After completing this course, participants should have:
1. a well-developed understanding of the range of practices that comprise community art around the world;
2. a firm theoretical grounding in the various theoretical and art-historical debates that have shaped both the thinking on and practices of community art in the contemporary moment;
3. an understanding of the work of community artists in relation to urban life, municipal and state governance, local politics and activism;
4. a basic knowledge of the audiovisual techniques and qualitative research methods necessary to conduct research on community art and artists.
After completing the course, participants will be able to:
1. hold informed perspectives and engage in scholarly and mainstream debates on issues arising out of community art and its various forms of social intervention;
2. develop their own theoretical/activist/practitioner perspectives on community art;
3. understand the conceptualization and creative processes involved in community art-making;
4. conduct primary qualitative and audiovisual research on community art practices, particularly in urban contexts;
5. clearly articulate and present their ideas, concepts and research findings in written and oral form, during a (public) presentation and in an expository paper.
Priority rules apply to this course. Make sure you register for this course before 15 November 12.00 noon to be considered for enrollment. The following students are guaranteed a place:
Other students will be placed by means of random selection.
- BA TCS or LAS;
- students who are registered for the minor Creative Cities;
- pre-master’s students;
- exchange students.
This course provides the student with a critical introduction to the practical and theoretical dimensions of community arts. Community arts can be loosely defined as a way of creating art in which professional artists collaborate more or less intensively with people who do not normally actively engage in the arts. The basis for this practice is a carefully constructed and maintained reciprocal relationship between artists and non-artists, from which original, innovative and socially relevant art emerges. Community art involves all arts disciplines and can be found in all corners of the world: in immigrant working-class areas, in prisons, in rural communities, in (former) war zones, etc. In the Netherlands, for example, it is a rapidly expanding field that operates mostly, but not exclusively, outside of the mainstream or avant-garde. Because it challenges traditional notions of (autonomous) art-making, community art reconfigures existing art theory and criticism in an attempt to validate itself both socially and culturally. The course familiarizes students with the diversity of community arts practices around the world and with the wide range of scholarly perspectives on community arts. As small, multilingual research teams, students will conduct fieldwork in ongoing community arts projects in Utrecht or elsewhere in the Netherlands, blog their results, and present these to the class each week.
This course is part of the minor Creative Cities.
LAS and TCS students who follow this course as part of the core curriculum of their major, need to complete a compulsory preparation course/assignment. See for more information: https://tcs.sites.uu.nl/
Voorkennis kan worden opgedaan met
|General knowledge about art & society in the student's country of origin.|
Bronnen van zelfstudie
|Visiting community art projects in the students' city of residence.|
|Eugene van Erven, ICAF In the Picture (Rotterdam: RWT, 2014): https://www.icafrotterdam.com/nl/highlights/boek-icaf-in-the-picture-online/page:7|
Petra Kuppers, Community Performance: An Introduction (London & New York: Routledge, 2007)
|Different journal texts and book chapters will be made available on Blackboard.|Werkvormen
Voorbereiding bijeenkomstenCarefully and critically read the assigned texts before class.
AlgemeenDuring the plenary sessions (which last 2 hours), students will be introduced to practical examples of community art and key theoretical concepts that relate to community art worldwide. In the laboratory sessions (also 2 hours long), students will receive training in audiovisual documentation (mobile journalism) and field research (ethnography, observation, interviews). From the fifth week on, students will be expected to conduct field research in groups in ongoing community art projects.
Voorbereiding bijeenkomstenExchange students are expected to be able to critically respond to complex English language texts. Their spoken and written English needs to be excellent in order to fully engage in this module.
Bijdrage aan groepswerkActive participation in discussions, good team work (thoughtful towards international students, being prepared to pull one's weight), a sensitive attitude towards the hosts during the field work stage, and productive collaboration in preparing the presentations. This is an intensive course that requires: active participation in discussions; efficient and fully co-operative team-based fieldwork (involving deep inter-cultural awareness and sensitivity between local and international students).
BeoordelingPresence in class and active participation and punctuality are mandatory. Active participation in class will reflect how diligently you have prepared and have engaged with the issues and tasks.
BeoordelingMain points of assessment will be the student's ability to critically engage with any of the theoretical themes or debates raised in the course. Correct grammar and academic annotation will also be assessed. Maximum word count is 1400.
DeadlinesDeadline for the midterm paper is end of week 5.
Aspecten van academische vorming
| • Academisch denken, werken en handelen • Communicatieve vaardigheden • Kennis hanteren in een bredere context |
BeoordelingLast day of class, a final multimedia presentation of the field research. A high level of creativity is expected and extensive use of blogged fieldnotes.
Aspecten van academische vorming
| • Academisch denken, werken en handelen • Presenteren - een referaat/pleidooi voorbereiden, uitvoeren en evalueren • Communicatieve vaardigheden • Samenwerken met anderen, werken in teamverband • Maatschappelijke / culturele context • Ethisch perspectief • Kennis hanteren in een bredere context • Hanteren van wetenschappelijk instrumentarium |
BeoordelingAn individual audiovisual project; a written team proposal for the final audiovisual presentation (both due in week 5) and the team’s documentation of the fieldwork (due in week 9).
Deadlinesweek 5 and week 9
Aspecten van academische vorming
| • Academisch denken, werken en handelen • Communicatieve vaardigheden • Samenwerken met anderen, werken in teamverband • Organisatorische vaardigheden • Maatschappelijke / culturele context • Ethisch perspectief • Kennis hanteren in een bredere context • Hanteren van wetenschappelijk instrumentarium |