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Foto: Why Images?

  • ECTS credits0
  • Teaching semesterSpring, Autumn
  • Course codeKMD-FOT-201
  • Number of semesters1
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Objectives and Content

Why do images exist? Why do we make them or use them? Are there too many? Too

few? Can we imagine a world without them, as William Bornefeld once did? Or a world

filled with images only and deprived of text, as Vilém Fusser ventured to think?

This course will study the production of images, their existence and distinct

organizational and/or value systems; its aim is to learn to read and speak of images.

We will undertake historical and contemporary issues by addressing concepts such

as surface, reflection, display, material, readability, representation, illusion,

appearance, manipulation, context, frame, technology, disappearance, abstraction,

over-exposure, resistance, copyright, ideology, remembrance, obsolescence,

decoding, encoding, censorship, subordination, witness, slippage.

We will commit ourselves to group discussions and will dissect artists¿ works, analyze

key texts, engage with guest speakers, and visit specific exhibitions, sites, and

archives.