A Companion to Contemporary Art is a major survey covering the major works and movements, the most important theoretical developments, and the historical, social, political, and aesthetic issues in contemporary art since 1945, primarily in the Euro-American context. Collects 27 original essays by expert scholars describing the current state of scholarship in art history and visual studies, and pointing to future directions in the field. Contains dual chronological and thematic coverage of the major themes in the art of our time: politics, culture wars, public space, diaspora, the artist, identity politics, the body, and visual culture. Offers synthetic analysis, as well as new approaches to, debates central to the visual arts since 1945 such as those addressing formalism, the avant-garde, the role of the artist, technology and art, and the society of the spectacle.
Advertising Empire – Race and Visual Culture in Imperial Germany
The Skull - exploring the icon, from fashion to street art. Skulls have always captured the human imagination. This extraordinary collection of the most engaging and intriguing images of the skull from pop culture around the world presents a visual feast of the ultimate doom-laden image. Here you will find the skull in graphic novels, manga, graphic design, art, costume, make-up, vintage advertising and popular culture, along with the just plain weird. Page after page of stunning photographs reveal an incredible diversity of interpretations of the iconic image.
This book explores the connections and disconnections encoded in verbal, written and visual languages in two parallel practices in contemporary Australian culture. Predominant is a research project involving Australian urban aerosol graffiti otherwise referred to as writing. Laterally, the other documents a studio practice informed by the first. In each, two forms of expression, graphism and language, are inextricably entwined. Writing might be hypothesized as a battle between insiders and outsiders. Alternatively the practice may be a counteraction to one-sided and authoritarian forms of communication, a response to typographic print culture or a retreat to a medieval chirographic culture. In writing, a confusion of texts, characterizations and iconography from various traditions and styles frequently converge on the walls. Multiple inter-texts coalesce in implicit visual and verbal expressions in the sub-culture that is urban graffiti.
In the 90s in Egypt, an artistic vernacular style was defined by urban artists that attempted to bridge the gap between Eastern and Western mores and values as transmitted by visual culture. Their approaches and techniques used a hybridized version of East-West visual motifs that questioned the underlying assumptions of consumer culture that had arrived with the flood of Western advertising at the same time as it defined its own home grown aesthetics. This book studies the photo-based works of three Egyptian contemporary visual artists Sabah Naim, Hazem Taha Hussein and Nermine Hammam and questions the influence of practicing photo-documentation and advertising techniques on their personal visual production. The three artists were born and educated in Egypt, and currently live and work in Cairo, Egypt, and the three of them have exhibited internationally in the past decade.
The skull is one of the most recognizable symbols of todays contemporary visual culture. Since its 1970s renaissance in the iconic album designs of bands such as the Grateful Dead, the skull has found its way into the visual vocabulary of urban life, adorning T-Shirts, badges and rock memorabilia as the ultimate symbol of anarchy and rebellion. Repurposed and recast by artists, illustrators and designers, it has become one of the most iconic cultural symbols of our time. In response to this cultural phenomenon, "The Book of Skulls" presents a cool visual guide to the skull, charting its rebirth through music and street fashion to become todays ultimate anti-establishment icon. From Black Sabbath to Cypress Hill, skater punk graffiti to Gothic tattoos, from high-couture to Hello Kitty and Dali to Damien Hirst, this book is the ultimate collection of cool and iconic skull motifs. Drawing together artwork from music, fashion, street art and graphic design The Book of Skulls is a celebration of one of todays most iconic cultural symbols.
This study explores the state of art education in Turkey as revealed by pre-service art education university instructors, and the potential of incorporating visual culture studies in pre-service art education in Turkey. The instructors’ ideas about visual culture and its impact on art education, its contents (objects), and its practices within the context of Turkey are examined, with a focus on a pedagogical approach that emphasizes the perception and critique of popular culture and everyday cultural experiences, and the analysis of media including television programs, computer games, the internet, and advertisements. The aim of the study is to benefit pre-service art teacher education in Turkey and in general. It provides the rationale, the nature and pedagogy of visual culture, and provides insights into the potential contribution of the concept of visual culture to the understanding of art and improvement of art teacher training.
