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This is a basic training subject that is part of Theoretical Foundations of Artistic Practices

  • Studies: Bachelor Degree in Fine Arts
  • Credits: 6 ECTS
  • Year: First year
  • Type: Basic Training
  • Subject code: GB05


This is a basic training subject that is part of Theoretical Foundations of Artistic Practices. Its focus of study is the complex relationship that the general field of aesthetics (art, beauty, creativity, sensitivity, aesthetic experience) establishes, over time, with a series of historical and geographical variables (culture, society, politics, economics). Similarly, the reflection goes beyond the traditional boundaries of the arts system in order to address a complex set of questions related to what is today defined as the society of the image and of 'diffuse aestheticization'. The function of this subject, as it corresponds to the field, is to examine the main concepts and arguments that have historically shaped the field of aesthetic thought and its manifestations, but also the way in which they continue to act today. For this purpose, it introduces theory as an aspect rooted in practice, as well as the formation of discourse and research as integral parts of art making. The perspective offered by anthropology is also introduced.


Reflection of aesthetic ideas in art practices and art systems. Aesthetics as an autonomous philosophical discipline. The role of artist and the role of art in society. The relationship between art, power, religion and knowledge. The aesthetics of modernity. The relations art/politics, art/market, art/technology, art/media. Theories of contemporary art. Aesthetics and theories of art throughout history from a critical, gender and decolonial perspective. From the 1950s to the 1970s: the paradigm of the autonomy of art and its crises. Informal art and abstract expressionism; minimalism, pop aesthetics and art as an "experience". End of the 20th century: aesthetics and postmodernism. The work of art, the artist, the new spectator, the art market. The diffuse aestheticization. Other aesthetics: kitsch and camp.

Learning outcomes

  • Collection and interpretation of data and information upon which to base conclusions, including reflections on issues of a social, scientific or ethical nature in the field of artistic practices.
  • Complete comprehension of oral and written messages of different kinds expressed in native language(s) and in English.
  • Analyzing situations, facts and professional and non-professional practices incorporating the gender and intersectional perspective.
  • Ability to critically analyze the representation of female, racialized and diverse bodies throughout the history of images in order to identify the stereotypes and norms that are transmitted.
  • Adequate analysis of the symbolic and cultural frameworks that contextualize different artistic practices.
  • Appropriate use of the different declensions of the idea of art and the main concepts of aesthetic theory.
  • Search and organization of relevant resources for the realization of projects and ability to elaborate a bibliography.
  • Ability to argue in written and oral form in different formats and with an adequate language regarding cultural manifestations of different contexts and time periods.


Alejandra L. Gabrielidis, PhD. Degree in Philosophy. Art and digital technologies

Alejandra L. Gabrielidis

PhD. Degree in Philosophy. Art and digital technologies