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Audio-Visual Avant-Gardes (TH237)

MODULE CREDITS: 15 or 30

What exactly does ‘avant-garde’ mean? And how does it differ from terms such as ‘underground’, ‘experimental’ and ‘subcultural’?

In this module you’ll explore the history of avant-garde film, video, sound, and installation work by engaging conceptually and practically with its forms, movements and practices.

We’re also interested in exploring the exchange and interaction between avant-garde and popular cultures.

We’ll think about where the term ‘avant-garde’ comes from, placing it within the context from which it emerges and then tracing how it has been employed at different times and in different places, from the early twentieth century to the present day.

You’ll take a wide-ranging look at ideas of the avant-garde and study a diverse range of texts, movements and trends, from the 'high art' domain of 1920s avant-garde film to the popular eruptions of early 80s hip-hop.

Class Location and Time

MONDAY 0900-1300 G53

Assessment

15 CAT 30 CAT

50% - Essay (2500 words)

50% - 1.5 Hour Written Examination

25% - Essay (2500 words)

25% - Critical Review

50 % - 3 Hour Written Examination

 

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Dr Michael Pigott

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