First blog post

I have ordered new editions of the  3 key texts for the Visual Culture Course.

  • Art in Theory 1900-2000: An Anthology of Changing Ideas Paperback  – 23 Sep 2002by Charles Harrison (Editor),  Paul Wood (Editor)
  • The Visual Culture Reader Paperback  – 27 Jul 2012 by Nicholas Mirzoef
  • Ways of Seeing (Penguin Modern Classics) Mass Market Paperback  – 25 Sep 2008, by John Berger


I have researched and set up this learning BLOG.


I read the OCA broad introduction to the following terms in the Understanding Visual Culture handbook, and wrote a synopsis of each.

1)     Modernism: An early 20th C movement which grew out of the ideas of Freud and Marx, and was concerned with the development and improvement of the human, in mind and body. It covered both artistic, literary, social, and philosophical areas, and included movements such  as Cubism, and Dadaism. Its essential foundations are Marx and Engels criticism of Capatilism ‘Das Kapital’. It also encompasses change, and the experience of the urban society.


2)     Structuralism: This  movement, straddling Modernism and Post-modernism,  told that the meaning of anything was in the object’s structure, and includes the study of Semiotics, where meanings are distilled from objects


3)     Poststructuralism:  This movement took the search for meaning outside of the given object.


4)     Postmodernism: This idea was that the meaning of an object was to be found outside of the object not within. Meaning was connected to the viewer, their relationships, and the society in which they live.