Photography and New Media in Contemporary Art

A.Y. 2021/2022
9
Max ECTS
60
Overall hours
SSD
L-ART/03
Language
Italian
Learning objectives
The course aims to provide students withthe essential historical knoledge and methodological perspective for the in-depht study of Twentieth-Century art researches, based on photography and new media.
Expected learning outcomes
- explain the fundamental theoretical and thematic issues concerning the artistic practices based on photography and new media in Twentieth-Century;
- explain the main trends in Contemporary art based on photography and new media in Twentieth-Century;
- analyze artworks based on photography and new media (technic, form, style), according to the specific cultural and historic context and by using an historic or critical method;
- apply different theoretical approaches and methods, getting a specific historiographical methodology to study subjects of lessons.
Course syllabus and organization

Single session

Responsible
Lesson period
Second semester
If the Covid-19 emergency should continue even in a.y. 2021/22, teaching will be delivered in person and online, both synchronously and asynchronously, through Ariel and Teams.
Students will find all the information to access the online lessons (links etc.) and any adjustment to the course program and bibliography by checking the course teaching site on Ariel.

If it will be required by health emergency, students will take the examination online, through the Teams platform, according to the procedures that will be notified on the Ariel page.
Course syllabus
Parte A (20 ore, 3 cfu):
Historical and methodological introduction
Parte B (20 ore, 3 cfu):
Photography and new media during '60s e '70s
Parte C (20 ore, 3 cfu; riservata agli studenti che sosterranno l'esame per 9 cfu):
A study case

Topics of lessons:
Part A: Historical and methodological introduction to the field of study: theoretical topics, themes and issues, historical models.
Part B: Photography and new media during '60s e '70s: international overview of art research based on photography and new media during '60s and '70s.
Part C: A study case: focus on Bruce Nauman (1941-).

The lessons include lectures by other professors and scholars, visits to museums, archives and exhibitions.

Attending lessons of Part A and B is requested for the exam of 6 ects; attending lessons of Part A, B and C is requested for the exam of 9 ects.
Prerequisites for admission
Very good knowledge of contemporary history and contemporary art history (since the Age of Enlightment to today), and of history of photography of Nineteenth-Century and Twentieth-Century.
Teaching methods
Different strategies and teaching methods:
- frontal lesson (by different approaches: analysis of single photographs, philological and archives paper-based analysis, critics and theoretical analysis, by studying historical, social and political background )
- interaction during frontal lessons
- Q&A and polling app
- group research projects
- guided tour in museums, exhibitions, archives
- seminars and study days
- after the end of lessons, the showed images will be available on Ariel website - Course on Photography and New Media in Contemporary Art
Teaching Resources
Study program (bibliography) for students ATTENDING THE LESSONS:
(Part A and B are requested for the exam of 6 ects)

Part A (3 ects)
- Topics of the lessons in Part A;
- Two books to be chosen by the student from the list below:
. Rosalind Krauss, Teoria e storia della fotografia, Milano, Bruno Mondadori, 1996 (ediz. italiana a cura di Elio Grazioli; 1a ediz. Le photographique. Pour une théorie des écarts, Paris, Macula, 1990);
. Roberto Signorini, Arte del fotografico. I confini della fotografia e la riflessione teorica degli ultimi vent'anni, Editore CRT, 2001 [Introduzione, Avvertenze, Capitolo 1, Intermezzo 1, Intermezzo 2];
. Valentina Valentini (a cura di), Le storie del video, Roma, Bulzoni editore, Roma 2003
. Domenico Quaranta, Media New Media, Postmedia, Postmedia Books, Milano 2018

Part B (3 ects)
- Topics of the lessons in Part B;
- A book to be chosen by the student from the list below:
. Adriano Altamira, La vera storia della fotografia concettuale, Area Imaging, Milano 2007;
. Rosalind Krauss, L'arte nell'era postmediale. Marcel Broodthaers, ad esempio, Postmedia Books, Milano 2005;
. Elena Volpato (a cura di), Cronostasi. Tempo filmico e tempo fotografico, Hopefulmonster, Torino 2009;
. Cosetta Saba (a cura di), Arte in videotape, Silvana Editoriale, Cinisello Balsamo 2007;
. Simonetta Fadda, Definizione zero. Origini della videoarte fra politica e comunicazione, Costa & Noland, Genova 2005;
. Lucy Lippard, Six Years: The Dematerialization of the Art Object from 1966 to 1972, University of California Press, 1997 (1° ed. 1973)
. Germano Celant, Precronistoria 1966-69, Quodlibet, Macerata 2017 (1° ed. 1976)
. Daniela Lancioni (a cura di), Anni '70. Arte a Roma, Iacobelli Editore, Roma 2013
. Cristina Casero, Elena Di Raddo (a cura di), Anni Settanta. La rivoluzione nei linguaggi dell'arte, Postmedia books, Milano 2015
. Lara Conte, Materia, corpo, azione. Ricerche artistiche processuali tra Europa e Stati Uniti. 1966-1970, Electa, Milano 2010

Part C (3 ects; it's requested for the exam of 9 ects)
- Topics of the lessons in Part C;
. Bruce Nauman. Contrapposto Studies, a cura di Carlos Basualdo, Caroline Bourgeois, Palazzo Grassi-Punt della Dogana / Marsilio, Venezia 2021
. Bruce Nauman, Inventa e muori. Interviste 1967-2001, a cura di Farid Rahimi, Milano, Gian Enzo Sperone, a+mbookstore edizioni, 2005;
. Please Pay Attention Please. Le parole di Bruce Nauman, a cura di Janet Kraynak, Postmedia Books, Milano 2004

At the end of lessons, images showed will be available on Ariel website - Course on History of Photography.

