Picture and its context 2

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Code Completion Credits Range Language Instruction Semester
307EPC2 Z 2 2 hours (45 min) of instruction per week, 29 to 39 hours of self-study English summer

Subject guarantor

Ladislav BABUŠČÁK, Štěpánka ŠIMLOVÁ

Name of lecturer(s)


Learning outcomes of the course unit

Throughout the year-long course, students will have an opportunity to be confronted and eventually analyze some of the most unique films in the history of cinema, which are rich and heavy on visual narration, and its excellence is deeply rooted in a picture rather than a script or spoken word. Students who will choose to attend this course will be confronted with the challenges of visual narration. Through a deep analysis of well-curated film screenings, students will have an opportunity to understand the power of visual information that almost always exists in a broader context, which always offers almost endless possibilities for the auteur to deliver his/her story in his/her unique way.

The course has the ambition to inspire students to experiment and lose fear from an ambiguity coming from the visual narration, and enhance student´s imagination, whilst freeing them from an obsession with a literary-based ideas.

Mode of study

The course will be held weekly and will be heavily based on a discussion over screened material. The course needs to serve as a platform for exercising visual thinking, and understanding visual shortcuts, and broaden the context of the used image. For this goal, the course will be structured: short introduction + projection + analysis/discussion, and will be both educational and playful – a weekly dose of encouragement for the students to deliver their ideas in a more complex way, that could have stronger visual impact, and more profound meaning.

Prerequisites and co-requisites

Students applying for this course should be naturally curious personality, should not fetishize originality, should be able to see things in layered nuances, and had an open-minded attitude toward the creative process where no idea or picture stands singularly alone, but rather in a complex context of the intertwined universe of meanings.

Course contents

A year-long course consisting from introductions + curated film projections + profound analyses and discussions – PICTURE AND ITS CONTEXT has set an aim to bring students whose work is based in any form of visuality an understanding how a well-chosen image or depicted situation can be enriched with a more than depicted - literal meaning, if it exists in a context with other images or situations, that (in succession, juxtaposition..etc) exists in spectators collective or personal memory. With a help of curated film projections of films that are heavy on visual narration and their message dwells „out of frame“, we will inspire students to rely on their imagination and free themselves of textual obsession, replacing it with powerful metaphors, symbolism and visual representation of their story to tell.

Recommended or required reading

Creativity and perversion – Janine Chasseguet-Smirgel

Remarks on colors – Ludwig Wittgenstein

Mythologies – Roland Barthes

Assessment methods and criteria

Students will need to attend screenings regularly and actively engage in conversations and dialogues that will be vital for the course. Each semester, one major written analysis of the screened film + one on one discussion over the student´s personal work and visual experiments stemming from the course will qualify a student to pass this course and get credits for his studying program.



Further information

Course may be repeated

This course is an elective for all students of this school

Schedule for winter semester 2022/2023:

The schedule has not yet been prepared

Schedule for summer semester 2022/2023:

room 124
Projection Room

(Lažanský palác)
(lecture parallel1)
Date Day Time Tutor Location Notes No. of paralel
Thu 09:50–12:15 Ladislav BABUŠČÁK Projection Room
Lažanský palác
lecture parallel1

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