"To See Or Not To See": In Motion

Reading Images – Exploring Visual Culture. Focus: In Motion
Lecture / Seminar

A lecture-seminar exploring the field of visual culture in the tension field between visibility and invisibility. Each lesson starts with "close readings" of images from fine arts, media, sciences and/or popular culture.
Together with the systematic exploration and discussion of the images, their backgrounds and contexts basic terms, theories, practices and methods are introduced as well.

Our goal is not only to reveal possible meanings of images and to render them with respect to related conditions of production, publication and perception/reception. Special attention is devotet to processes of mutual exchange, gains and losses, conflicts and negotiations between different areas of visual culture and other fields of cultural activity, as well as the historical horizon of current aesthetic and social practices.

Each term comes with a special thematic focus. The special focus for winter 2010/2011 is:
In Motion

For more info about the focus theme pls. see the German version.

Please note: There are related workshops and other events organized this winter term that might nicely fit into the mentioned focus:
– the symposium/conference and workshop "Mobile Textkulturen" ("Mobile Text Cultures"), Berlin, ICI, October 22 to October 24 (a project organized in cooperation with Berliner Gazette e.V.);
– the interdisciplinary workshop-summit  for art, media and network cultures interfiction "GADGETS-A-GOGO. Werkzeuge & Spielzeuge" ("Gadgets-A-Gog. Toys & Tools"), Kassel, November 12-November 14 (in the framwork of Kassel Documentary and Video Festival);
– and last but not least our ongoing project "GEHEN & SEHEN" ("WALK & WATCH – GO & SEE")

Please note: The original German Title – "Ich sehe was, was Du nicht siehst" (rough translation: "I see something you don't see") refers to a popular children's game. In Anglo-american cultures a similar game is known as "I spy with my little eye…"

Winter 2010/2011
"Ich sehe was, was Du nicht siehst" – Bild-Lektüren zur Visuellen Kultur
Fokus: In Bewegung
V/S (2 SWS) — Wed 10-12 — Sophienstr. 1-3, Room: 206*
FWI / FW II / L2-KU-M4 / L5-KU-M4 / L3-KU-M5 / L3-KU-M6 / L3-KU-M9 (3 CP)
Open to all students

* Plus on-the-spot visits & excursions.

tags: art, art & media, art history, ecology, economy, everyday cultures, film, history of science, image & imagination, imagination, (in)visibility, invisibility, media, mobility, music, natural sciences, perception, photography, popular culture, popular science, science, seeing, video, visibility, vision, visual culture, visualisation