History of Art with Material Studies (HAMS) / History of Art, Materials and Technology (MAT)
Teaching in the programme reflects the tutors' specialisms and ranges across the application of science and analytic techniques in the arts, understanding technologies of vision, the materiality of contemporary art, themes related to film, video and installation, the material lives of performances, digital art, oral histories, and the history, theory and philosophy of conservation.
Materiality in the conservation of time-based media and performance art; feminist new materialisms; ethics and performativity of cultural heritage; notions of periphery/decentring, inclusions/exclusions, in material art histories and conservation
Intersection of material culture studies, art history and conservation; modern and contemporary art and media; notions of materiality, changeability, time, and archive.
The taught programme entails a variety of courses, such as Art and Science, Introduction to Media and Technologies, Methods and Materials of the Artist, Methodologies of Making, Textile Technologies, and Art/Work/Spaces.
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The Material Studies programme features its own media reference collection or Cabinet of Obsolete Technologies. Conceived as an aid to familiarise students with the materiality of technologies and facilitate object-based learning, the Cabinet serves all teaching staff and can be used by research students. The main emphasis of the collection is on technologies of (and developments within, perhaps preferable to ‘careers of the moving and still image’). The growing collection includes a magic lantern, stereoscope, the stereoscopic camera, patheorama and folding half plate camera, a selection of photographic cameras, film projectors, stacks of 16mm and 8mm films, magnetic and analogue computer storage media and a solid overview of video tape formats. This collection enhances our holdings of reference materials such as the collection of binding media and pigments which is housed in the Material Studies Laboratory. The Cabinet is growing and accepts donations.
More information for prospective students is available at History of Art, Materials and Technology BA