Contemporary Photography and Arts 1

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Code Completion Credits Range Language Instruction Semester
307EFU1 ZK 4 2 hours (45 min) of instruction per week, 82 to 102 hours of self-study English winter

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Learning outcomes of the course unit

The course will introduce formative topics connecting the medium of photography with contemporary art in continuity with the Theory and History of Photography and the History of Czech Photography courses offered by the Department of Photography at FAMU.

Mode of study

Each session will focus on a specific topic within a main chronological framework that will extend throughout the duration of the semester. These theoretical sessions will be complemented with exhibition visits and guest presentations. Additionally, the seminar will correspond to the diverse interests of the students in order to increase both the transparency and functionality of the material provided.

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Course contents

  1. introductory informative session, discussion concerning Berlin Biennale
  2. Modern / contemporary / postcontemporary; media / postmedia

(introduction to contemporary art, linkage between contemporary art and photography, from photography as art to art as photography)

  1. Identity, feminism, queer, multiculturalism, postcolonial studies

(precusors in apropriation, Cindy Sherman, Dan Graham, Okwui Enwezor, Radek Brousil)

  1. Curating a key exhibitions concerning photography

(A Brief History of Curating, When Attitudes becomes forms, Rooms, Pictures, Documenta)

  1. Problems concerning exhibiting contemporary art

(White cube, Institutional critique, Biennalization, postcontemporary art, Wolfgang Tillmans)

  1. Conceptual and postconceptual art

(Peter Osborne, Karel Císař)

  1. Collaborative turn, artist/photographic groups

(Atlas, ZIP, Slavs and Tatars, Hynek Alt, Jasanský-Polák, Assemble Group)

  1. Social Turn

(Eva Koťátková, Kateřina Šedá, Jeremy Deller, Situationism, Superflex)

  1. Art and Research

(News from nowhere, Art in Holocene)

  1. Non-photography

(non-camera potography, X Laruelle, Batchen)

  1. History of Future, repolitization of art

(Berlínské bienále, political photography?)

  1. Videoart, moving image – photography before the Internet

(Jennifer in Paradise, Constant Dullart)

  1. Photography after the Internet I.

(netart, Olia Lialaina, Marisa Olson, Domenico Quaranta, Gene McHugh, Artie Vierkant)

  1. Photography after the Internet II.

(DIS, K-HOLE, instagramism - Manovich, visualization, corporate, diagrams, Simon Denny, Katja Novitskova)

  1. Realism/Materialism/Art

(theory and photograhy now)

  1. Contemporary narrative photography and moving image

(David, Ondák, videoart)

  1. Music and Photography

(Holly Herndon, Diedrich Diedrichsen, ontology/sound/image)

  1. Archive today

(Taryn Simon, Simon Deny, Petra Feriancová, Roman Štětina)

Recommended or required reading


Ariella Azoulay, The Civil Contract of Photography. MIT Press, 2012.

Ariella Azoulay, Civil Imagination: A Political Ontology of Photography. Verso 2012.

Geoffrey Batchen, Each Wild Idea; Writing, Photography, History. MIT Press 2002.

Charlotte Cotton, The Photograph as Contemporary Art. Thames & Hudson 2014.

Christoph Cox, Jenny Jaskey, Suhail Malik (Eds.)Realism Materialism Art. Sternberg Press 2015.

Tomáš Dvořák,

Vilém Flusser, Into the Universe of Technical Images. University of Minnesota Press 2011. Online:

Vilém Flusser, Towards a Philosophy of Photography. Reaktion books 2000.

Václav Janoščík, Objekt. Praha: Kvalitář 2015.

François Laruelle, Le Concept de non-photographie / The Concept of Non-Photography, New York, Urbanomic, 2011.

François Laruelle, Photo-Fiction, une esthétique non-standard / Photo-Fiction: A Non-Standard Aesthetics, Minneapolis, Univocal, 2012.

Lev Manovich, Language of New Media. MIT 2000.

Brian O‘Doherty, Uvnitř bílé krychle. Praha: tranzit 2014.

Hans Ulrich Obrist A Brief History of Curating. JRP Ringier 2008.

Peter Osborne, Anywhere or Not at All: Philosophy of Contemporary Art. Verso 2013.

Domenico Quaranta, Beyond New Media Art. Brescia: LINK Editions 2013.

João Ribas (Ed.), In the Holocene. Cambridge: MIT 2015.

Kaja Silverman, The Miracle of Analogy, or The History of Photography, Part 1. Stanford University Press 2015.

Assessment methods and criteria

The student is required, during study, to prepare about a 15min presentation of a photographer, theory issue or other topic in the area of contemporary photography. The presentation is a display of image material, introduction to facts, theory analysis of the photographer's work or other given issue and presentation of literature. The topic selected is agreed upon with the instructor. At the end of the semester there is an oral exam/discussion. Alternatively exhibition or another art project realized independently from other semester assignments and with reference to relevant topics can serve as a final examination.


On alternate year for 2. and 3. class

Schedule for winter semester 2022/2023:

room 112
Room No. 112

(Lažanský palác)
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Date Day Time Tutor Location Notes No. of paralel
Wed 11:30–13:05 Josef LEDVINA Room No. 112
Lažanský palác
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Schedule for summer semester 2022/2023:

The schedule has not yet been prepared

The subject is a part of the following study plans