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Contextualizing 4

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Course code
Included in study programme
MFA in Art and Public Space

Brief course description

Contextualization 4 includes theory, reflection, methodology, art history in general and the history of art in public space in particular. It also addresses issues and problems related to documentation and communicating with others, facilitating their encounters and experiences with art. The theoretical content ranges from general art theory to specialized theory for art in public spaces. The student will become familiar with critical reflection and discussion, also developing an ability for the same, both in relation to his/her own artistic practice and in relation to other disciplines and areas of activity in society. This should result in the student gaining insight into his/her own artistic position as regards theory and methodology.

The course’s specific aim is that the student should internalize theoretical insight for sake of practical use by focusing on socio-historical changes in the understanding of art in public space. The course offers analytical tools, demonstrates how artistic methods are used in practice and provides conditions for creating art in public space. It gives an historical, art-theoretical and practical artistic view of the relations between art and its contexts.

The course’s learning outcomes

On completion of the course, the student will:

  • possess specialized theoretical and historical knowledge about the production of art outside the traditional spaces of art institutions
  • possess specific knowledge about socio-historical changes in the understanding of the public sphere
  • have developed an ability to analyse art’s contextual issues and problems
  • be able to articulate, both orally and in writing, about his/her own artistic practice, presenting it in theoretical, historical, cultural and political contexts
  • have developed an ability to analyse and reflect critically on art’s role in the public sphere
  • have developed a deep understanding of disciplinerelated issues and history
  • be able to use critical insight, applying it to his/her own artistic research and reflection

Teaching and learning methods

Lectures, presentations, discussions, excursions, text production, group work, independent work, workshops and practical assignments

Coursework requirements:

The student must actively participate in discussions and complete and submit all written and practical assignments and/or presentations. There is an 80 percent attendance requirement for all organized teaching.


The tutor/teachers will give the student feedback at regular intervals throughout both semesters. Coursework requirements must be met. Assessment is made on the basis of the student’s presentation of his/her own work in a plenary session.

The course is graded as pass/fail.