HKUK0361GU History of Art: NATURE (RE)CREATED. Imagination – Conflict – Technology

Volume 2016/2017

NB: The course is open for english speaking students.

In week 5-8, 13-14 & 16-17 the course is held in english, but in week 9-12 it is held in danish
. Please contact Liselotte Bille for futher information.


Imagination – Conflict – Technology

The concept of what qualifies as ‘nature’ is continuously being revisited throughout cultural history

Nicoletta Isar

The first part of this course (five sessions) will give a perspective on what we could call “nature in the making,” in the guise of the chôra space, a space-in-between, a passage from chaos to cosmos before the disruption, in the modern era, of its alchemical constitutive elements (fire, earth, water air). A glimpse (backwards) of this primordial horizon is evoked in the postmodern dream of Avatar – the Pandora’s psionic/magic world.

Taking up on the ancient Greek tradition (but also with references in other cultures), focus will be on how, culturally speaking, the chôra space became the enduring paradigmatic model for human creativity and imagination expressed in what we now call “art” (the Greek technè), which emerged in the conflictual relation between nature and man through technology; how the landmarks (mountains,  trees, rivers) and cosmic alignments became powerful symbols to re-invent nature, embodied in cult object and sacred topographies, to connect with the unknown and the expanse of the universe.

Ragni Linnet

This module will be held in Danish

Jens Hauser

In the third part of the course, modern and contemporary art practices are being discussed in the light of rapid technological advancement that make humankind’s interventions into natural systems increasingly refined and irreversible, such as reflected in philosophical anthropology of the 20th century. The course presents examples of how communication and biological technology, as well as anthropogenic effects leading to climate change, profoundly affect and modify how we ‘re-create nature’ both materially and conceptually. Digital and biotechnological media art illustrates how the notion of ‘aliveness’ oscillates between the technologization of the animate and the animation of the technological. Artistic man made clouds ‘upgrade’ the formerly most uncontrollable forces of nature, and even ‘green-ness’ as employed to evoke homo faber’s antithesis is increasingly being constructed.

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  • Hours
  • Exam
  • 84
  • Guidance
  • 1
  • Lectures
  • 36
  • Preparation
  • 299
  • Total
  • 420
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