ACV207 - Materialising the Image: Visual Art and Photography Since 1989


2020 unit information

Enrolment modes:

Final year of offer 2020

Trimester 1: Burwood (Melbourne), Waterfront (Geelong), CBD*

Credit point(s): 1
EFTSL value: 0.125
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Study commitment

Students will on average spend 150-hours over the teaching period undertaking the teaching, learning and assessment activities for this unit.

Scheduled learning activities - campus

1 x 1-hour class per week, 1 x 2-hour seminar per week


*CBD refers to the National Indigenous Knowledges, Education, Research and Innovation (NIKERI) Institute; Community Based Delivery


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), Tiananmen Square, the beginnings of the World Wide Web, AIDS activism, the Exxon Valdez oil spill and the aftermaths of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster-all 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 challenges the boundaries of perceived high and low art and these significant changes impact upon the role and development of contemporary art.

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