Visuality in Contemporary Arts 1

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207VVU1 Z 1 2T Czech winter

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Mode of study

Classes with discussions on selected works and assigned readings.

Prerequisites and co-requisites

  1. Review and analysis skills.
  2. Ability to read professional texts in English.

Course contents

The single semester course Visuality in Contemporary Art focuses on the dynamic field of visual studies and introduces students to the so called visual turnover, its theory origins and phenomena in practice in contemporary art and more broadly in everyday life. It is devoted to the changing relationship of text and image and in selected examples visual representations presenting diverse critical discourse, manners of application and results which it brings to the arts and their reception.

Course topics:

  1. Visual culture and visual representation.
  2. Visuality, traditional and new media.
  3. Visuality and spectatorship.
  4. Visuality and feminism.
  5. Visuality and transculturism.
  6. Visuality and power.

Recommended or required reading

Doporučená literatura:

Bendová, Helena a Strnad, Matěj (eds.). Společenské vědy a audiovize. Praha: NAMU, 2014.

Berger, John. Způsoby vidění. Praha: Labyrint, 2016.

Dvořák, Tomáš (ed.). Kapitoly z dějin a teorie médií. Praha: Akademie výtvarných umění v Praze, 2010.

Mirzoeff, Nicholas (ed.). The Visual Culture Reader. London a New York: Routledge, 2002.

Mitchell, W. J. T. Teorie obrazu: Eseje o verbální a vizuální reprezentaci. Praha: Karolinum, 2016.

Oates-Indruchová, Libora. Dívčí válka s ideologií: Klasické texty angloamerického feministického myšlení. Praha: Sociologické nakladatelství, 1998.

Sturken, Marita a Cartwright, Lisa. Practices of Looking: An Introduction to Visual Culture. New York: Oxford University Press, 2018.

Assessment methods and criteria

80% class attendance and participation in discussions requiring reading on-going assigned texts (100% grading). Class participation and on-going preparation for it.

Further information

This course is an elective for all AMU students

Schedule for winter semester 2019/2020:

room S410
Učebna S410 (DAMU)

(Karlova 26, Praha 1)
Date Day Time Tutor Location Notes No. of paralel
Wed 12:30–14:00 Lukáš BRYCHTA Učebna S410 (DAMU)
Karlova 26, Praha 1

Schedule for summer semester 2019/2020:

The schedule has not yet been prepared

The subject is a part of the following study plans