The rise of digital photography and imaging has transformed the landscape of visual communication and culture. Events, activities, moments, objects, and people are ‘captured' and distributed as images on an unprecedented scale. Many of these are shared publicly; some remain private, others become intellectual property, and some have the potential to shape global events. In this timely introduction, the ubiquity of photography is explored in relation to interdisciplinary debates about changes in the production, distribution, and consumption of images in digital culture. Ubiquitous Photography provides a critical examination of the technologies, practices, and cultural significance of digital photography, placing the phenomenon in historical, social, and political-economic context. It examines shifts in image-making, storage, commodification, and interpretation as highly significant processes of digitally mediated communication in an increasingly image-rich culture. It covers debates in social and cultural theory, the history and politics of image-making and manipulation, the current explosion in amateur photography, tagging and sharing via social networking, and citizen journalism. The book engages with key contemporary theoretical issues about memory and mobility, authorship and authenticity, immediacy and preservation, and the increased visibility of ordinary social life. Drawing upon a range of sources and original empirical research, Ubiquitous Photography provides a comprehensive introduction to critical academic debate and concrete developments in the field of digital photography. It is essential reading for students and scholars interested in media and society, visual culture, and digital technology.
This book situates Bollywood dance and dance reality shows at the center of the changing visual culture in India, and builds upon theories from the fields of anthropology, dance studies, philosophy, media studies, gender studies, and postcolonial theory to tell the story of the transformation of contemporary Indian dance.
Being and Becoming Visible – Women, Performance, and Visual Culture
Being and Becoming Visible – Women, Performance and Visual Culture
The study of visual culture in art education is a student-centered approach to art education that standard the learners’ benefits and awareness of the media images they see daily and reverence their wish to contribute in the making of such media. Visual Culture advocates student engagement, alone or in groups, with the meanings of images they see, manipulation and recycling of digital imagery as a way of knowing, and analytical reflection before, during, and after the process of making art. Moreover study and inquiry from the last 20 years has strongly supported for the addition of the four art dominants as curriculum elements: art history and culture, art criticism, art production and aesthetics. The exploration of these components is also related with improvement of discipline-based art education (DBAE) and they stay to conductor curriculum content decision-making in standards-based programs nowadays. The goal of this study was introduce a new method of teaching painting using Discipline-Based Art Education and Visual Culture Art Education model.
Gestalten's best-selling Logos series has documented and indicated design styles and trends in contemporary logo design worldwide. Dos Logos is a comprehensive visual encyclopedia that presents over 2,300 new examples and stylistic approaches by international designers including more unusual logo applications, once again offering an essential resource for all designers. To allow comparison in a thematic context, they are classified into chapters according to the industry or purpose for which they were created including "Corporate", "Culture", "Fashion", "In Motion & Games" and "Political & Social". Dos Logos also features a comprehensive index.
How do performers and artists use media technologies to create live events? How have developments in audio-visual technology changed the relationship between the spectator and the performer? How can performance respond to the technology-saturated consciousness of contemporary culture? What are the key concepts and terms needed to understand multimedia performance? Multimedia Performance provides a comprehensive overview of the development, theory and definitive characteristics of this rapidly developing and popular area of practice. Drawing on case studies from across a wide range of contemporary performance, the book introduces key artists, companies and debates. Klich and Scheer describe new and emergent forms including video performance, digital theatre, interactive dramaturgies and immersive environments, presenting an up-to-date analysis of the evolving relationship between technology and aesthetics in contemporary performance culture. Exploring the different ways in which technology can activate new aesthetic potentials and audience experiences, Multimedia Performance demonstrates the vital role of multimedia technologies in contemporary theatre practice. Supported by illustrations, media theory and textboxes, this is important reading for anyone interested in questions of the live and the mediated aspects of performance, and essential reading for students of theatre and performance.