Program

PAINTING IN THE DIGITAL AGE: AFFINITY AND SPECIFICITY

Two years 2001-2003
FIRST YEAR PROGRAMME


SURFACE ALTERATIONS: USE OF THE BINOCULAR MAGNIFYING GLASS AND THE DIGITAL IMAGE IN DEVELOPING DATABASES

Foundation subject worth 4 credits. Department of Painting.
Tutors: M. Antonia Heredero / Gemma Campo
Subject Content
- Review of surface alterations
- Relationship between reality and enlargement
- Capture and manipulation of images

ARTISTIC ALTERNATIVES IN THE DIGITAL AGE

Foundation subject worth 4 credits. Department of Painting.
Tutor: Teresa Gancedo
Subject Content
- Study of the relationships between painting, photography and other plastic approaches used in the digital age
- Pictorial techniques
- The visual field in different media

THE SPREADING OF LIGHT: FROM REPRESENTATION TO THE PRESENCE OF THE IMAGE

Foundation subject worth 4 credits. Department of Painting.
Tutor: Alicia Vela
Subject Content
This course will reflect upon the change of language in creating the digital image.
- From the material substrate (pictorial or graphic) to the dematerialisation of the matrix. Narratives of fiction.
- The work of digital art: creative strategies.
- Symmetry and cloning: from the nature of the photographic image to the reflex image of its binary matrix.
- Digital image and impression.

DIALOGUES WITH A SCULPTURE

Related subject worth 3 credits. Department of Sculpture.
Tutor: Albert Valera
Subject Content
The relationships between creator, work and spectator form the bases of this course which, via a series of dialogues with a sculpture, encourages different readings of the meanings inherent within contemporary sculpture.

CREATING COMPUTER-BASED RESTORATION FILES. DIGITALIZED IMAGES

Foundation subject worth 4 credits. Department of Painting.
Tutors: Antonia Heredero / Gemma Campo
Subject Content
- Structure of the documentation
- Attached dictionaries
- Incorporation of images

TRANSPARENT STAGES. ARCHITECTURES OF LIGHT

Foundation subject worth 4 credits. Department of Painting.
Tutor: Pilar Palomer.
Subject Content
The course considers artistic practice and the reflections generated by the creative process, implicit theories, and the evolution of thought in developing the project toward expressive systems: it addresses the concepts of painting, space, digital language and high light technology.
1. The technological sublime. Light as material and support.
2. Formal virtual. Computer-generated projects. Feedback between painting and the environment.

3. The frozen gesture. Baroque re-readings.

FLOTATION SPACES

Foundation subject worth 4 credits. Department of Painting.
Tutor: Teresa Blanch
Subject Content
- Self-generation and nodules. A new spatial concept.
- Systems of life related to technological systems.
- Dialogues between art and fluid mechanics and limitless screens.
- Digital energies, brain energies. Order and hallucination.

EXTENDING SCULPTURAL THOUGHT

Related subject worth 6 credits. Department of Sculpture.
Tutors: Albert Valera / Lluis Doñate
Subject Content
During the last decades of the 20th century different kinds of relationship were established between sculpture and other disciplines and methods such as architecture, literature, photography, vídeo and digital image. These ‘encounters’ resulted in new conceptions of three-dimensionality, sculptural space, approaches to the environment, virtuality, and the participation of the spectator, etc. Artists, by breaking down the barriers of specificity, thus open the door to relationship and interaction between differences. In this way, their ideas or emotions find ways of expression which become representative of the flows and mutations characteristic of our age.


SCULPTURE AND WORDS


Related subject worth 3 credits. Department of Sculpture.
Tutor: Lluis Doñate
Subject Content
When a text accompanies an image or forms part of it, or, further still, when a text behaves as an image, the meaning of the visual forms is reoriented by the written word. The spectator of modern art has the opportunity to experience the perceptual pathway generated by this text/image relationship in the work of artists such as Broodthaers, Calle, Burgin, Gerz, Holtzer, Kosuth, Le Gac, Nauman, Vautier, Vilmouth and Weiner. The conceptual field of this course is developed out of the work of these artists and follows the idea of the ‘script that becomes work’.

ARTISTS’ BOOKS: SELF-PUBLISHING

Foundation subject worth 4 credits. Department of Painting.
Tutor: Àlex Nogué
Subject Content
This is a mainly practical course geared toward the production of one or several individual works within the field of artists’ books. The following themes will be developed:
- The book as concept and the book as object
- Systems and media parallel to artistic creation
- Between the repeated object and the individual piece
- From tradition to the digital format
- Project and immediacy in the production of artists’ books
- Interdisciplinarity
- Public collections of artists’ books


WAYS OF SEEING: FROM ARTISTS’ BOOKS TO DIGITAL BOOKS

Foundation subject worth 4 credits. Department of Painting.
Tutor: Antonia Vilà
Subject Content
The study of artists’ books, understood as one of the most radical breaks within artistic poetics from the 1960s to the present day, leads us towards the creation of another type of artwork, one which is particularly linked to the wish to develop new narrative forms in current practice. The narrative strategies of contemporary art are articulated and enlivened through ways of seeing with a double meaning.
1. The perspective of influence in the creation of images using new supports which provide a continuous link between graphic art, photography and digital art.
2. The personal perception of each author in creating, interfering with and modifying these languages and responding to his/her own imagination.


