IMK081 Visual Culture

Faculty of Arts
Spring 2015
Extent and Intensity
2/0/0. 6 credit(s). Type of Completion: zk (examination).
PhDr. Aleš Filip, Ph.D. (lecturer)
Guaranteed by
doc. Mgr. Jana Horáková, Ph.D.
Department of Musicology - Faculty of Arts
Contact Person: Bc. Jitka Leflíková
Supplier department: Department of Musicology - Faculty of Arts
Fri 20. 2. 15:50–17:25 N21, Fri 20. 3. 15:50–17:25 N21, Fri 24. 4. 15:50–17:25 N21, Fri 15. 5. 15:50–17:25 N21
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 150 student(s).
Current registration and enrolment status: enrolled: 0/150, only registered: 0/150, only registered with preference (fields directly associated with the programme): 0/150
fields of study / plans the course is directly associated with
Course objectives
At the end of the course students will be able to:
Define key notions from the field of visual studies and know its key representatives.
Be aware of the theories used for interpreting visual culture.
Interpret a broad range of imagery according to visual culture studies.
  • 1) Introduction. What is visual culture? Art history and visual studies. Concepts of visual studies in the USA, Great Britain, Germany, France and Czech Republic. Concerning depiction – E. H. Gombrich. Prehistory of visual studies.
  • 2) "A true image" and its historical changes. Mimesis. Visual representations of reality according to N. Mirzoeff and A. Gehlen. Analogies between mediums and bodies according to H. Belting. Theory of photographical and cinematographic image. Veristic painting methods.
  • 3) Visual perception. Line, field and ornament. Theory of colors. The construction of picture space and perspective. Optical illusions.
  • 4) "A visual language". Visual alphabets. Forms of a nonverbal communication. Research of gestures. The figurative atlas Mnemosyné by Aby Warburg.
  • 5) Languages of art. The terms High (Supreme, Sacred, Beautiful...) and Low (Ordinary, Profane, Ugly...). Forms of artistic representation. New artistic media after 1945, their functions in modernism and postmodernism. A preventive kitsch according to R. Scruton. Meaning of images according to G. Boehm. Idea in art – concepts.
  • 6) Theoretic reflections of urbanism, architecture and design, as well as their aesthetic and non-aesthetic functions.
  • 7) Functions of image. Scopophilia/voyeurism and its feminist critics. Effects of synesthesy. Virtual reality and simulacra. The power of images and visual representations of power.
    required literature
  • AUMONT, Jacques. Obraz. 1. vyd. V Praze: Akademie múzických umění v Praze, 2005. 325 s. ISBN 80-7331-045-7. info
    recommended literature
  • BERGER, John. O pohledu. Vyd. 1. Praha : Agite/Fra, 2009. 225 s (Edice vizuální teorie) ISBN 9788086603810.
  • Císař, Karel (ed.). Co je to fotografie? Praha : Hermann & synové, 2004.
  • FILIPOVÁ, Marta and Matthew RAMPLEY. Možnosti vizuálních studií : obrazy, texty, interpretace. 1. vyd. Brno: Masarykova univerzita, Filozofická fakulta, Seminář dějin umění, 2007. 254 s. ISBN 9788087029268. info
  • Representation : cultural representations and signifying practices. Edited by Stuart Hall. 1st pub. London: SAGE Publications, 1997. 400 s. ISBN 0761954325. info
  • KESNER, Ladislav, ed. Vizuální teorie. Současné angloamerické myšlení o výtvarných dílech (2.rozšířené vydání). Jinočany: H & H, 2005. 372 pp. ISBN 80-7319-043-5. info
  • The visual culture reader. Edited by Nicholas Mirzoeff. 2nd ed. London: Routledge, 2002. xix, 737. ISBN 0415252229. info
  • Sturken, Marita - Cartwright, Lisa. Studia vizuální kultury. Praha : Portál, 2009. 471 s. ISBN 9788073675561.
    not specified
  • BELTING, Hans. Bild-Anthropologie : Entwürfe für eine Bildwissenschaft. 2. Aufl. München: Wilhelm Fink Verlag, 2002. 278 s. ISBN 3770534492. info
  • MIRZOEFF, Nicholas. An introduction to visual culture. 1st publ. London: Routledge, 1999. xi, 274. ISBN 0415158761. info
Teaching methods
Assessment methods
Exam: written test (5 questions).
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: 4x za semestr.
The course is also listed under the following terms Spring 2010, Spring 2011, Spring 2012, Spring 2013, Spring 2014, Spring 2016, Spring 2017, Spring 2018, Spring 2019, Spring 2020, Spring 2021.
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