Case studies from history of visual cultures 2

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373PSVK2 Z 2 2ST English, Czech summer

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Learning outcomes of the course unit

Students will have at the end of the course an overview of contemporary theory review of the development of new technology, particularly digital platforms and artificial intelligence. Students will be able to independently analyse visual culture in its technological context with consideration of its existing theory review. This course is aimed at developing independent interpretation skills and working with information.

Mode of study

Výuka je vedena formou textových seminářů doplněných úvodním výkladem a diskuzí nad vizuálními rešeršemi. V rámci kurzu proběhne také terénní výjezd a přednáška zahraničního hosta.

Prerequisites and co-requisites

Samostatní kreativní činnost.

Course contents

This course covers changes in contemporary visual culture. The first part of the course covers digital cultures and the second contemporary visual cultures whose production is more and more connected to machines. The core of the course is and overview of examples illustrating the relationship among visual culture, theory review and the development of technology. This overview is supplemented with readings about basic technical and operational images.

Syllabus:

Intro: Operational and technical images

Context: Automation

Example 1: Aerial and satellite images

Example 2.1 Physical models

Example 2.2 Digital models and simulations

Example 3. Video games

Example 4. Visual communications and social networks

Example 5.1 Principles of machine vision

Example 5.2 Machine imagery

Example 6. Image and transaction

Example 7. Invisible images

Close: Machine fetishism and animism platforms.

Recommended or required reading

Required literature:

BESHTY, Walead, ed. Picture Industry. A Provisional History of the Technical Image (1844–2018), Curych: JRP Ringier, 2018. 864 stran, ISBN 978-3037645024.

Recommended readings:

BORGES, Jorge Luis. On Exactitude in Science, 1946.

BOWN, Alfie. Playstation Dreamworld, Cambridge: Polity Press, 2018. 140 stran, ISBN 978-1509518029.

FAROCKI, Harun. Phantom Images, 2004.

FLUSSER, Vilém. Into the universe of technical images. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2011. xxvii, 192 stran Electronic mediations; v. 32. ISBN 978-0-8166-7020-8.

PAGLEN, Trevor. Invisible Images (Your Pictures Are Looking at You), in The New Inquiry, 2016. (accessible here: https://thenewinquiry.com/invisible-images-your-pictures-are-looking-at-you/)

Assessment methods and criteria

Předpokladem pro absolvování kurzu je schopnost porozumět anglicky psanému akademickému textu, pravidelná docházka, příprava výkazů z četby a vlastní vizuální rešerše.

Hodnocení:

Docházka (min 80 %)

Aktivní účast

Příprava výkazů z četby

Vizuální rešerše

Note

Lukáš Likavčan je teoretik a výzkumník. Ve své práci se věnuje filosofii technologií a politické ekologii. Vystudoval filosofii na FF MU v Brně, studoval také sociologii na Boğaziçi University v Istanbule. Působil na Wirtschaftsuniversität Wien, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hogeschool voor de Kunsten Utrecht a BAK, basis voor actuele kunst Utrecht. Jako výzkumník a tutor je součástí spekulativního think-tanku The New Normal na Strelka Institute for Media, Architecture and Design v Moskvě.

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