RESEARCH METHODS


Methodological subject worth 4 credits. Department of Painting.
Tutor: Francesc Orenes
Subject Content
The basic aim of this course is to present the criteria, protocols and tools inherent in and necessary for original research, as well as exploring and explaining the specific features of research in fine arts and how to achieve successful outcomes.

PAINTING REVIEWED

Foundation subject worth 4 credits. Department of Painting.
Tutor: Joaquim Chancho
Subject Content
The course is highly practical and gives priority to the artistic practice of each student and the contextualization of their work.
1. Complements to vision. Parallel disciplines.
2. The decataloguing of the image. Retrievals.
3. Appearances and certainties.
 

 

SECOND YEAR PROGRAMME: PERIOD OF RESEARCH ARTISTIC ALTERNATIVES IN THE DIGITAL AGE

Elective subject worth 6 credits. Department of Painting.
Tutor: Teresa Gancedo
Subject Content
Objectives: Theoretical and practical investigation of the various alternatives within contemporary art.
Proposed approach: To analyse contemporary artistic alternatives and their interrelationships.
 
EXPANSIVE CIRCUITS


Elective subject worth 6 credits. Department of Painting.
Tutor: Teresa Blanch
Subject Content
The course offers a reasoned defence of the creative process with respect to artistic context and, by extension, to disciplines outside art with which there are resonances or direct links.
It reveals theoretical discourse and praxis through an approach where the two come together.
 
KNOWLEDGE OF THE WORK THROUGH MICROPHOTOGRAPHY AND THE DIGITAL IMAGE


Elective subject worth 12 credits. Department of Painting.
Tutors: Antonia Heredero / Gemma Campo
Subject Content
The course provides an overall view of the possibilities offered by the proposed methods.
 
FROM THE IDEA TO PICTORIAL REPRESENTATION


Elective subject worth 6 credits. Department of Painting.
Tutor: Rosa Agenjo
Subject Content
Objectives: To analyse the different stages of painting: sources, process, subject matter, techniques for improving knowledge and pictorial resolutions.
Proposed approach: Research into the different stages of the process of painting.
 
THE SPREADING OF LIGHT: FROM REPRESENTATION TO THE PRESENCE OF THE IMAGE II


Elective subject worth 6 credits. Department of Painting.
Tutor: Alicia Vela
Subject Content
This year two course continues the work begun in the first year and offers theoretical reflection upon it.
- Producing a series of artworks, using digital media, in which the outcome of the research is inherent within the nature of the work itself.
- Project report.
The aim is that students carry out in-depth and critical research into the concepts developed within the subject.

DISSOLUTION OF MATTER: ARCHITECTURES OF LIGHT

Elective subject worth 6 credits. Department of Painting.
Tutor: Pilar Palomer
Subject Content
Objectives: To present an artistic project based in contemporaneity and to defend it through reference to other works and by means of reasoned formal/technical and conceptual criteria.
Requirements: Depending on the development of the first course.
 
DIALOGUES: APPROPRIATIONS AND GENERATIONS

Elective subject worth 6 credits. Department of Painting.
Tutor: Joaquim Chancho
Subject Content
To situate and defend creative work within the artistic framework which it itself fosters and generates. Meeting points between theory and artistic practice.

IMAGE: REPRESENTATION AND SYMBOL

Elective subject worth 6 credits. Department of Painting.
Tutor: Francesc Orenes
Subject Content
This theoretical and practical course, whose starting point is visual rhetorics, aims to analyse the images created in art in terms of their dual aspect, namely, representation as a bearer of symbols and symbols as bearers of representation.
Conceived of as a research workshop in printmaking, this course aims to help students discover their own and the processual discourse generated by the creation of original graphic work using techniques and methods from both traditional printmaking and new technology.

ARTISTS’ BOOKS: SELF-PUBLISHING II

Elective subject worth 12 credits. Department of Painting.
Tutor: Àlex Nogué
Subject Content
The course aims to extend the work carried out in the first year, placing greater emphasis on the search for an individual artistic language and experimenting with effects on a real audience.

WAYS OF SEEING: FROM ARTISTS’ BOOKS TO DIGITAL BOOKS II.

Elective subject worth 6 credits. Department of Painting.
Tutor: Antònia Vilà
Subject Content
Carrying out the project presented in the first year following a review or critical tutorial.
Presentation of the original book or the multiple version. Written project report describing the sources of the work, the media used, and the poetic, personal and technical format (traditional or digital) criteria on which the project is based.
Objectives: That students are able to demonstrate their knowledge and mastery of the subject matter explored over the two years, and that they produce an artists’ book which can be defended as being an original work.