HIST06014 2019 Visual and Material Culture 1 (Introduction & Historical Survey)
VMC1 comprises an introductory survey to varying aspects of Western Art, Architecture & Design and visual/material culture from Classical times to the advent of Modernism in the early 20th Century. The course is thematic in nature but the broader contexts of production, consumption and reception are major considerations in the evaluation and analysis of images, artefacts, architectural structures, Interior Design and performance/media-based work.
On completion of this module the learner will/should be able to;
Recognise the importance of historical, social and cultural conditions that relate to an exploration of visual and material culture in general and the fields of art, design, media and architecture in particular.
Understand how art/design/media & architectural culture changes with context.
Explore the use and application of relevant critical and theoretical terms and vocabularies relevant to the discipline-specific field and/or area.
Apply basic research processes and strategies and identify suitable research sources for the analysis of discipline-specific artefacts, pieces, media and/or structures.
Identify relevant historical periods, styles and cultural, scientific and technological timelines when engaging in visual interpretations and use this material in their own project/studio work.
Teaching and Learning Strategies
The Teaching and Learning strategies for VMC1 comprises a series of 12 thematic common lectures and weekly 2-hour discipline-specific seminar and/or workshop-based activities. Lectures supported by images and texts, provide the themes concepts and general context. Seminars offer opportunities for more detailed thematic, media process-based analyses, textual analyses and discipline-specific group discussion. Workshops allow for focused interaction, research methodologies and oral communication strategies.
Module Assessment Strategies
Required elements are outlined in the module handbook with opportunities to demonstrate learning across a range of activities based on both written assignment(s) and presentation(s). Through the module assessments, students familiarise themselves with research and visual methodologies and discover ways in which basic information literacy skills are used in the field of History/Theory of Art and Design,Visual and Material Culture and Architectural Design.
The assessment strategy focuses on the students introduction to :
- Interpretative/historical research
- Visual analyses and academic writing
- Oral and visual Presentation
- Discipline-specific research
Repeat projects based on failed CA components from assignments issued during course of semester.
The syllabus and assessments are designed to support the development of academic skills, including inductions to using libraries and archives, critical reading skills, writing skills, working with feedback, avoiding plagiarism, referencing, as well as note taking, planning and time management skills. Indicative VMC1 Syllabus
- The ABC of Seeing. Introduction to Visual / Material Culture. Discipline-specific seminars
- Classicism 1 (Greek & Roman Antiquity) & Classicism 2 (Renaissance & 19th C Revivalism)
- Media 1 Bayeux Tapestry: (Then and Now) Propaganda, Art & Politics. Formal Analysis /Contextual Analysis / Referencing; Harvard / MLA Styles
- Expressionism 1: Age of Illusion & Expressionism 2: The Grid & Abstraction: Early Christianity and the Spiritual Dimension Christianity Idea of the Secular: Humanism, Capitalism and Subjectivity
- Industrial Revolution: Modernism & Functionalism & The Bauhaus Manifesto. Science, Technology and the World of Ideas. The Built Environment, Space and Interior Design
- Fair, Exhibition, Expo: Immersion & Storytelling, The Digital Self
- Land, Landscape & The Environment: Concept of Nature. Wilderness Sustainability
- Body, Portrait, Figuration: 3D, Installation Theatre, Performance & the Visual Arts
- The Manifesto: The student Artist Designer Architect Director!
The discipline-specific seminar areas introduce the students to the interdisciplinary potential of the above as contextual knowledge:
- History of Art/Design/Media/Architecture History: language, themes and concepts
- Formal and Contextual analysis strategies
- Information Literacy Skills
- Approaches to Visual Research: Processes, Methodologies & Strategies
- VMC Research Sources
Coursework & Assessment Breakdown
|Title||Type||Form||Percent||Week||Learning Outcomes Assessed|
|1||Assignment VMC Timeline||Continuous Assessment||Essay||35 %||Week 6||2,4,5|
|2||Essay Thematic Essay||Continuous Assessment||Essay||55 %||Week 12||1,3,4|
|3||Image Quiz||Continuous Assessment||Multiple Choice||10 %||Week 13||1|
Full Time Mode Workload
|Lecture||Lecture Theatre||Core Lectures||1||Weekly||1.00|
|Seminar||Flat Classroom||Discipline-Specific Seminar||2||Weekly||2.00|
Required & Recommended Book List
2012-01-10 Visual Culture Polity
ISBN 9780745650715 ISBN-13 0745650716
"The first part of the book is concerned with differing theoretical approaches to visual analysis, and includes chapters on iconology, form, art history, ideology, semiotics and hermeneutics. The second part shifts from a theoretical to a medium-based approach and comprises chapters on fine art, photography, film, television and new media. These investigate the complex relationship between reality and visual representation." -- Book Jacket.
2016-03-10 Visual Methodologies Sage Publications Limited
ISBN 1473948908 ISBN-13 9781473948907
A new edition of Gillian Rose's bestselling guide to researching the visual. With over 28,000 copies sold worldwide, it is the go-to book for students and researchers across the social sciences and humanities.
2010 Mirror of the World
ISBN 0500287546 ISBN-13 9780500287545
Traces the evolution of art throughout numerous cultures to offer insight into how regional and historical factors shaped aesthetic development, in a global survey that draws connections between different locations and cultures while citing famous and lesser-known landmarks.
