Class Art, Culture and Communication

  • Presentation


    This CU critically discusses concepts of culture in its relation to communication and the arts. From anthropological definitions of culture to sociological definitions of the cultural field as connected to artistic practices (high and low culture, mass culture, network culture), the place of these practices in contemporary interconnected societies and the power of artistic representations in both the legitimation of hegemonic and counter-hegemonic narratives is debated. The debate on the definitions of the artistic object is brought to contextualize the critical role that has been attributed to contemporary arts. Some examples of feminist and post-colonial criticism in the arts are mobilized for this purpose.

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  • Syllabus


    art I : Issues of culture and communication 

    Definitions of culture: 
    Anthropological notion of culture
    The "cultural turn": Stuart Hall and the school of Cultural Studies.
    Cultural studies, language and the media.
    Sociological notion of culture: cultivated, popular and mass; high and low culture; 
    Culture industries
     The convergence of art, culture and communication:
    The transformations of art through technical reproducibility: Walter Benjamin's reflections and a case study on theatre photography in Portugal
    The contemporary media environment and the new "imaginary museums".
    Cultural marketing in the digital context.
    Part II: Art issues

    Definitions of art
     From essentialist theories of art to theories of the symbolic functioning of art
    The contemporary art system: cultural management issues
    Gender representations in art
    Art and feminism: the "art without history" of women artists
    Rethinking the colonial heritage: reparations policies in Europe

  • Objectives


    • Knowing how to discuss the configurations of the notion of culture
    • Knowing how to identify the artistic phenomenon as a cultural phenomenon
    • Knowing some aspects of cultural and arts management practices
    • Knowing some cultural marketing strategies in the digital environment
    • Reflecting on emerging themes in culture, the media and the arts, namely gender studies and post-colonial studies.
  • Teaching methodologies and assessment

    Teaching methodologies and assessment

    Encouraging research practices in class that generate debate, based on topics linked to the programme. Use of moodle tools (tests, quizzes, etc.)

  • References


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    HALL, S., ed. 2003. Representation: Cultural Representations and Signifying Practices. London, Thousand Oaks and New Delhi: Sage Publications. 

    KOTLER, N. G., KOTLER P. e KOTLER, W. Y.. 2008. Museum Marketing and Strategy. Designing Missions, Building Audiences and Generating Revenue and Resources. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass Edition.

    LIMA DOS SANTOS, M.L., “I. Questionamento à volta de três noções” in MELO, Alexandre (Org.), Arte e Dinheiro, Lisboa, Assírio & Alvim, 1994, pp. 101 - 120. 

    OAKLEY, K.; O’CONNOR, J.(org.) (2015). The Routledge Companion to the Cultural Industries. Oxon and New York, Routledge.

    D’OREY, Carmo (1990). «O que é a arte?» ou «Quando há arte?». Revista Análise, nº 14, Imprensa Nacional Casa da Moeda.

    MELO, Alexandre (2001). As três dimensões do sistema. In: Arte. Lisboa, Editora Quimera,  pp. 29-52.

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