HART3040 Breaking Art
- 6 points
If this unit does not have an online alternative, then students who are presently unable to enter Western Australia and whose studies would be delayed by an inability to complete this unit, should contact the unit coordinator (details given on this page) to ascertain, on an individual case-by-case basis, if alternate arrangements can be made to support their study in this unit.
Availability Location Mode Not available in 2021 UWA (Perth) Face to face Predominantly face-to-face. On campus attendance required to complete this unit. May have accompanying resources online.
- Details for undergraduate courses
- Level 3 option in the History of Art major sequence
- Level 3 elective
- The loss and destruction of art objects raises fundamental questions about their functions and value for historians, curators, artists and public alike. From the iconoclastic breaking of images, to the slow decay of neglect, from external impacts of war and looting, to inherent vice (i.e. the intrinsic instability of objects made from perishable or mutable materials like chocolate or wax), this unit examines the impact of loss on the making, the conservation and the study of art. It covers religious, political and aesthetic concepts underpinning the destruction of objects; it explores the material life and memory of the object; and it investigates how artists, curators and scholars alike engage with the temporality of art.
- Students are able to (1) actively participate in discussion and provoke debate; (2) employ skills in research, expression and critical thought including the use of library resources, essay writing and the critical use of primary and secondary materials; (3) synthesise visual analysis and the contextualisation of art works in broader historical and theoretical frameworks; (4) apply key theoretical approaches to contemporary practices of curation and conservation; and (5) understand historical and cultural contexts of the destruction and decay of artworks across a broad range of periods.
- Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) research proposal; (2) research essay; and (3) oral assessment. Further information is available in the unit outline.
Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit except in the case of a bachelor's pass degree student who has obtained a mark of 45 to 49 overall and is currently enrolled in this unit, and it is the only remaining unit that the student must pass in order to complete their course.
- Unit Coordinator(s)
- Dr Susanne Meurer
- Unit rules
- at least one Level 2 unit from the History of Art major sequence
- HART2040 Breaking Art
- Contact hours
- lectures: 2 hours per week; seminars: 2 hours per week
- The availability of units in Semester 1, 2, etc. was correct at the time of publication but may be subject to change.
- All students are responsible for identifying when they need assistance to improve their academic learning, research, English language and numeracy skills; seeking out the services and resources available to help them; and applying what they learn. Students are encouraged to register for free online support through GETSmart; to help themselves to the extensive range of resources on UWA's STUDYSmarter website; and to participate in WRITESmart and (ma+hs)Smart drop-ins and workshops.
- Unit readings, including any essential textbooks, are listed in the unit outline for each unit one week prior the commencement of study. The unit outline will be available via the LMS and the UWA Handbook. Reading lists and essential textbooks are subject to change each semester. Essential textbooks can be purchased from the commercial vendors to secure the best deal. The Student Guild can provide assistance on where to purchase books if required. Books can be purchased second hand at the Guild Secondhand bookshop (second floor, Guild Village), which is located on campus. Copies of textbooks and other readings will be made available for students to access from the Library, online wherever possible as well as in print.