Exhibiting Culture: Ink Remix

Past subject

Ink Remix

Australia 2015, biro, oil pen and gold leaf on paper, 200 x 546 x 6cm. Courtesy of the artist and Tina Keng Gallery.

As Bendigo Art Gallery's exclusive higher education partner, La Trobe University is pleased to offer this fully accredited subject to La Trobe undergraduate students and to members of the broader public who take up a 'single subject' enrolment.

Students will have the opportunity to enjoy access to the Ink Remix: contemporary art from China, Hong Kong and Taiwanexhibition at Bendigo Art Gallery. Leading La Trobe scholars and other experts will guide participants through an exploration of the exhibition, which encompasses works in a range of media, including painting, photography, video and animation produced by artists building on the traditions of Chinese ink literati painting and calligraphy. Artists include Peng Wei, He Xiangyu, Feng Mengbo, Hung Keung and Ni Youyu.

"Exhibiting Culture: Contemporary Art and Culture in China" is a subject tailored to this exhibition. The subject will explore themes related to history, the effects of modernisation and globalisation on society, the natural and urban environment, and concepts of culture and identity. The distinctive individual and regional perspectives, including Bendigo's rich Chinese heritage, will be covered.

This subject will be taught at the Gallery and the neighbouring La Trobe University Visual Arts Centre (VAC) over two weekends, embedding participants in this unique Bendigo Art Gallery exhibition, as researchers, critics, creative artists, and bloggers. It will also have additional learning support available online until the end of the Summer semester.

Attendance is required on the following dates: 4, 5 and 6 December and 12 and 13 December, 2015.

Subject Coordinator: Dr Sue Gillett

Subject outline

Exhibiting Culture A

Exhibiting Culture A is an immersive, gallery­-based subject, underpinned by La Trobe University's exclusive partnership with nationally and internationally renowned institutions. The subject is designed to deepen learning across a range of arts disciplines and creative practices, such as art history, social history, archaeology, philosophy, law, textual studies, education and politics, via the experience of a unique, curated exhibition.

While the subject content will vary in relation to the specific exhibition in which it is embedded, it will also address the following broad questions:

  • what type of exhibition is this
  • what holds this collection of cultural objects together
  • is it organised around a theme, a period, an artist, a significant individual, a movement, or something else
  • how does the exhibition direct inquiry and engagement
  • what types of knowledge does it produce; by what criteria can an exhibition be evaluated
  • how successful is this exhibition as a whole?

Assessment

  • Exhibition essay (30%)
  • In­depth investigation (30%)
  • Creative response (40%).

Intended learning outcomes

  • Apply a broad range of analytical, theoretical positions that relate to the exhibition and curatorial intent. Interpret and evaluate artworks in relation to a in-­depth research question.
  • Critically research a topic using relevant data sources.
  • Communicate visually and in writing your ideas and the relevant ideas of other relating to historical, curatorial and theoretical material explored in the research and the exhibition.
  • Evaluate your own creative arts or discipline­ based practice in relationship to a critical contextualised position.

Exhibiting Culture B

Exhibiting culture B extends the engagement in and with the curatorial space, in conjunction with La Trobe University's exclusive partnerships with nationally and internationally renowned institutions as a way to transform learning. Students engage in the experience of a unique, curated exhibition that is contextualised with a range of arts disciplines and creative practices, such as art history, social history, archaeology, philosophy, law, textual studies, education and politics, allows for critical and creative responses.

Attending to the experience of the exhibition is a way to critically question how it is curated; what types of knowledge does it produce; by what criteria can an exhibition be evaluated, and how successful is this exhibition as a whole? This subject consolidates the immersive gallery-­based experience with:

  • relevant contemporary and historic lectures
  • learning involvements and activities that afford a deepening engagement in inquiry
  • critical questioning
  • responding in ways that evaluate the experience, a theme, a period, an artist, a significant individual, a movement, or something else.

Assessment

  • Exhibition essay (30%)
  • In­depth investigation (30%)
  • Creative response (40%).

Intended learning outcomes

  • Apply a broad range of analytical, theoretical positions that relate to the exhibition and curatorial intent.
  • Interpret and evaluate artworks in relation to an in­-depth research question.
  • Critically research a topic using relevant data sources.
  • Communicate visually and in writing your ideas and the relevant ideas of other relating to historical, curatorial and theoretical material explored in the research and the exhibition.
  • Evaluate your own creative arts or discipline­ based practice in relationship to a critical contextualised position.