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Aeron M. Bergman
BISCLA 380
Bothell Campus

Arts in Context

Considers literary, visual, performing art forms and traditions set within their specific political, historical, social, religious, or philosophical, and aesthetic contexts. Encourages students to explore original sources and scholarly research, building understanding and awareness of visual, literary, and kinetic analysis and interpretation.

Class description

This course will entail intensive reading and discussion on highly relevant art theory texts in contemporary art today. We will cover texts by theorists and philosophers such as Boris Groys, Franco Berardi Bifo, Chris Kraus, Jan Verwoert, Maria Lind, Judith Butler, Pierre Bourdieu, Lucy R. Lippard, Walter Benjamin, Hannah Arendt and more. Students who follow the readings and attend class can expect to gain a deep understanding of the references, dialogues and arguments that inform contemporary art.

Students will need to read one or two texts every week and come to class with comments, questions and thoughts. The course encourages critical thinking and dialectics. Students will need to contribute to class dialogue. Together, as a group, we will generate ideas, arguments and meaningful knowledge.

Students will be required to write a developed, critical text about an art work at the end of the quarter.

Student learning goals

Students will gain a deeper understanding of contemporary art.

Students will gain a deeper understanding of art theory.

General method of instruction

Readings, lectures and discussions.

Recommended preparation

Class assignments and grading

Participation and completion of readings/assignments.


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Aeron M. Bergman
Date: 04/02/2014