Autumn Master´s Practical class: Author´s Research and Analysis

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Code Completion Credits Range Language Instruction Semester
307EAMP exam 2 24 seminar hours (45 min) of instruction per semester, 32 to 42 hours of self-study English winter

Subject guarantor

Štěpánka ŠIMLOVÁ

Name of lecturer(s)

Evgenii SMIRNOV, Štěpánka ŠIMLOVÁ


The course takes the form of a seminar and joint consultations on a specified topic. As this is the first cycle of the MA practicum, the topic is chosen to unify the MA year, to link it with the English programme and to give students a thorough introduction to the work and authorship of their colleagues. These topics are therefore generally related to the contemporary position of photography and the technical image in the contemporary context of the visual arts, general issues of production and post-production, or current significant phenomena and tendencies in contemporary art. Students learn to search, analyze and develop sources of inspiration in the field of expressive tendencies and the work of their predecessors. The course is closely linked to the other courses of the MA practice and is complemented by a joint visit to an important exhibition of world-wide significance, e.g. Venice Biennale, Documenta, Paris Photo, Manifesta, etc.

1 - introduction to the topic, introduction to the topic, introduction to the basic mechanisms and interconnection with other parts of the practicum, assignment of tasks for joint presentation

2 - joint presentation - introduction of the main points, part of the issue, authors dealing with the topic or related topics

3 - seminar - presentation of iconic works, principles and approaches that serve as a basic mapping of the topic

4 - seminar - discussion reflecting on a jointly visited exhibition of contemporary art of world significance

5 - comparison of own work with examples from the field of projects and work with own archive - searching for connections with the main theme verbalizing basic principles and dividing them into areas that the audience finds inspiring and supportive for their contemporary work

6 - joint presentation of the beginning of the author's research based on visual examples and a paper

Learning outcomes

The student is able to search, analyse and develop inspirational sources for his/her own work.

Prerequisites and other requirements



Required reading:

It always depends on the designated topic of the practitioner.

Study support for the course Autumn Master's Practicum.

Recommended readings:

Cotter, Lucy, Lawrence Abu Hamdan, and Hatje-Cantz-Verlag. Reclaiming Artistic Research. Hate Cantz, 2019.

Borgdorff, Henk, Peter Peters, and Trevor Pinch, eds. Dialogues between Artistic Research and Science and Technology Studies. Routledge Advances in Art and Visual Studies. New York: Routledge, 2020.

Borgdorff, Henk. The Conflict of the Faculties: Perspectives on Artistic Research and Academia. Amsterdam: Leiden University Press, 2012.

Schwab, Michael, ed. Transpositions: Aesthetic-Epistemic Operators in Artistic Research. Orpheus Institute Series. Leuven (Belgium): Leuven University Press, 2018.

Mersch, Dieter et al. Manifesto of Artistic Research. Diaphanes 2020.

Butt, Danny. Artistic Research in the Future Academy. Bristol, UK Chicago, USA: Intellect, 2017.

Schwab, Michael, and Henk Borgdorff, eds. The Exposition of Artistic Research: Publishing Art in Academia. Leiden: Leiden University Press, 2014.

Hannula, Mika, Juha Suoranta, and Tere Vadén. Artistic Research Methodology: Narrative, Power and the Public. Critical Qualitative Research, Vol. 15. New York: Peter Lang, 2014.

Szendy, Peter, and Jan Plug. The Supermarket of the Visible: Toward a General Economy of Images, 2019.

Bridle, James. New Dark Age: Technology, Knowledge and the End of the Future. London ; Brooklyn, NY: Verso, 2018.

Evaluation methods and criteria

The course ends with a classified examination. The prerequisite for completing the course is regular participation in the seminar, preparation and presentation of the required thematic presentations or papers, (unless otherwise specified) one thematic presentation at the beginning of the thematic cycle and one presentation supplemented by a written report of 2-3 standard pages, which is also the basis for the explication of the project. The examination takes the form of a joint consultation on the results achieved.



Schedule for winter semester 2023/2024:

room 111
Room. No. 111

(Lažanský palác)

Date Day Time Tutor Location Notes No. of paralel
Mon 12:20–17:00 Štěpánka ŠIMLOVÁ
Room. No. 111
Lažanský palác

Schedule for summer semester 2023/2024:

The schedule has not yet been prepared

The subject is a part of the following study plans