The City: Art, Thought and Society
Introductory theoretical module
A working area where students will familiarize themselves with the main content of the Master's degree. A panoramic perspective of the city and public space from the standpoint of anthropology, urban planning, philosophy, and historical, social and artistic viewpoints.
Art and Community (12h) Eva Marichalar
Creation in public space can become an activity of public interest, not just from an artistic and cultural point of view. From a social, educational and investigative standpoint, street arts are presented here as a possible context for the promotion of collaborative practices from different points of view. Taking contact with the territory as an essential premise, this course will analyze the possibilities of the discipline as a space intended for each and every inhabitant of a territory as a possible setting for relationships, transformations and social protest. We will also focus on defending a semantic usage that is coherent with a vision of the arts as one of the opportunities available to a community for creating narratives. We will work with and debate about different contemporary examples in relation to the introductory theoretical material analyzed previously. The nuances and meanderings within the course structure will be influenced by the specificities of the participating students.
Art and Public Space (8h) Paco González
Public spaces - squares, streets - are the platform for formal and informal cultural expression in the city. These spaces have changed with the advent of the Internet and its social adoption - the so-called web 2.0 - allowing for contemporary spatial practices to be described and documented, making them accessible to the majority. Residents and citizens, artists and practitioners are both producers and consumers, actors and spectators at the same time. The aim of this course is to debate and engage in a critical evaluation of the changes in public space and its cultural practices.
Organization and design of projects I (4h) Pep Salazar
The final project is a compulsory exercise that must be completed by postgraduate students as the culmination of their studies. From a content point of view, they must apply all the knowledge acquired throughout the three modules but from an organizational point of view. They must also rigorously apply the knowledge gained in this course.
How can a final project be approached formally that in turn may well be a real artistic project? Strategic management, design and organization of content and tools for analysis and planning are key elements for tackling an ambitious project that today can be a work and tomorrow a professional project. It is necessary to display the contents of the project in a logical and orderly way so that they are well understood by the recipients of the message.
This course will be held over the three modules with the goal of being able to face the final project continuously throughout the course.
The City and Contemporary Thought (8h). Maria Buhigas
Students will describe and analyze the principal characteristics of the current urban phenomenon in the Western world, society and trends in the policies applied to urban space. Special attention will be paid to the privatization of public space and its ties to social and cultural change.
Discussion topics: The city and the urban phenomenon. Toward building a world of cities. 21st century urban society. From producer cities to consumer cities. Recent history of the Western city. Urban characteristics of contemporary urban space in Europe. The lived city and the planned city. How do we use, conceive and plan cities? The crisis of public space in the contemporary city. Western urban society. Characteristics and trends. City and culture. The role of culture in current urban policy. The city and the commons. Action and citizen participation.
Urban Anthropology (8h) Manuel Delgado
An introduction to urban anthropology, not in the framework the city per se but in urban spaces, where there is a particular system of social ties, characterized by a proliferation of relational fabrics involving uses, impositions, rectifications and mutual adjustments in a setting that is suited to democratic equality as well as conflicts, inequalities, struggles and social catharsis. It serves as the framework for all kinds of theater arts, the surface where the aesthetics of the present and the rhetoric of taste can be seen, and the landscape where the limits between the concrete and the imaginary blend together.