Studio of Imaginative Photography 6

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Code Completion Credits Range Language Instruction Semester
307ESIP6 exam 4 24 exercise hours (45 min) of instruction per semester, 82 to 102 hours of self-study English summer

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Learning outcomes of the course unit

After completing the course, the student gains comprehensive knowledge and experience in the creation of original exhibition projects. The requirements for their scope and quality, the ratio of guidance by the teacher and independent work, are based on the particular semester that the student is currently studying. The listener is able to reflect on his/her work in a written explication, which prepares him/her for the defense of the final thesis. In the term paper, the student practices his/her presentation skills, teamwork, authenticity of authorship, and the ability to organize a topic into a book format. Emphasis is placed on the thought background, sensibility, and authentic individual creative attitude of each student.

Mode of study

in person

Prerequisites and co-requisites


Course contents

The imaginative photography studio works across the spectrum of genres and expressions. It is a synthesis of visual and conceptual thinking, artistic, documentary, multimedia or other approaches. The boundaries between different types of communication are programmatically nullified here - this is in order to accentuate the message itself.

The Imaginative Studio creates a creative space for students working across the photographic spectrum. Here, knowledge of the photographic craft creates a solid base for the extension of autonomous pictorial self-expression.

The keywords of the Imaginative Photography Studio are:

Main themes

1 - 2/ assigning a theme for the studio exercise, specifying the programme (studio visits, exhibitions, inviting guests, additional modules and workshops

3/ collaborative discussion of the topic - results of own research as directed by the studio leader

4 - 6/ individual and joint consultation of exhibition projects - conceptual proposals, conception, consultation of the process

7-8/ additional studio activities according to the assignment from the beginning of the semester

9 - 10/ individual and joint consultation of projects in process, reflection, critical analysis, discussion, inspirational suggestions

11/ realization of the exhibition project and book - proofreading of the final form, ways of solving technical difficulties

12/ post-production, printing, adjustment, test installation

Recommended or required reading


Alberro, Alexander, Sabeth Buchmann: Art After Conceptual Art, MIT Press,

Cambridge and London, 2006

Fried Michael: Why Photography Matters as Art as Never Before, Yale University

Press, New Haven 2008

Bourriaud, Nicolas: Relational Aesthetics, Dijon: Les presses du réel, 2002

Cotton Charlotte: The Photography as Contemporary Art, London, Thames

Hudson, 2004

Wells, Liz: The Photography Cultures Reader: Representation, Agency and Identity, London: Routledge, 2019


Aranda, Julieta; Wood, Brian Kuan; Vidokle, Anton (ed.): E-flux journal, What is Contemporary Art?, Berlin: Sternberg Press, 2010

Kuc, Kamila; Zylinska, Joanna (ed.): Photomediations: A Reader, 2016

Statzer, Mary (ed.): The Photographic Object 1970, Oakland: University of California Press, 2016

Dekker, Annet: Curating digital art: From presenting and collecting digital art to networked co-curation, Amsterdam: Valiz, 2021

Assessment methods and criteria

Completion of a studio exercise - a book on a given topic, realization of an exhibition project, development of general knowledge of the history of art and photography and the theory of contemporary visual art, development of analytical reflection skills



Further information

No schedule has been prepared for this course

The subject is a part of the following study plans