Year 1: (De)constructing the Apparatus of Looking (1/6)

Lecturers: Sjoerd van Oevelen & Elodie Hiryczuk
Course: Image Design
Date: Wed. 15.11 | Begin: 10.00 | End 17.00 hrs

Room: Moving Image

Photographer Bernard Sury focuses a camera on a cave painting at Lascaux, 1947

Questionning the idea of photography as a window to a reality beyond the camera is the underlying theme of this course. We are so used to understand the world through photographic images that we often forget the inherent ambiguities of the lens-based image. During the course we will explore the visual representation of space through different empirical and scientific methods as well as artistic and philosophical concepts. We will investigate the precise role of looking and discuss alternative ways of image-making that escape the fixed program of the photographic apparatus.

Each session will begin with a lecture centered on one topic followed by an experimental assignment to be conducted during class. Throughout the sessions we will give you feedback and monitor the making process. We will close each session with a short presentation and a discussion of eachother's experiments and analyse how images and theoretical concepts influence each other. The final session will include a small public exhibition of all your experiments in the academy building.

Assignment outline
The assignments will be based on the 'Theoria cum Praxis' principle of German philosopher Leibniz in which theory is always combined with practice and vice versa. Through this 'learning by doing' (or 'body learning') each assignment aims to be an empirical experiment or a test for a specific question about perception, representation, the experience of space, virtuality and physicality. For all these assignments you will need a (digital) photo camera. When needed a list of additional materials will be provided a week before each session.

Session 1/6 Wednesday 15.11
Lecture 1: Introduction on the fundamentals of looking in relation to representation
Experiment 1: Perspective Machine

A pencil, a ruler, a triangular ruler, a digital camera or smartphone 


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