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ACV207 - Fear and Loathing in the Visual Arts: Art Since 1989

Unit details

Year2017 unit information
Enrolment modes:Trimester 1: Burwood (Melbourne), Waterfront (Geelong)
Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Unit chair:

Jondi Keane





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Contact hours:

1 x 1 hour Class per week, 1 x 2 hour Seminar per week


This unit investigates theoretical discourses surrounding visual arts practice post-1989. Events of 1989 such as the fall of the Berlin Wall (hastening the end of the Cold War Period), Tiananamen Square, the beginnings of the World Wide Web, AIDS activism, the Exxon Valdez oil spill and the aftermaths of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster mark the year as a seminal one in historical, political, social and cultural terms. It also marks the emergence of a new era of shifting borders, the triumph of the virtual (and burgeoning digital media), re-considerations of notions of gender and identity, and the predominance of a postmodern view that held fragmentation and pluralism over the grand narratives of progress. The period also challenges further the boundaries of perceived high and low art.


Minor essay, 1200 words, 30%

Independently created visual artwork, 1200 word equivalent, 30%

Curatorial brief, 1600 word equivalent, 40%

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