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Photography: Critical, Contextual and Theoretical Thinking

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Publication in the Diário da República: Despacho n.º 2435/2023 de 17/02/2023

6 ECTS; 3º Ano, 1º Semestre, 60,0 S + 5,0 OT , Cód. 964578.

- Ana Rita de Sousa Gaspar Vieira

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a) Develop and deepen knowledge about critical thinking in Contemporary Art and Photography; contributing to an understanding of photography as part of a broader cultural process;
b) Cross information on critical thinking in Contemporary Art and Photography, building a relational vision and reciprocal contagion between photographic practice in particular and art in general;
c) Provide analysis tools adapted to a critical reflection on the practice of photography, so that students can build a written, articulated, solid and personal discourse having as a starting point a personal image referent or that of others;
d) Identify the contingencies of critical thinking in the practice of Photography in contemporary times, considering that any event is always hostage to its context, the relationships between artistic production and the contextual particularity and specificity of its production and materialization are always constitutive and constructive of the work itself.

1. Operative fields and definition of concepts having as a starting point the production side, to develop a critical and operative awareness about the implications of the productive act in the exhibition moment and vice versa;
2. Modernism, criticism and refoundation and its reverberations for contemporary artistic practice;
3. Contemporary art in general and the practice of Photography in particular, analyzed in terms of their multiple directions and conceptual contingencies. The practice of photography juxtaposed and in a symbiotic relationship with the context of time and space.
3.1. Photography as a practice of its time and as a means/vehicle for problematizing memory.

Evaluation Methodology
Presentation, defense and discussion of practical work proposed individually (70%)
Assessment is continuous (30%);
Students with a classification equal to or greater than 10 are exempt from the exam;

Students who throughout the semester have not attended at least 2/3 of the classes will be excluded from the final evaluation;

In the context of the exam, the same practical work will be requested as in the context of continuous assessment (80%) and a supplementary exercise proposed for the exam situation (20%).

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(2000). O Olho e o espí­rito. (Vol. 1). Lisboa: Veja
(2013). O Que Vemos, O Que nos Olh. (Vol. 1). Lisboa: Editora 34
(2006). Un Arte Contextual. (Vol. 1). Murcia: Cendeac

Teaching Method
Theoretical classes of oral exposition, debates, practical examples, analysis of texts, individual and group presentations.

Software used in class
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