Art and Communication


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General characterization





Responsible teacher

Maria Teresa Pimentel Peito Cruz Bragança de Miranda


Weekly - 4

Total - 168

Teaching language



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KANT, I (1792), Critica da Faculdade do Juízo da Faculdade do Juízo, Lisboa: IN-CM (Critique of Judgement, Indianapolis: Hackett Publishing, 1987) (Parágrafos: §1, §6, §9, §19, a §22, §40 §43 a §46; §59, §60)

ORTEGA Y GASSET, J. (1925) A Desumanização da Arte, Lisboa, Vega, 1997 (La Deshumanizacion del Arte; The Dehumanization of Art)

KANDINSKY, W. (1926) Ponto, Linha, Plano, Lisboa, Ed. 70 (Point and Ligne to Plan, New York: Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, 1947)

GREENBERG, C. (1960) "Modernist Painting", Forum Lectures, Washington, D. C.: Voice of America.

KRAUSS, Rosalind (2000) A Voyage on the North Sea: Art in the Age of the Post-medium Condition, Thames & Hudson, 2000, pp. 5-32

DUCHAMP, M. (1957) "The Creative Act", in Art News (Summer 1957), New York. (Archive.IS: 'Art Minimal & Conceptual Only')

ECO, U. (1965) "La Poética dell' Opera Aperta" in Opera Aperta, Gruppo Editorialli Fabri, Bompiani, Sonzogno, Etas S.p.A., 1997. (Obra Aberta, Algés: Difel 2009; The Open Work, in Bishop (Ed.), Participation)

LYOTARD, J.F. (1986) "Algo como: comunicação ... sem comunicação", in O Inumano. Considerações sobre o tempo, Editorial, Estampa, 1990, pp. 113-122. (The Inhuman: Reflections on Time (Polity Press,1991)

DUGUET, Anne-Marie (1996), "Does Interactivity lead to New Definitions in Art", in Media Art Perspectives, ZKM/Cantz Verlag,1996 (in Interact - Revista de Arte, Cultura e Tecnologia, N.1, 2000

BISHOP, Claire, (2006) "Viewers as Producers", in BISHOP, Claire (Ed.) Participation, London, MIT Press / Whitechapel Art Gallery, pp.10-17)

GROYS, B. (2016) "On Art Activism", In the Flow, London, Verso, pp. 43-60

BISHOP, Claire (2012) "Digital Divide: Contemporary Art and New Media", ARTFORUM, September 2012, VOL. 51, NO. 1.

GROYS, Boris (2013) "Art on the Internet" in In The Flow, London, NY: Verso Books (Chap 12).

Teaching method

- Crossing of knowledge and concepts from the field of art theory and the field of communication, language and media theory to explore the relationship between art and communication;

- Discussion of texts from the mandatory bibliography, with the participation of students.

- Criticism of artworks and artistic practices relevant to the program's themes with the participation of students;

Evaluation method

Continuous assessment, with attendance register: 3 exercises (2 oral and 1 in writing) in relation to the three topics of the program.

Subject matter


This program focuses on modern and contemporary artistic practices, analyzing, in particular, the aspects that intersect with the notion and culture of communication. In general, it can be said that the art of the last hundred years is transversally marked by this relationship, whether through the intertwining of art with the analogue and digital media of image, sound and audiovisual or through a fundamental tension between artistic culture and media culture or between art and the cultural industry. The sharing between communication and art, not only of media practices and technologies but also of other crucial dimensions, such as language and meaning, as well as sensitive experience is the broad issue this course approaches. This issue has been reflected throughout modern and contemporary culture through various themes and debates: the theme of the aesthetical communicability of art, the idea of art as language, the debate around the notion of media and new media arts, but also the question of the tension between art and communication or even the incommunicability of art, which have marked the modern and contemporary cultural discourse.


• Aesthetic art and technique

• Aesthetical communicability

• The incommunicability of modern art


• Art and language

• Art and media

• Media arts and post-media arts


• Open work

• Participatory Arts and Interactive Arts

• Art and Digital Apparatus