Case studies from history of visual cultures 1

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373PSVK1 ZK 2 2ST English, Czech winter

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Learning outcomes of the course unit

Students will have upon the close of the course an overview of a contemporary theory review of the development of global ecological issues. They will be able to analyse visual culture in its politcal context with consideration of existing theory review. The course is to develop independent interpretation skills and working with information.

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Prerequisites and co-requisites

A requirement for completing the course is the ability to understand an academic text in English, regular attendance, preparation of reading references and one's own visual reserarch.

Course contents

This course covers visual practices of picturing the Earth as a map, diagram and physical or digital model. These practices are linked to today's ekological and (geo)political issues. The core of the course is a survey of 7 figures of the Earth which serve as navigational tools for understanding the relationship between visual culture, theory review and political realities.


Intro: How does visual culture influence thought? History of Cosmography and Cosmology

Context: Anthropocene and geopolitics of climate change

Fig 1: Globe, sphere

Fig 2: Black Earth

Fig 3: Anti-Earth

Fig 4: Gaia

Fig 5: Terrestrial revolt

Fig 6: Planetary perspective

Fig 7: Earth without us / Spectral Earth

Close: Geopolitics in the Post-Anthropocene period

Recommended or required reading

BRATTON, Benjamin H.. The Stack. Chapters 16-23: “Earth Layer”. Cambridge (MA): MIT Press. 2016. pp. 75-108. ISBN: 9780262029575

FRANKE, Anselm. “Earthrise and the Disappearance of the Outside". In Franke, A.– Diederichsen, D. (eds.) The Whole Earth. California and the Disappearance of the Outside. Berlin: Sternberg Press. 2013. pp. 12-18. ISBN 9783943365641

GABRYS, Jennifer. Program Earth. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press. 2016. ISBN: 9780816693146

KURGAN, Laura. Close up at a distance. Mapping, technology, and politics. New York: Zone Books. 2013. ISBN: 9781935408284

PARKS, Lisa. Cultures in Orbit: Satellites and the Televisual. Durham: Duke University Press. 2005. ISBN: 9780822334972

Assessment methods and criteria

Requirements for completing the course is the ability to understand an academic text in English, regular attendance, preparation of readings references and one's visual research.


Attendance (min 80%)


Preparation of text references

Visual research


Instruction is through text classes supplemented with introductory presentations, and discussions on visual research. There is also excursions to the field and lectures by foreign guests.

Lukáš Likavčan is a theoretician and researcher. He is devoted to the philosophy of technology and political ecology. He studied philosophy at the Faculty of Philosophy, Massaryk University in Brno and also studied sociology at the Boğaziçi University in Istanbul. He has been active at the Wirtschaftsuniversitaet Wien, The Hong Kong Polytechnic Uinversity, Hogeschool voor de Kunsten Untrech and BAK (Basis voor Actuele Kunst Utrecht). He was a researcher and tutor at the speculative think-tank The New Normal at the Strelka Institute for Media, Architecture and Design in Moscow.

Schedule for winter semester 2020/2021:

room 307
Room No. 6

(Lažanský palác)
(lecture parallel1)
Date Day Time Tutor Location Notes No. of paralel
Mon 10:40–12:15 Lukáš LIKAVČAN Room No. 6
Lažanský palác
lecture parallel1

Schedule for summer semester 2020/2021:

The schedule has not yet been prepared

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