Who is looking at who? The Colonial Gaze(s)

Postgraduate course

Course description

Supplementary semester information

This course explores a set of histories and identities linked to the concept of the colonial gaze(s) from a decolonial perspective. Through artistic-research methods, we will examine the idea of the decolonial turn and propose speculative histories and futures. This course will provide an extended focus and insight into the decolonial and colonial histories and the present time. Using artistic research methods, we will critically approach the diverse discourses in the field. Through the development of an individual or a group art-research project, the student will acquire experimental knowledge on how artistic research methods can be used to investigate specific and complex topics.

Professor: Luz Maria Sanchez Cardona

Objectives and Content

In this module, a set of colonial histories and their contemporary circumstances are investigated. Using strategies of artistic research, the module seeks to untangle various discourses, positions, and agendas inherent to the subject matter.

Students develop an individual or group project within the module and are introduced to relevant themes and approaches through lectures, readings, presentations, tutorials, and/or workshops.

Learning Outcomes


  • Gain insight into colonial histories and identities
  • Gain deeper understanding of critical reflection as tool within artistic practice.


  • Implement artistic methods to mediate social and political issues
  • Gain experience with relevant formats and processes
  • Develop independent research methods.

General Competence:

  • Situate own practice within an artistic research context.



Full time.

ECTS Credits

10 studiepoeng.

Level of Study


Semester of Instruction

Vår / spring.

Place of Instruction

Campus Møllendal / UiB.
Required Previous Knowledge
Access to the Course
Dette emnet har krav til studierett i Masterprogrammet i kunst.
Teaching and learning methods

Methods may include:

  • Project development
  • Individual research
  • Group work
  • Lectures
  • Presentations
  • Group discussions
  • Tutorials
  • Assigned readings
  • Writing exercises
Compulsory Assignments and Attendance
80% tilstedeværelse er forventet.
Forms of Assessment
Individuel- eller gruppe-innlevering av kunstnerisk projekt.
Course Evaluation
The module is evaluated every third year in accordance with UiB's Quality System.
Programme Committee
Programstyret har ansvar for fagleg innhald og oppbygging av studiet og for kvaliteten på studieprogrammet med emner.
Course Administrator
Faculty of Fine Art, Music and Design holds the administrative responsibility for the module and studyprogram.