative)
  • Report (Summative)
Course Bibliography (Eudoxus)
Σταυρακάκης, Γιάννης & Σταφυλάκης, Κωστής (επιμ.) Το πολιτικό στη σύγχρονη τέχνη, Εκκρεμές, Αθήνα, 2008. Ζιώγας, Γιάννης, Καραμπίνης, Λεωνίδας, Σταυρακάκης, Γιάννης & Χριστόπουλος, Δημήτρης (επιμ.) Όψεις λογοκρίας στην Ελλάδα, Νεφέλη, Αθήνα, 2008.
Additional bibliography for study
Δασκαλοθανάσης, Νίκος, Ο καλλιτέχνης ως ιστορικό υποκείμενο από τον 19ο στον 21ο αιώνα, Άγρα, Αθήνα, 2004. Δημητρίου, Σωτήρης, Η πολιτική διάσταση στην τέχνη, Σαββάλας, Αθήνα, 2009. Λοϊζίδου, Νίκη, Απόγειο και κρίση της πρωτοποριακής ιδεολογίας, Νεφέλη, Αθήνα, 1992. Meier, Christian, Η πολιτική τέχνη της αρχαίας ελληνικής τραγωδίας, Καρδαμίτσα, Αθήνα, 1997. Τάκης, Ανδρέας, Για την ελευθερία της τέχνης: δοκίμιο πολιτικής και συνταγματικής θεωρίας, Αθήνα: Σαββάλας, 2008.
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