Study program (bibliography) for students NOT ATTENDING THE LESSONS:
(Part A and B are requested for the exam of 6 ects)

Attending lessons is strongly suggested and it is requested for students who aim to request a dissertation in History of Photography and History of Contemporary Art.

Part A (3 ects)
. Valentina Valentini (a cura di), Le storie del video, Roma, Bulzoni editore, Roma 2003
. Domenico Quaranta, Media New Media, Postmedia, Postmedia Books, Milano 2018
- A book to be chosen by the student from the list below:
. Rosalind Krauss, Teoria e storia della fotografia, Milano, Bruno Mondadori, 1996 (ediz. italiana a cura di Elio Grazioli; 1a ediz. Le photographique. Pour une théorie des écarts, Paris, Macula, 1990);
. Roberto Signorini, Arte del fotografico. I confini della fotografia e la riflessione teorica degli ultimi vent'anni, Editore CRT, 2001 [Introduzione, Avvertenze, Capitolo 1, Intermezzo 1, Intermezzo 2];

Part B (3 ects)
- Two books to be chosen by the student from the list below:
. Adriano Altamira, La vera storia della fotografia concettuale, Area Imaging, Milano 2007;
. Rosalind Krauss, L'arte nell'era postmediale. Marcel Broodthaers, ad esempio, Postmedia Books, Milano 2005;
. Elena Volpato (a cura di), Cronostasi. Tempo filmico e tempo fotografico, Hopefulmonster, Torino 2009;
. Cosetta Saba (a cura di), Arte in videotape, Silvana Editoriale, Cinisello Balsamo 2007;
. Simonetta Fadda, Definizione zero. Origini della videoarte fra politica e comunicazione, Costa & Noland, Genova 2005;
. Lucy Lippard, Six Years: The Dematerialization of the Art Object from 1966 to 1972, University of California Press, 1997 (1° ed. 1973)
. Germano Celant, Precronistoria 1966-69, Quodlibet, Macerata 2017 (1° ed. 1976)
. Daniela Lancioni (a cura di), Anni '70. Arte a Roma, Iacobelli Editore, Roma 2013
. Cristina Casero, Elena Di Raddo (a cura di), Anni Settanta. La rivoluzione nei linguaggi dell'arte, Postmedia books, Milano 2015
. Lara Conte, Materia, corpo, azione. Ricerche artistiche processuali tra Europa e Stati Uniti. 1966-1970, Electa, Milano 2010

Part C (3 ects; it's requested for the exam of 9 ects)
. Bruce Nauman. Contrapposto Studies, a cura di Carlos Basualdo, Caroline Bourgeois, Palazzo Grassi-Punt della Dogana / Marsilio, Venezia 2021
. Bruce Nauman, Inventa e muori. Interviste 1967-2001, a cura di Farid Rahimi, Milano, Gian Enzo Sperone, a+mbookstore edizioni, 2005;
. Please Pay Attention Please. Le parole di Bruce Nauman, a cura di Janet Kraynak, Postmedia Books, Milano 2004;
. Mario Diacono, Materia-destruttura: Richard Serra, Bruce Nauman, Joseph Kosuth, in Mario Diacono, KA. Da Kounellis ad Acconci. Arte materia concetto 1960-1975, Postmedia Books, Milano 2013, pp. 145-169.

Notes
International students or Erasmus incoming students are invited to contact the professor in order to agree upon the program.
Assessement methods for students with disabilities and/or DSA due to be planned with the professor, according to specific Unimi Office.
Students can find information by consulting website:
Gli studenti potranno trovare tutte le principali informazioni organizzative consultando sul web:
- Unimi website
http://www.unimi.it/
- Humanities Faculty website
http://www.studiumanistici.unimi.it/
- Cultural Heritage and Environment website
http://www.bac.unimi.it/
- History and Criticism of Art Master's Degree website
https://arte.cdl.unimi.it/it/avvisi
Assessment methods and Criteria
Assessment of knowledge and skills: by oral exam about topics of the program and starting from identification and analysis of artworks of Twentieth-Century.
Unita' didattica
L-ART/03 - HISTORY OF CONTEMPORARY ART - University credits: 6
Lessons: 40 hours
Unita' didattica
L-ART/03 - HISTORY OF CONTEMPORARY ART - University credits: 3
Lessons: 20 hours
Professor(s)
Reception:
Since September 21st, 2021: Tuesday, h. 2 pm; appointemt by email is requested.
Dipartimento di Beni culturali e ambientali, via Noto 8, Milan - 5° floor - classroom 2