Concepts and Practice of Contemporary Art

Academic year
Subject Area
Fine Arts
Language of Instruction
Mode of Delivery
ECTS Credits
2nd Cycle Studies - Mestrado

Recommended Prerequisites

Arts and Contemporary Culture, Photography and Composition courses from LDM or similar units from other programs.

Teaching Methods

Classes are stuctured in two blocks: one essentially theoretical with presentation and analysis of artistic works and, another of practical classes for experimentation and development of a video and instalation project.

Learning Outcomes

Through reading the works of artists from the modern avant-gardes to contemporary art, to develop in students the ability to read and understand the conceptual dimension of the work of art in its transdisciplinary dimension, using different media, in the dilution of boundaries between disciplines, such as: Video, Photography, Design, Drawing, Illustration, Animation, Typography.

Work Placement(s)



Analysis of works of art from a formal point of view and for their conceptual games, allowing them to be a starting point for works of a practical nature in different media.

Through crossings like:

1. Photography and Cinema: Transits (Larry Clark, Robert Frank, etc.)

2. Cinema and Visual Arts: contamination and experimentation (Matthew Barney, Pedro Costa, etc.)

3. Visual Arts and Video: autonomy and complementarity (Bill Viola, Sam Taylor Wood, Pierre Huyghe, etc.)

4. Video-Art in Portugal: a panoramic perspective.

5. Visual Arts and Performance (Vito Acconci, Marina Abramovich, etc.)

6. Painting, and Conceptual Art (David Hockney, Marcel Duchamp, etc.)

7. Sculpture and Drawing (Pedro Cabrita Reis, Lissitzy)

Practices of conception and experimentation, from the intersection of contemporary artistic practices, in: Video, Photography, Drawing, Typography.

Head Lecturer(s)

António José Olaio Correia de Carvalho

Assessment Methods

Mini Tests: 25.0%
Project: 75.0%


Bishop, C. (2005). Installation Art: A Critical History. Nova Iorque: Routledge

Bolter, Jay David and Gromala Diane, Windows and mirrors: interaction design, digital art, and the myth of transparency, Cambridge, Mass. - London, the MIT Press, 2003

Kember, S.- Virtual anxiety: photography, new technologies and subjectivity, Manchester University Press, Manchester, 1998.

Hamlyn, Nicky, Film art phenomena, London, British Film Institute, 2003

Lovejoy, Margot, Digital currents: art in the electronic age, New York - London, Tourtledge,2004

Shaw, Jeffrey and Wiebel, Peter, Future cinema: the cinematic imaginary film, Cambridge,

Van, Hassche C., Gary Hill, IVAM Centre del Carme, Paris, Ed. Georges Pompidou, 1990

Perry, Michael, “Hand Job”, Princeton Architectural Press, 2009

Arga, Giulio Carlo, “Arte Moderna”, Ed. Companhia das Letras, São Paulo, 1998

Arnheim, Rudolf, “Visual Thinking”, University of California Press, Los Angeles, 1984