The minor's goal
The minor in Visual Art and Society is a collaboration between the Art History, History and Dutch Language and Culture programs. It consists of four courses (30 EC in total), introducing key aspects of modern visual and sensual cultures over the period 1850 to today.
Why is our culture so ocularcentric? How did the hierarchy of the senses come into being and can we overturn it? What is the perceptual impact of the so called lower senses (touch, smell, taste)… ? How do art and politics behave and act in moments of crisis and situations of political and social conflict? How do artists, writers, designers, architects… use Manifestos to express their desire for another kind of world, another kind of art and literature…? These and other questions will be answered by docents and they will be researched by students.
How? By taking a closer look at Instagram, literature, art, magazines, cooking, photography, film, fashion, shops and shopping, city planning, perfume, exhibitions, war and terror, politics and much more.
You will learn methods, theories and conceptual frameworks enabling you to delve deeper into this extensive domain of study. You will learn to consider the societal and ideological treatment of images and the political and economic realities in which they circulate. You will learn how to contextualise artistic Manifestos and you will learn different methodologies by which you can research our sensual and visual experience of art, literature, film, and other both artistic as well as non-artistic cultural objects and events.