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Audio-Visual Avant-Gardes

Module Code: TH237
Module Name: Audio-Visual Avant-Gardes
Module Credits: 15/30

This module explores the history of avant-garde film, video, sound, and installation work from the early twentieth century up to the present day. It will allow you to engage both conceptually and practically with a wide range of forms, movements and practices, and to explore the persistent currents of interaction and exchange between avant-garde and popular cultures. It will examine the contexts from which the term ‘Avant-garde’ emerges, and the ways in which the description has been employed in various periods and places, by considering it in relation to alternative descriptors such as: ‘underground’, ‘experimental’ and ‘subcultural’. The module operates as a broad survey that will help you to make connections amongst a variety of disparate movements and trends, from the 'high art' domain of 1920s avant-garde film to the popular eruptions of early 80s hip-hop, while also providing the opportunity for detailed analysis of a number of key works.

Class Location and Time (Term 1)

MONDAY 0900-1300 G53

Department Timetables


50% - Essay (2500 words) [LINK FOR ESUBMISSION]

50% - 1.5 Hour Written Examination

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