Updated: May 20
COVID-19 has plunged us into an abyss of online posts, images, jokes, wisdom and the things people do to keep busy. But the way things are going now, online working and learning seem to be here to stay. It has probably changed the face of the interaction and exchange of knowledge, skills and business forever. Forbes says "when global health emergencies take place, they often bring to light gaps within the infrastructure of the world—and the workplace. It’s up to businesses to recognize these gaps and make improvements to protect their employees in the future." The company confirms our suspicion that it is going to lead to a permanent turn to less travel and more reliance on tech. What are the dynosaurs in our midst going to do!! I'm not talking here about the Alpha Generation and cronies who are born with mobile devices. No, the other end of people, those without much tech skills. Simple. They are going to catch up and get with. And it's not difficult. Mercifully most software has become super user-friendly and much more accessible. So together we stand ...
Seriously, we've discovered that it's nicer and more productive to work from home and online because there is less travel time and we are happier people being in the comfort of our homes. So, due to a CAP workshop being cancelled due to COVID-19, I jumped on the bandwagon and turned my physical workshops in contemporary art practice into online courses. It was quite a learning curve moving from academic writing—aimed at (mostly printed) journal publication—to a different, much more concise medium with more visual material, a more popular approach and web-based intertextual reference. And given our current corona predicament, I'm sure I'm not the only academic who went this way.
One of the modules that forms part of the Short Course on Applied Art History is Writing About Art. In this module I look at journalistic versus academic writing about art; different formats of writing, such as the exhibition review; the catalogue essay; the theoretical art essay/academic article on art; and the artist statement. I consider various interpretational vantage points such as the biographical, comparative, historical, contextual and theoretical frameworks. Two theoretical frameworks that are shortly introduced are decoloniality and feminism. There is much additional reading and recommended resources included in this module, to serve as examples of good quality writing about art.
Short course 4: Applied Art History
Target Audience: Art lovers or artists who want to learn how to write about art and want to understand the different styles, conventions and content required.
Course Duration: There is a one-month limit to do the courses after registration. It is difficult to determine how long it will take you to complete the course. The average time to read through the tutorial material is about 3 hours, but it can be longer, depending on how much time you spend on the links. This Module has much reading to do, so it can actually take you much longer to complete.
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