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AVAG Autumn

Before the beginning of term it is recommended that you read the following: ‘Modernism and the Idea of the Avant-Garde’ in Paul Smith and Carolyn Wilde (eds), A Companion to Art Theory (Blackwell, 2002). Available online here:

Week 1

The concept of the 'Avant-garde': Modernism and Dada


- Raymond Williams, 'When was Modernism?' in Art in Theory, p.1085 Available HERE

- Raymond Williams, 'The Analysis of Culture' in Cultural Theory and Popular Culture: A Reader, 2nd Edition, ed. John Storey (Harlow: Pearson Education Limited, 1998), pp.48-56 Available HERE or HERE

Screening: Entr'acte (René Clair, 1924, 22 mins)

Further information here

Week 2

The Concept of the 'Avant-garde': Constructivism

- Clement Greenberg, 'Avant-Garde and Kitsch' in Art in Theory, 1900-2000, p.539. Also available online here:

Screening: Man With A Movie Camera (Dziga Vertov, 1929, 66 mins)
Further information here

Week 3

Found Footage 1

- Rob Yeo, ‘Cutting Through History: Found Footage in Avant-garde Filmmaking’ in Stefan Basilico (ed.) Cut: Film as Found Object in Contemporary Video (Milwaukee, WI: Milwaukee Art Museum, 2004). Available HERE.
Screening: Rose Hobart (Joseph Cornell, 1936, 19 mins) / A MOVIE (Bruce Connor, 1958, 12 mins) / Jack's Dream (Joseph Cornell, c1938, 4 mins)

Week 4

Found Footage 2

- Eduardo Navas, 'Regressive and Reflexive Mashups in Sampling Culture' in Mashup Cultures, ed. Stefan Sonvilla-Weiss (New York: Springer-Verlag, 2010). Available here:
Screening: The Phoenix Portal (Soda Jerk, 2005) / The Strokes vs. Christina Aguilera - A Stroke of Genie-us (Freelance Hellraiser/Brian Mazzerella, 2001)

Week 5

Sound Art 1 - Sound and Space

Steve Roden, 'Active listening'. Available HERE.
Susan Phillipsz - 'Lowlands'
Alvin Lucier - 'I am sitting in a room'
Further information here


Week 7

Sound Art 2 - Noise and Indeterminacy

- Luigi Russolo, The Art of Noise. Available HERE
Luigi Russolo, Risveglio Di Una Città (1913).
William Basinski, The Disintegration Loops
Further information here

Week 8

The Underground

- Richard Hamilton, 'For the Finest Art, Try Pop' in Art in Theory, 1900-2000, p.742-743. Available HERE.
- Susan Sontag, 'A Feast For Open Eyes' in The Nation, April 13, 1964. Available HERE.
- J. Hoberman, 'Crimson Creatures: the case against Flaming Creatures' in Jack Smith and His Secret Flix program notes (New York: American Museum of the Moving Image, 1997). Available HERE.
Screening: Invocation of My Demon Brother (Kenneth Anger, 1969, 11 mins) / Flaming Creatures (Jack Smith, 1963, 43 mins)

Week 9

Hip Hop and Subculture

Tricia Rose, 'Chapter 2 - "All Aboard The Night Train", Flow, Layering, and Rupture in Postindustrial New York' in Black Noise, Tricia Rose (Middletown, CT: Wesleyan University Press, 1994). Available HERE.
Wild Style (Charlie Ahearn, 1983)

Week 10

Presentation of group work