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Contemporary Theories of Space

Code: TCE311     Acronym: TCE

Classification Keyword
OFICIAL Fine Arts/Sculpture

Instance: 2019/2020 - 2S Ícone do Moodle

Active? Yes
Responsible unit: Fine Arts Department
Course/CS Responsible: Fine Arts

Cycles of Study/Courses

Acronym No. of Students Study Plan Curricular Years Credits UCN Credits ECTS Contact hours Total Time
AP 27 Official Study Plan 2011 3 - 4,5 51 121,5

Teaching Staff - Responsibilities

Teacher Responsibility
Maria Gabriela Vasconcelos de Sousa Pinheiro

Teaching - Hours

Theoretical classes: 3,00
Type Teacher Classes Hour
Theoretical classes Totals 1 3,00
Maria Gabriela Vasconcelos de Sousa Pinheiro 3,00
Mais informaçõesLast updated on 2020-04-21.

Fields changed: Components of Evaluation and Contact Hours

Teaching language



Recent developments of contemporary thought value the importance of space in understanding the processes of knowledge whether the Bar of critical geography, social theory, the aesthetic thought, architecture or art. In this perspective, and the space being a meaning category as comprehensive in terms of the increasing specialization of the contemporary life, as in leads that this phenomenon has had on the thinking and art, comes this course focused on research of importance of theories contemporary space and its connections with art.
Critical thinking developed mainly from the second half of the twentieth century around the artistic practices that were facing the spatiality in their modes of production and exhibition, forms the starting point of the course, in order to deepen the notions so often cited in contemporary artistic practice of site-specific or contextual art. The unit can link up with projects of this nature developed in other courses Lectures and practical, and in particular Atelier project, in any of the Fine Arts Course Pathways.

Learning outcomes and competences

Analysis of critical texts.
Ability to write a critical text.
Competency research.

Working method



The "white cube" and the advent of installation.
Exhibition of museum space transformations to site-specific concept.
Land art, and other forms of intervention in the landscape.
Context and situation in contemporary art practice.
The time spatialization: narrative, image and intermedia.

Mandatory literature

Kastner Jeffrey 340; Land and environmental art. ISBN: 0-7148-3514-5
Matzner Florian 340; Public Art. ISBN: 3-7757-9148-5
O.Odoherty Brian; Inside the white cube. ISBN: 0-520-22040-4
Crimp Douglas; On the museum.s ruins. ISBN: 0-262-03209-0
Rosenthal Mark; Understanding installation art. ISBN: 3-7913-2984-7
Lefebvre Henri; The^Production of space. ISBN: 0-631-18177-6
Krauss Rosalind E.; Passages in Modern Sculpture. ISBN: 0-262-61033-7
Krauss Rosalind; Caminhos da escultura moderna. ISBN: 85-336-0958-2
Kwon Miwon; One Place After Another. ISBN: 0-262-11265-5 38.61
Oliveira Nicolas de; Installation art. ISBN: 0-500-27828-8

Complementary Bibliography

Cross Susan 080; Bruce Nauman. ISBN: 0-892-07299-7 35.75
Judd Donald 040; Donald Judd
Oliveira Nicolas de; Installation art in the new millennium. ISBN: 0-500-23808-1
Serra Richard 040; Richard Serra

Teaching methods and learning activities

The methodology used in teaching processes in theoretical classes supported by images and critical texts relevant to the issues under consideration.

Evaluation Type

Distributed evaluation without final exam

Assessment Components

Designation Weight (%)
Apresentação/discussão de um trabalho científico 40,00
Participação presencial 20,00
Trabalho escrito 40,00
Total: 100,00

Amount of time allocated to each course unit

Designation Time (hours)
Apresentação/discussão de um trabalho científico 0,00
Estudo autónomo 0,00
Frequência das aulas 0,00
Trabalho de investigação 0,00
Trabalho escrito 0,00
Total: 0,00

Eligibility for exams

Presentation classes and discussion of the themes presented.

Calculation formula of final grade

The calculation of the final mark is made considering one text of critical analysis on the developed matters, lecture notes, a thematic presentation and participation in class during the semester (in percentages of 30%, 20%, 20% and 30% respectively).

Special assessment (TE, DA, ...)

Test with access to reference readings. The student can opt for continuous evaluation by submitting the requested elements and for attending the Test, with the highest classification being valid for the purposes of the final score.
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