Set Essay Questions Arts 231 2010-09-24

Select an essay question from the list below. You will note that there is a question corresponding to each week¶s lecture content.

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Bouncing off the way in which the invention of plastic ushered in a new world of design, select and discuss an area of contemporary design where material innovation is promoting creative design. Your discussion should theorize how the nature of the material is itself shaping certain outcomes. Your analysis should proceed by way of examples. Mattel, the makers of Barbie carefully monitor patterns of popular consumption of its products. This raises the debate of whether cultural trends in girl culture are controlled by Mattel or whether Mattel is controlled by them. Pursue this debate with popular cultural examples based on your own research. You may also jump the question into boy culture and the role of , for example, action hero dolls. Roland Barthes famously explored semiotic approaches to visual analysis. For example, utilizing De Saussure¶s linguistic theories he analysed the TV staging of boxing matches and how magazine covers work to convey messages at a mythological level. Read his book Mythologies then select and perform your own ³Barthean´ analysis of something found in contemporary visual culture. Third wave feminism has elaborately investigated how women are constructed. Judith Butler¶s theories of the performative have had particular impact. Is masculinity performed in the same way? Are men real? Extend Bahktin¶s theory of the carnivalesque into contemporary visual culture. Is it still a useful way of approaching certain areas of visual art and design practice.? Argue with examples. You may also include film and other electronic media. Writes Susan Sonntag ³ever since cameras were invented in 1839, photography has kept company with death.´ Unpack this tantalizing statement. The word ³deconstruct´ has entered popular language but in a watereddown form that has lost its original mean as formulated by the French philosopher, Derrida. Based on a reading of Derrida (available in a digestible form in Jonathan Cullers¶ book On Deconstruction) discuss how

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deconstruction has intersected with theories of the post-modern in contemporary visual culture. You may focus on just one film and investigate in depth or adopt a more expansive approach. Outsider art is. y y y y WRITING YOUR OWN ESSAY QUESTION You may also formulate your own essay question. 2 . and to what effect. but it must be discussed with your lecturer before being approved. What is an animal and what is a post-modern animal? Approach these questions by looking at one or more visual artists who deal with complex issues surround animal/human-animal relations. y Desire drives consumerism and also visual consumerism but how to do begin to theorize it? Explore the role of desire in contemporary advertising and by paying close attention to selected examples. how. Taking his key concept of ³becoming animal ³discuss contemporary vampire films (or a chosen equivalent). discuss how desire is imagined and asked to work to sell products. Everyone seems to know what is kitsch as soon as they see it ± but asked to explain. Explain why. well. You may submit proposals by email and/or arrange to see the lecturer. Investigate contemporary art and design practice that might be said to be kitsch. they grind to a confused stand-still. outside the canons of acceptable art and design practice. Why is it important to look at outsider art and what can we learn from such investigations? Discuss with reference to actual outsider work. Deleuze continues to have a significant impact on contemporary visual theory. You need to do this by OCTOBER 6TH.

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