TIM_BK_006 Visual Culture

Faculty of Arts
Spring 2023
Extent and Intensity
1/1/0. 5 credit(s). Type of Completion: zk (examination).
doc. Mgr. Jozef Cseres, PhD. (lecturer)
Mgr. Ondřej Krajtl (lecturer)
Guaranteed by
doc. Mgr. Jozef Cseres, PhD.
Department of Musicology - Faculty of Arts
Contact Person: Bc. Jitka Leflíková
Supplier department: Department of Musicology - Faculty of Arts
Fri 24. 2. 11:00–12:40 N21, Fri 24. 3. 11:00–12:40 N21, Fri 21. 4. 11:00–12:40 N21, Fri 19. 5. 11:00–12:40 N21
Reading texts in English.
Course Enrolment Limitations
The course is also offered to the students of the fields other than those the course is directly associated with.
The capacity limit for the course is 100 student(s).
Current registration and enrolment status: enrolled: 9/100, only registered: 0/100, only registered with preference (fields directly associated with the programme): 0/100
fields of study / plans the course is directly associated with
Course objectives
This course serves as an introduction to visual culture studies. It aims to familiarize participants with the basic terms and concepts for visual texts analysis, it introduces the key thinkers and the main theories of contemporary visual studies.
Learning outcomes
At the end of this course, the student will be able to:
- characterize the milestones in the history of visual culture;
- define the basic terms for visual culture studies;
- know key visual culture thinkers;
- orient themselves in theories of visual culture interpretation;
- use selected ways of visual texts interpretation.
  • - Introduction to Visual Culture
  • - The birth of images
  • - Writing as a visual communication
  • - Images and reality I.: mimésis, perspective, the myth of photographic truth
  • - Functions and values of images
  • - The Meaning of Images I.: Iconography and iconology
  • - The Meaning of Images II.: Coding/Decoding and Ideology
  • - Practices of Looking, discourse and power
  • - Image and the Spectacle
  • - Images and reality II.: massmedia, simulacrum, hyperreality
  • - Commodification of the image, desire and popculture
  • - Image, ways of reproduction and digital technologies
  • - Seeing Science: models, maps, plans, visualisations, big data etc.
    required literature
  • STOCCHETTI, Matteo a Karin KUKKONEN. Images in Use. Towards the critical analysis of visual communication. Amsterdam – Philadelphia: John Benjamin B.V., 2011. ISBN 9789027206350.
  • PACHMANOVÁ, Martina (ed.). Mít a být : sběratelství jako kumulace, recyklace a obsese. Translated by Lucie Vidmar - Josef Fulka. Vyd. 1. V Praze: Vysoká škola uměleckoprůmyslová, 2008. 223 s. ISBN 9788086863252
  • BERGER, John. O pohledu. Vyd. 1. Praha : Agite/Fra, 2009. 225 s (Edice vizuální teorie) ISBN 9788086603810.
  • VANČÁT, Jaroslav. Vývoj obrazivosti od objektu k interaktivitě: Gnozeologické předpoklady analýzy obrazové stránky nových médií. Praha: Karolinum, 2010. ISBN 9788024616254.
  • VANČÁT, Jaroslav. Tvorba vizuálního zobrazení: Gnoseologický a komunikační aspekt výtvarného umění ve výtvarné výchově. Praha: Karolinum, 2008. ISBN 9788071849759.
  • STURKEN, Marita a Lisa CARTWRIGHT. Studia vizuální kultury. Praha : Portál, 2009. 471 s. ISBN 9788073675561.
  • CÍSAŘ, Karel (ed.). Co je to fotografie? Praha : Hermann & synové, 2004.
  • SPIVEY, Nigel. How Art Made the World. ISBN 9780465081813. New York: Basic Books, 2005
  • KESNER, Ladislav (ed.). Vizuální teorie : současné angloamerické myšlení o výtvarných dílech. Translated by Lucie Vidmar. 2. rozš. vyd. Jinočany: H&H, 2005. 372 s. ISBN 8073190540
  • FILIPOVÁ, Marta a Matthew RAMPLEY. Možnosti vizuálních studií : obrazy, texty, interpretace. 1. vyd. Brno: Masarykova univerzita, Filozofická fakulta, Seminář dějin umění, 2007. 254 s. ISBN 9788087029268.
  • The visual culture reader. Edited by Nicholas Mirzoeff. 2nd ed. London: Routledge, 2002. xix, 737. ISBN 0415252229
  • Representation : cultural representations and signifying practices. Edited by Stuart Hall. 1st pub. London: SAGE Publications, 1997. 400 s. ISBN 0761954325
  • AUMONT, Jacques. Obraz. Translated by Ladislav Šerý. 2. vyd. V Praze: Nakladatelství Akademie múzických umění, 2010. 319 s. ISBN 9788073311650
  • HÁJEK, Václav. Jak rozpoznat odpadkový koš : eseje o stereotypech ve vizuální kultuře. 1. vyd. V Praze: Labyrint, 2011. 148 s. ISBN 9788087260319.
Teaching methods
Lectures, class discussions, readings.
Assessment methods
Written test that consists of 20 questions based on selected literauture, 60 % of correct answers is needed to pass.
Language of instruction
Further comments (probably available only in Czech)
Study Materials
The course is taught annually.
Information on the extent and intensity of the course: 80 hodin výuky/semestr.
The course is also listed under the following terms Spring 2020, Spring 2021, Spring 2022, Spring 2024.
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