Case studies from history of visual cultures 1

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Code Completion Credits Range Language Instruction Semester
373PSVK1 ZK 2 2T English, Czech winter

Subject guarantor

Lukáš LIKAVČAN

Name of lecturer(s)

Lukáš LIKAVČAN

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.

Mode of study

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.

Prerequisites and co-requisites

Independent creative activity

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.

Syllabus:

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, B. (2016) The Stack. Chapters 16-23: “Earth Layer”. Cambridge (MA): MIT Press, pp. 75-108.

Franke, A. (2013) “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, pp. 12-18.

Gabrys, J. (2016) Program Earth. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press.

Kurgan, L. (2013) Close up at a distance. Mapping, technology, and politics. New York: Zone Books.

Parks, L. (2005) Cultures in Orbit: Satellites and the Televisual. Durham: Duke University Press

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.

Grading:

Attendance (min 80%)

Participation

Preparation of text references

Visual research

Note

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 2019/2020:

06:00–08:0008:00–10:0010:00–12:0012:00–14:0014:00–16:0016:00–18:0018:00–20:0020:00–22:0022:00–24:00
Mon
room 307
Room No. 6

(Lažanský palác)
LIKAVČAN L.
10:40–12:15
(lecture parallel1)
Tue
Wed
Thu
Fri
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 2019/2020:

The schedule has not yet been prepared

The subject is a part of the following study plans