Interpretation and Social Function of Art

Course Code:

Π1 7060


7th Semester

Course Hours:




The scope of the course.
The purpose of the course is to highlight the complex character of contemporary works of art and their multi-layered function, fostering in students reflection on the requirements and necessity for their preservation. The multiplicity of forms and expressions of contemporary art is the mirror of contemporary reality. Contemporary art refers not only to the visual consideration of the work but to the overall adept experience, which includes the space and function of the work within it, as well as within the wider society.
The aim of the course is to acquaint the students with the process of contemporary artistic creation, to analyze the necessary socio-political dimensions of the time in order to make it possible to understand the needs that govern contemporary artistic expression and production, as well as to look for different narratives and interpretations that explain contemporary art.
The module is based on a series of theoretical lectures, case study presentations, visits to museums, exhibitions or workshops of visual artists. All of this aims to create a connection and dialogue with the work of art during its birth and creation, as well as highlighting aspects related to its social reception and function.

After the end of the course, students will be able to:
• To identify the different artistic currents in contemporary art
• Know the range of expressive media and techniques required to create works that reflect today
• To familiarize themselves with the history of the art that preceded the discussed period, so that they can understand its evolution up to the present day
• To know the various methods used by contemporary artists to express themselves creatively with an interest in the social function of art
• To have knowledge of the evolving internet technology in the production of digital culture projects.

Language of evaluation: Greek
Students’ evaluation (100%): One essay for each student, on a topic selected on the beginning of the semester.

The guidelines will be discussed up on the first lesson and subsequently will be posted up in eclass.

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