Below are some definitions that are the beginnings of an evolving lexicon bourne out of the Into contemporary art course tutored by Chris Lewis Jones. Please use the comment facility to add your lexicon addition.
Affinity n. 1 a spontaneous or natural liking or sympathy. A close relationship based on a common origin or structure. ME via L. affinitas from affinis ‘related’ (literally) bordering on. Affinity group n. chiefly N. American, a group of people linked by a common interest or purpose (from Spanish Civil War Richards, Laval et al)
Art n. the expression or application of creative skill and imagination, especially through a visual medium…ME from L. ars- art
Discourse n. written or spoken communication or debate. A formal or spoken discussion L. ‘argument’ from discurrere ‘run away’
Contemporary adj. living, belonging to or occurring in the present.
C 17: L. con- together with + tempus- time
Dialogic adj. Related to or in the form of a dialogue. Gk dialogos- converse with, from dialegestai (from ‘dia’- through ‘legein’- speak/debate). The term was popularised (within academic circles) by Bakhtin, who (in ‘The Dialogic Imagination’) recognised that, just as the past informs the present, so the present informs the past…nothing is free-standing or neutral, everything is part of an evolving discourse, which is informed by what came before it and informs what will follow it
Flaneur n. The term was popularised by French Symbolist Charles Baudillaire, for whom the flaneur was ‘one who engaged with the city by strolling through it’. Fr. ‘saunter, lounge’ (later taken up by the Situationists)
Practice n. 1 the actual application or use of a plan or method, as opposed to the theories relating to it. 3 the practicing of a profession
Gk prakticos ‘concerned with action’
Semiotics pl.n. the study of signs and symbols and their use or interpretation. Gk. Semeitikos ‘of signs’ (crucial to an understanding of structuralism and post structuralism)