People working across all creative sectors enrich their professional practice through their understanding of creative history and theory.
This project comprises the development of three pieces of writing in the form of review/critical analysis: a form of seeing and writing that examines content in detail in order to discover meaning.
Writing a review of creative content consists of a set of ‘ingredients’ that communicate both ideas and descriptions with a balance of objectivity and informed opinion. An art review should position the reviewed work within either a broader social context/history or within the practice of a particular media. It should also provide the readers with a framework for developing their own opinion. An objective and informed voice is an essential ingredient of the review.
This first assessment task will give you a chance to demonstrate your research and writing skills. It will involve selection, research and critical analysis in the form of 3 written pieces based upon aspects of creativity and art works that will be discussed during Cultural Studies this semester.
The two pieces will cover the following areas:
Piece 1: Indigenous Art - examine and review a selection of Indigenous art from the NGV Australia at Federation Square focusing on the nature of creativity, what it means to the artists and the indigenous people, and what it means to different viewers and theorists in the context of contemporary art.
Piece 2: You may choose from one of the following selected themes discussed in class: Remix Art, Collaborative Art, Artists as Agents of Change, Artists & Archives. This piece will involve the critical analysis of an artist or selection of artists that work within one of those themes exploring the nature of creativity in these areas and the implications of this in the contemporary art world today.
You will be assessed on your selection process, the research you have undertaken to investigate your chosen works/creators, your critical analysis of the information found in your research, and the way you present the knowledge you have gained as presentation and written content.
Your texts will comprise short essays/reviews of approximately 800 - 1000 words for piece 1 and 1800 - 2500 words for piece 2. You should include images in your document if they are properly referenced. You must reference your research sources, and create a bibliography at the end of your text. You will be shown the correct standards and procedures to use for citation, referencing and bibliography in class.
Accompany your reviews with at least three quotes that have been derived from your independent research of the content, and at least one selected support image per artwork that clearly communicates the work.
All forms of support material should represent and reinforce your written focus. Relevance and the capacity to inform and add value to your opinion or argument about the supporting research material should be a prerequisite in your selection of material.
- Use of diverse research sources - first-hand experience of pieces in galleries where possible, online content, any electronic or hard-copy publications you can find relating to the works, the artists & the genres being investigated;
- Use of word processing software such as Microsoft Word or OpenOffice (free software) to develop your written pieces;
- Inclusion of digital images in your document where necessary;
- Transposing your work to your blog - including upload and insertion of images and/or other relevant media;
Project guidelines & Working questions
The broad ingredients of a review consist of an informative overview and an informed opinion of the content. This information is derived from both primary and secondary forms of research.
A well-researched review contributes to a well-informed or qualified opinion.
Primary research is derived directly. This will be a result of you seeing the artwork first hand. Secondary research is derived from indirect sources such as art books or journals, catalogue text, on-line research, gallery websites, etc. This will be a product of your follow-up research.
One approach in describing an artwork can consider the discussion of Form, Content and Context of the work.
- What do you see?
- What are the elements, components or materials that comprise the artwork?
- How have the materials comprising the work been treated?
- How has the space surrounding the work been treated?
- What is the style of the work? Can you think of any other work that sits within this known style?
- Compare this other work with the work you have selected to review. How are they similar? How are they different?
- What is the work about?
- How do you think the artist[s] has treated the formal elements to influence the viewers’ experience of the work? for example: Has the treatment of materials impacted upon the meaning of the work?
- Do you think the viewers’ experience of the work is directly linked to the content of the work?
- Has the environment surrounding the work become part of the work? How has this been achieved?
- If the work is other than a 2-dimensional work, where is it? How does it interact with its installation?
- Is the site an important part of the context and how does it interact with other works in its proximity?
- If the work is 2-dimensional what is the social context of the work? Within what body of work does it exist and how does it fit within that work?
- Does the work react to works created either before or at the same time? What are the specifics of this relationship?
- How does the Time and Place (geospatial location) of the work's creation impact upon how that work might be understood?
- How does this work fit into a continuum of the History of Creativity? The previous question about Time and Place may help you think about our understanding of artworks and how these understandings may change over time.
- Based on the above research, do you think the work you have chosen is a successful example of work within its context? What has lead to your opinion?
- Though this opinion is subjective, consider qualifying your opinion with evidence to support your discussion and/or argument.
- Clear written expression
- Clear and concise discussion of form
- Clear and concise discussion of content
- Clear and concise discussion of context
- Relevant support material
- Varied and relevant independent research
- Incorporation of research and references into body of discussion
- Comparative analysis
- Grounded and informed expression of opinion
- Concisely expressed ideas and points
- Correct use of reference, quotation and bibliography.
- Grammatically correct text without typographical error (read your work aloud or have others read your work & use spell-check please).
Piece 1: 800 - 1000 words. In-line images for works discussed.
Piece 2: 1800 - 2500 words. In-line images for works discussed.
Save your work as word processing document, published in PDF format to be uploaded to your blog when complete.