After successful completion of this course, the student has:
After completing the course, students will be able to:
- knowledge and understanding of the art and cultural history and theory of the senses, including the visual sense
- knowledge and understanding of art and performance as a potential locus for sensory experiment
- critical awareness about the commodification of the senses
- a skills set enabling them to think, act and communicate at an academic level and in line with academic standards of conduct ('academic integrity').
- explore a broad theoretical field (sensory history and theory) and critically evaluate different interpretations of issues having to do with the history and theory of the senses and formulate their own viewpoint;
- work in accordance with academic standards.
In the course, we question Western ocularcentrism and the modernist segmentation of our sensory functions and sensorial experiences. Students are familiarized with philosophical, artistic and scientific ideas that questions the supremacy of the eye, the modernist hierarchy of the senses and the division of our sensory functions. Through lectures, guest lectures, museum visits, experiments, discussions and the intensive study of texts students will learn to be more attentive to how our sensorium functions. They will learn to analyse art, film, fashion, design, consumer goods, environments… from a multisensorial perspective and they will learn to take the interrelations that exists between the different senses into account in their scientific work.
|IngangseisenVoorkennis kan worden opgedaan met
Bronnen van zelfstudie
|Hal Foster (ed.), 'Vision and Visuality, Discussions in Contemporary Culture', Bay Press, Dia Art Foundation, Seattle, 1988.|
Martin Jay, 'Downcast Eyes: The Denigration of Vision in Twentieth-century French Thought', University of California Press.
|Jütte Robert, A History of the Senses: From Antiquity to Cyberspace (Polity, 2004).|
Howes, David, ed. A Cultural History of the Senses in the Modern Age: 1920 – 2000. London – Oxford: Bloomsbury, 2016.
Howes, David and Constance Classen. Ways of Sensing: Understanding the Senses in Society. London and New York: Routledge, 2014.
Bacci, Fr. & Melcher, D., Art and the senses, Oxford University Press, 2008.
AlgemeenIntroductory lectures, class discussions based on texts, experiments and excursions to museums
Voorbereiding bijeenkomstenThorough preparation of class readings, thorough preparation of presentations
Bijdrage aan groepswerkActive participation in group discussions teamwork, planning and coordinating peer review each others texts and/or oral presentations.
Beoordeling1. critical understanding of theories about visuality and the senses; critical understanding of cultural hierarchies that exist with regard to the senses, visuality as well as critical understanding of anti-ocular theories and philosophies 2. ability to use theories and tools for analysis in concrete cases
DeadlinesWill be announced at the start of the course.
Aspecten van academische vorming
| • Academisch denken, werken en handelen • Kennis hanteren in een bredere context • Hanteren van wetenschappelijk instrumentarium |