Foto: Why Images?
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