2017-2018 / MEDC0004-2

Sociological approach to artistic creation (international seminar)


30h SEM

Number of credits

 Master in performing arts (120 ECTS) ((Master international))5 crédits 


Christine Servais


Elise Vandeninden

Language(s) of instruction

French language

Organisation and examination

Teaching in the first semester, review in January

Units courses prerequisite and corequisite

Prerequisite or corequisite units are presented within each program

Learning unit contents

The art world has changed considerably over the last century. Subjects which anthropology claimed had aesthetic value were integrated into the world of art, although it was acknowledged that they were not identified using art terminology in the context of their composition and use. Moreover, contemporary artists' practices had profoundly challenged the roles and forms which were traditionally assigned to them. This course initially focuses on destabilising the concepts of art, creation, production and the market by drawing on both cultural contexts and practices which can be seen in other eras or other parts of the world, in such a way as their evolution can be observed. The course will then focus on reflecting on the status of the contemporary 'objet d'art', its ethical dimension and the social links which it may contribute to forming and nourishing in a context of mediation. We will then attempt to approach contemporary practices - from performance art to land art, from museums to on-line works - using an anthropological method in order to restore meaning in its context. The question of landscape and the treatment of space are the focus of the course. The course will take the form of a Powerpoint illustrated seminar and will include discussions with students around readings and the projects underway.

Learning outcomes of the learning unit

To acquire the knowledge and analytical methods needed to build a constructive relativism in our approach to products and questions linked to representative activities in human groups.
To develop a project idea linking representation, cultural and social relationships using integration, knowledge and recognition.

Prerequisite knowledge and skills


Planned learning activities and teaching methods

Mode of delivery (face-to-face ; distance-learning)

Recommended or required readings

A portfolio of reading will serve as the syllabus. A short bibliography will be distributed to students at the start of the course.

Assessment methods and criteria

Practical and theoretical design of a project (possibly a production) and oral presentation .

Work placement(s)

Organizational remarks


Lucienne Strivay, lecturer, senior researcher
Department of the Arts and Sciences of Information and Communication
7, place du 20-août, 4000 Liège
Tel. 04 366 32 43 - Fax.
E-mail Lucienne.Strivay@ulg.ac.be