Pointless? Conceptualism in the arts with reference to music

Ref: C2226641

From Dada and Duchamp to Ono and Enim, this course will explore the way in which conceptualism changed the way we listen, see and feel about the arts with particular reference to the influence of conceptualism on music and musicians. With traditional aesthetics, material concerns and forms apparently overthrown how do we account for the huge influence of collage, minimalism and repetition on the 20th and 21st century art and music outputs of major composers, lyricists and cross-over artists. Christo, Lennon and many more artists will surge through our deliberation and debate.

Additional information about this course

Half term break on 21/02/2020

Course aim

A study of creative art in which the concepts and ideas involved take precedence over traditional aesthetics, material concerns and forms.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • explore the broad subject of 'anti-art' and conceptualism and develop new insights into the ideas and meanings of art works produced over 100 years since Dada.
  • broaded our horizon to define 'what is culture?'
  • explain the social purpose of these art works for the time of creation to our own time in the 21st century
  • discuss and engage in the learning community
  • have confidence and skills to discuss and understand how conceptual-inspired art contributes to the wider culture of our times

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you and the group to be actively involved in your learning
  • You may be asked to undertake additional work in your own time to support your learning

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • A range of informal activities will be used by the tutor to see what you are learning which may include quizzes, question and answer, small projects and discussion
  • You will have opportunities to discuss your progress with your tutor
  • You will be encouraged to share your work with the group and discuss your learning
  • You will be encouraged to consider other students work and give your opinions and suggestions

What else do I need to know?

  • Nothing else is needed

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required
  • No pre reading is required but research on the subject on the internet or in the library may be helpful

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider

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Pointless? Conceptualism in the arts with reference to music

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  • You have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • You are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2019
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