New Tendencies in Spanish Contemporary Art

Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona

Course Description

  • Course Name

    New Tendencies in Spanish Contemporary Art

  • Host University

    Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona

  • Location

    Barcelona, Spain

  • Area of Study

    Art History, Studio Art

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

    Hours & Credits

  • Contact Hours

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview


    In Contemporary art the frontiers between the classic disciplines are dissolving. Contemporary art is becoming ever more interdisciplinary, at times confusing, unclassifiable where all kinds of fusions, exchanges, frictions, transaction and dialogues are occurring. There are new points of interaction, new crossings of information and action. This course is an introduction to some of these new territories and how they are being explored by Spanish Contemporary Artists.



    Current creative practise contemporary arts engagement with mainstream culture and its origins.
         - Appropiationism, kitch, technology, green politics, social issues, fashion/beauty, etc
         - Josep Beuys, Stelarc, Woldiczco, The Black School, Fluxus movement, Lorraine O?Grady, Richard Prince, Jeff Koons, Orlan ....

    The changing role of the gallery, museum and collector in contemporary art

    Art Value, Celebrity, Kitch
         - Damien Hirst, Jeff Koons, Warhol/Basquiat, Francesco Vezzoli ...

    Fashion, Clothing, Self protection, Survival
         - Ana Laura Aláez, Elana del Rivero, Begoña Montalbán, Kosuke Tsumura, Lucy and Jorge Orta, Alicia Framis, Susy Gomez Nicola Constantino, Naia del Castillo etc

    Living Art, New Technologies and Tendencies.
         - Eduardo Kac, Etoy, Marcel·li Antunez, Eualia Valldosera, Laura Baigorri Ballarin, Jean Recamier, Serge Jupin, ...

    Land Art, Ecology, Nature and Technology

         - Spanish Sculpture Trails, Arte en la Tierra, Parque de Escultura Lomos de Oro, Naturaleza, Utopias y Realidades Canaria, Green Museum, Sergio Belinchon, Alan Sonfist, Nils Udo, Hilde de Decker, Actar Architectura, Nicola Constantino

    Recycling, Re(f)use, Neo do it yourself.
         - La Braderie, Drap Art, Steven Forster, Neasdon Control Centre, Maja Abplanalp and Maria Pia Amabile ...

    Experimental Music, Performance, Poetry.
         - Laurie Anderson, LEM festival, Victor Nubla, Inmotion, Sonar, Polipoetas, Veivi Gisus Urkestra....

    Art engaged with social politics, architecture and communal space
         - Santiago Sierra, Lucy Orta, KZG, El Perro, Anna Pla Catala, Street art,....

    Ephemeral, Action , Space and Subject, Performance
         - Sergio Prego, Vik Muniz ...

    The course also includes talks by practising artists, visits to relevant exhibitions and visits to practising artists studios

Course Disclaimer

Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.

ECTS (European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System) credits are converted to semester credits/quarter units differently among U.S. universities. Students should confirm the conversion scale used at their home university when determining credit transfer.

Please reference fall and spring course lists as not all courses are taught during both semesters.

Availability of courses is based on enrollment numbers. All students should seek pre-approval for alternate courses in the event of last minute class cancellations


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