Knowledge: after following this course the student is able to:
- Comprehend and critically evaluate recent theories of globalization.
- Comprehend and analyze the emergence and development of global exchange in the context of 20th-century and contemporary art.
- Analyze and interpret various artefacts, artworks, and artistic practices from the perspective of globalization, with a focus on identity, cultural survival and meaning-making.
Skills: after following this course the student is able to:
- Analyze and evaluate academic literature regarding art and globalization.
- Write about an art work or artistic practice in relation to the dynamics of globalization (blogs, reviews, essays etc.)
Character building: after completing this course the student is able to evaluate, discuss, and form opinions on the consequences of globalization as expressed and performed in a variety of artistic practices and media.
Globalization is one of the most controversial issues to be debated in the humanities and social sciences today. Whether seen as a set of cultural processes or economic complexes, this phenomenon is considered by many theorists to be characterized by sustained and regular exchanges that forge interdependencies and a sense of interconnectivity on a worldwide scale, resulting in, or contributing to, the development of a global consciousness. Globalization emphasizes difference, promotes pluralism, and increases diversity through the accelerating circulation of a multiplicity of cultural practices. This phenomenon is intensified by the mass movement of peoples (voluntary or involuntary) and the creation of diasporas, as well as the transcultural dissemination and consumption of artworks and related artistic practices. Yet at the same time globalization appears to be bound up with the need for standardization and intercultural compatibility, while requiring the creation of interfaces and protocols for exchange; in this way it may be said to institute some degree of cultural homogeneity and to trigger the sharing of common artistic practices by geographically dispersed communities. This paradox is the central issue of this course. Discussion will focus on globalization and its influence on the production of artworks in a range of media and artistic practices. After three introductory sessions (focusing on theories of globalization), each session presents a cultural artefact, artist, or institutional practice as point of departure for discussion.