Art-Arch-Lands: Object-based Humanities

Faculteit Letteren
Jaar 2019/20
Vakcode LKX034B05
Vaknaam Art-Arch-Lands: Object-based Humanities
Niveau(s) facultaire minor
Voertaal Engels
Periode semester I b
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Uitgebreide vaknaam Art-Architecture-Landscape: Object-based Humanities
Omschrijving As part of the pre-master minor Art & Culture, this course prepares students for one of the master tracks offered by the Institute of History of Art, Architecture and Landscape, their common ground being a focus on the material object. In art history, the discipline itself developed out of a theoretical and historical reflection upon the uniquely crafted, material artifact; in architecture, the object-based approach culminated in two complementary vocabularies: whereas engineers focus on materials and construction, architects developed a precise vocabulary to describe the composition, ornamentation and functions of buildings. Landscapes are either designed or natural, their material qualities combine the soil (including its geological qualities and its systems) and all kinds of (cultivated) vegetation and – most importantly – its evolution over time. The common ground of AAL has a long history, in which knowledge about making was shared across these disciplines: the 18th Century handbook The school of arts, or, New book of useful knowledge, for instance, taught its readers how to tend crops, read maps, but also paint with oil. Today, an object-based approach understands the meaning of artifacts (literally: skillfully made objects) by asking how and from what they are shaped, how they endure and change over time, and how they affect those who live with and in them. The course combines lectures and on-site assignments, and complements text-based historical research with documentary methods, such as mapping, photography, and drawing. Introductory lectures are followed by seminars and excursions, during which the students encounter a range of methods to study artworks, buildings, and landscapes. Based on an artefact of his/her choice each student creates a portfolio that traces its multifaceted object-biography.
Uren per week 4
Onderwijsvorm werkcollege
Toetsvorm nog niet bekend
Vaksoort bachelor
Coördinator prof. dr. A.S. Lehmann
Docent(en) prof. dr. A.S. Lehmann ,prof. dr. ir. M. Spek ,prof. dr. C. Wagenaar
Opmerkingen premaster minor KCW, ook voor KCM
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Opleiding Jaar Periode Type
xFacultaire Minor Art History 3 semester I b verplicht
xFacultaire Minor History of Architecture and Town Planning 3 semester I b verplicht
xFacultaire Minor Landscape History 3 semester I b verplicht