2018 - 2019

  Visual Culture Between Origins and Originality                                                       
Naomi Meiri-DannClassrooms - Dan David203Mon1400-1800 Sem  2
University credit hours:  4.0

Course description

The seminar will be dedicated to the study of cultural discourses concerning the tension between the past and the present, between origin and originality. During the course we shall examine this complex phenomenon through the ages, from antiquity to the present, not necessarily in chronological order, as manifested in the "High" arts as well as the popular culture. We shall analyze the common aspects and the unique aspects which highlights the numerous terms related to the subject: homage, citation, revival (or Renaissance), comeback, retro, inspiration, pastiche, imitation, copies and forgeries. We will try to unveil the differences between homage and the demolition of a myth, between revival and survival, between trends and isolated stances, between "neo" and nostalgia, between inspiration and correspondence and between what is perceived as allowed and what is not.

Using the examples and case studies presented in the course we shall follow the complex rout beginning with the selection of the sources of inspiration, followed by the decision as of the nature of their "use" and concluding with producing an original work of art.

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