Scoping:Images between Inscriptions and Views
|307MIIV||Z||1||8 lecture hours (45 min) of instruction per semester, 19 to 24 hours of self-study||English||winter|
Name of lecturer(s)
Learning outcomes of the course unit
Students will be able to develop and critically evaluate theories, concepts and methods and gain insight into contemporary scholarly thinking about image-making technologies.
Mode of study
attendance - in person
Prerequisites and co-requisites
Students will paticipate in an international workshop on „scoping“: In studies of visual technologies, most attention has been paid to devices and apparatuses that generate images or inscriptions. In addition we can identify an equally important and diverse family of visual technologies that produce certain kinds of “views”. The difference could be described by referring to the Greek terms “graphein” and “skopein” or rather them being used as suffixes in the names of many instruments (e.g. radiograph and radioscope). Whereas the -graphs typically make images or traces, the -scopes are used to observe, monitor and examine things in real-time and in close connection with them. From telescopes or microscopes to a large number of medical but also other viewing devices, fixed images can be produced but are not necessary. They enable momentary gazing at or into something, a continuous inspection which intimately couples the observer with the observed. Although this regime of scoping manifests itself in scientific instruments, we can relate it to other visual media as well, such as the emphasis on “views” in early photography or cinema. Furthemore, contemporary operational images do their work of observing, monitoring or examining in the mode of scoping, belonging to the family of -scopes rather than of -graphs, which might be one of the reasons we doubt they can be considered images at all. This dichotomy is, however, only heuristic.
For more details, see https://operationalimages.cz/2022/09/06/scoping-images-between-inscriptions-and-views/
Recommended or required reading
Jimena Canales, A Tenth of a Second: A History, Chicago UP 2009.
Orit Halpern, Beautiful Data: A History of Vision and Reason since 1945, Duke UP 2014.
Peter Szendy, The Supermarket of the Visible, Fordham UP 2019.
Pasi Väliaho, Projecting Spirits, Stanford UP 2022.
Assessment methods and criteria
Participation in the seminar and a written assignment (2-page text that summarizes, comments on or develops ideas discussed and presented in the workshop), to be sent as a PDF to email@example.com by 11 November 2022.
Schedule for winter semester 2022/2023:
|Date||Day||Time||Tutor||Location||Notes||No. of paralel|
|04.11.2022||14:00–19:00||Tomáš DVOŘÁK||Room No. 1
Schedule for summer semester 2022/2023:
The schedule has not yet been prepared
The subject is a part of the following study plans
- Photography CZ - bachelor_2022 (optional subject)
- Photography CZ - Bachelor - 1920-1year (optional subject)
- Photography CZ - Master_2021 (optional subject)
- Photography EN - Bachelor-1920 (optional subject)
- Photography EN - Bachelor - 2022 (optional subject)
- Photography EN - Master-1920 (optional subject)
- Photography EN - Master - 2022 (optional subject)