Visualising "Nature": Landscape, Land Art and Environmental Ethics
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- 31 Jul 2023
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- Analyse and evaluate ethical debates and ideas that apply to current ecological and environmental issues within a contemporary art context.
- Articulate and develop an understanding of changing interpretations of the landscape tradition and their relation to ecological issues.
- Demonstrate a broad understanding of how art is made and responds to its cultural, political and historical context.
- Consolidate advanced research, critical and reflective thinking and writing skills by evaluating key ideas and concepts.
- • How visual culture shapes our understanding of what is ‘nature’.
- • The Western landscape tradition.
- • How traditional landscape has been challenged by First Nations care for Country through art
- • Land art.
- • Environmental ethics.
- • ‘Nature’ Photography and social activism.
- • Contemporary art and climate emergency.
Past La Trobe University students who have previously completed ARH3ENV (From The Sublime To Activism: Art and The Environment) are ineligible to enrol in this subject. Pre-requisites: Students must have completed 60 credit points of Level one or Level two subjects.
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Our understanding of what is ‘nature’ or ‘natural’ is embedded in systems of value that are thoroughly mediated by representations in art and visual culture. In Western philosophical traditions, ‘nature’ has been understood as separate from ‘culture’ and as such more easily cast as a resource to be exploited for the benefit of humans. First Nations peoples have a more relational integrated worldview where human beings are but one component of a complex and ever-changing web of relationships. In this subject, you explore how these ideas are shaped by and reflected in various visual approaches over time, and critically consider the role that visualisations of ‘nature’ play in processes of social change. You focus on: the Western landscape tradition and its transformation at the encounter with Indigenous representations of Country; the influence of land art in its many manifestations on how we conceive of human/nature relations; and the long history and contemporary examples of artistic projects and interventions driven by the desire for environmental justice.
- Case Study 1 (1000 words equiv.) (25%)
- Case Study 2 (1000 words) (25%)
- Research essay (2000 words) (50%)
Current study term: 30 Jul 23 to 27 Oct 23
Textbook information is pending.