Installation and Superfiction

Subject VISM30014 (2010)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2010.

Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 3 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2010:

Semester 1, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period not applicable
Assessment Period End not applicable
Last date to Self-Enrol not applicable
Census Date not applicable
Last date to Withdraw without fail not applicable

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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: A 1-hour lecture and a 2-hour workshop and five hours studio access per week
Total Time Commitment: 3 contact hours/week , 5.5 additional hours/week. Total of 8.5 hours per week.
Prerequisites: 25 points of visual media at second year or equivalent.
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: 760-403 Visual Arts: Installation Projects; 760-347 Visual Arts: Installations
Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Students Experiencing Academic Disadvantage Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Description, Subject Objectives, Generic Skills and Assessment Requirements of this entry. The University is dedicated to provide support to those with special requirements. Further details on the disability support scheme can be found at the 3 Disability Liaison Unit website : 4

Subject Overview:

The subject introduces visual media students to installation art and the idea of the Superfiction. This includes broad introduction through theoretical lectures to: site specific art. process art. art in public spaces. earth works. deconstructive tendencies. video art. relational aesthetics. and performance art. The relationship between visual media and architecture will also be explored and contextualised, as will the relationship between curating and site specific visual media objects. Researching a large project and the appropriate use of materials techniques and processes will also be covered. With approval some students majoring in two and three-dimensional work may wish to collaborate on a single project. Through an understanding of the Superfiction, other students may present a small part of a much bigger project including research plans and models.

Objectives: Students who successfully complete this subject will be able to:
  • demonstrate an ability to evaluate and examine critically visual research material specifically related to installation and superfiction art at a local, national and international level;
  • identify the issues and responsibilities related to siting art in public places;
  • demonstrate an awareness of interdisciplinary thinking taking into account studio applications and environmental implications;
  • develop a personal aesthetic, and excitement, that will feed into future projects.
Assessment: A 15 minute oral/visual presentation equivalent to 500 words 10% (due week three). A reflective essay/interview/exhibition review equivalent to 1000 words 20% (due in week nine). A folio (Installation Project and sketchbooks /models) equivalent to 2000 words for 3rd year, and 3000 for 4th year level, 60% (due at the end of semester), and a written research proposal equivalent to 500 words 10% (due mid-semester). A hurdle requirement of a minimum 80% attendance required.
Prescribed Texts:

A subject reader will be available.

Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills: Students who complete this subject will be able to:
  • apply analytical, cognitive and practical skills to the planning and successful completion of an installation or superfiction;
  • think creatively and independently and engage in constructive critical discourse;
  • research the role of installations, superfictions and site specific works from historical, cultural and contemporary perspectives;
  • express complex concepts and undertake intellectual investigations through visual imagery;
  • participate in informed discussion relative to the philosophy and methodologies inherent in the discipline.
Notes: Formerly available as 760-403 Visual Arts: Installation Projects, 760-347 Visual Arts: Installations. Students who have completed 760-403 or 760-347 are not eligible to enrol in this subject.
Related Course(s): Bachelor of Creative Arts
Bachelor of Creative Arts and Bachelor of Music
Diploma in Creative Arts
Graduate Diploma in Creative Arts

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