Assessment 1: Research Essay

Marked out of 100 – 30%


Visit one or more of the following exhibitions: Primary Structures and Speculative Forms (Art Gallery of NSW, finishing 6 August), Kader Attia (Museum of Contemporary Art, finishing 30 July), MCA COLLECTION: TODAY TOMORROW YESTERDAY (Museum of Contemporary Art, until 31 December), or This is a Voice (Powerhouse Museum, 11 August 2017 – 28 January 2018). Select, research, and analyse ONE work from one of these exhibitions.

Contextualise the work by referring to relevant lecture materials, tutorial activities and discussions. Incorporate research into the historical and cultural contexts of the work into your analysis.

Analyse how the physical construction of the selected work and its presentation influence audience experience. Consider the role physicality plays in the experience of a work: how do the qualities of materials used influence the final forms of a work? How does the creator make use of the properties and the innate qualities of materials? What is the nature of the relationship between objects and audience? How may the installation and presentation of the work shape the audience experience? Draw from your own experience as an audience member encountering the work in the gallery space.

It is important to think about how this exploration will help guide you in the research and development of your project in this subject. Shape your research, findings, and discussions into an argument, and ensure you support your enquiry with appropriate references and sources including relevant illustrations.

Due Date:
Week 6 – in class

Written essay (1000 to 1500 words). Correct essay style and bibliographic referencing are required.

Assessment Criteria:
Depth and breadth of research engagement with relevant materials incorporating lecture and workshop discussions
What is the range of research materials used in this enquiry? How relevant is the information presented? How are the materials integrated into your argument?

Depth of critical analysis of the work discussed in relation to the questions posed
How well does the analysis build on the research materials presented? What is the depth of the engagement with the work (descriptive or analytical)? What is the degree of understanding evident in the essay?

Quality of argument supported by research materials, sound premises, and critical analyses
How well is the argument supported by a range of references, critical analyses, and personal interpretation? Is the argument presented sound?

Clarity and succinctness of writing
How clear, coherent and structured is the writing? How readable and engaging is the style of writing? Is academic writing conventions followed?

Submission Method:
Electronic/ Turn-it-in
Please submit your essay via Turn it in on Moodle.

Must Attempt: Yes
This means that if you do not submit a work, a Technical Fail will be automatically generated for your grade in this subject.

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