2006-04-13 Phaidon Design Classics Phaidon Press
ISBN 0714843997 ISBN-13 9780714843995
V.1 Pioneers. -- v.2 Mass production. -- v.3 New technologies.
2013 Images Bloomsbury Academic
No Marketing Blurb
2007 Rethinking Technology
ISBN 0415346541 ISBN-13 9780415346542
This book is an essential reference for all students of architecture, design and the built environment providing a convenient single source for all the key texts in the fast developing discipline of the philosophy of technology. The authors focus on the interplay between technology and society and consider the impact of technology on fields as diverse as: art and visual culture; politics, the environment, gender and the hottest topic of all in today's digitally mediated world the promise of a virtual future inside the fluid 'space' of the computer.
2004 Words and Buildings
ISBN 0500284709 ISBN-13 9780500284704
Available again, a wholly original study of the complex relationship between architecture and language that has changed and enriched the way we think and talk about architecture.The words we use when we talk and write about architecture describe more than just bricks and mortar they direct the ways we think of and live with buildings. This groundbreaking book is the first thorough examination of the complex relationship between architecture and language as intricate social practices. Six rigorously argued chapters investigate the language of modernism, language and drawing, masculine and feminine architecture, language metaphors, science in architecture, and the social properties of architecture. There follows a vocabulary of key words such as Character, Form, History and Space, locating each words modern meaning within an historical and theoretical framework, and setting out clearly its development and relevance for architects, historians, philosophers, critics and the users of the buildings themselves. Architects should be made to read Words and Buildings Architecture Today Unusually clear and accessible Students of all kinds will love this book The Architectural Review A forceful, clear and sophisticated exposition of the role of conceptual thought in architectural discourse The Architects Journal
2014 Biennale 2014. Elements. Ediz. americana Marsilio Editori
ISBN 8831720198 ISBN-13 9788831720199
Architecture is a strange mixture of persistence and flux, an amalgamation of elements -- some that have been around for over 5,000 years and others that were (re)invented yesterday. The fact that these elements change independently of each other, according to different cycles and economies, and for different reasons, turns each building into a complex collage of the archaic and the current, the site-specific and the standard, mechanical smoothness and the spontaneous. Only by looking at the elements under a wide lens can we recognize the cultural preferences, forgotten symbolism, technological advances, mutations triggered by intensifying global exchange, climatic adaptions, political calculations, regulatory requirements, new digital regimes, and, somewhere in the mix -- the ideas of the architect that constitute the practice of architecture today. A collection of these essential elements into 15 books in a package launched at the 2014 Venice Biennale that allows us to look through a microscope at the real fundamentals of our buildings and see again the essential design techniques used by any architect, anywhere, anytime.
2006 Ideas Weidenfeld and Nicholson
ISBN 0753820897 ISBN-13 9780753820896
In this hugely ambitious and exciting book Peter Watson tells the history of ideas from prehistory to the present day, leading to a new way of telling the history of the world. The book begins over a million years ago with a discussion of how the earliest ideas might have originated. Looking at animal behaviour that appears to require some thought: tool-making, territoriality, counting, language (or at least sounds), pairbonding. Peter Watson moves on to the apeman and the development of simple ideas such as cooking, the earliest language, the emergence of family life. All the obvious areas are tackled: the Ancient Greeks, Christian theology, the ideas of Jesus, astrological thought, the soul, the self, beliefs about the heavens, the ideas of Islam, the Crusades, humanism, the Renaissance, Gutenberg and the book, the scientific revolution, the age of discovery, Shakespeare, the idea of Revolution, the Romantic imagination, Darwin, imperialism, modernism, Freud right up to the present day and the internet.
Adamson G. (2013) The Invention of Craft Berg
Berger A & A (2009) What Objects Mean: An Introduction to Material Culture, Left Coast Press
Berger, J. (1977) Ways of Seeing Penguin,
Busch A. (2004) The Uncommon Life of Common Objects, Metropolis Books
Ching FM (2006) Global History of Architecture, Wiley
Curtis W. (1996) Modern Architecture Since 1900, 3rd Edition Phaidon
Edwards J. (1999) Art and its Histories Yale Uni. Press,
Evans, J. and S Hall, eds.(2001) Visual Culture: The Reader. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage
Evans C. & S. Garner ed. (2012) Design and Designing: A Critical Introduction Berg
Hann M (2013) Symbol, Pattern and Symmetry: The Cultural Significance of Structure Bloomsbury Academic
Kingery D. ed. (1996) Learning from Things: Method & Theory of Material Culture Studies Smithsonian Inst. Press
Lang J (2005) Urban Design: A Typology of procedures & Products, Architectural Press
Mirzoeff N. (1999) An Introduction to Visual Culture. New York: Routledge
NIAH (2007) An Introduction to the Architectural Heritage of Counties of Ireland, Dept. of Environment, Heritage & Local Government
Sparke P. (2004) An Introduction to Design and Culture: 1900 to the Present 2nd edition Routledge
Staniszewski M-A, (1995) Believing is Seeing, Penguin
Taylor M. ed. (2013)Interior Design and Architecture:Critical and Primary Sources Bloomsbury Academic
See IT Sligo Yeats Library Faculty and Department resources.
IT Sligo Yeats Library library.itsligo.ie/my-course/engineering-design/ Fine Art, Design, Architecture, Interior Architecture & Design, Performing Arts.
Example Fine Art, https://libguides.itsligo.ie/c.php?g=547305&p=4613726
Irish Architectural Archive: https://iarc.ie/about-the-iaa/