IMK081 Visual Culture

Faculty of Arts
Spring 2018
Extent and Intensity
2/0/0. 6 credit(s). Type of Completion: zk (examination).
Mgr. Ondřej Krajtl (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 23. 2. 15:50–17:25 N43, Fri 23. 3. 15:50–17:25 N43, Fri 27. 4. 15:50–17:25 N43, Fri 18. 5. 15:50–17:25 N43
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: 4/150, 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
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
- choose from the theories of visual culture interpretation
- use selected ways of interpretation of visual texts
  • 1. Introduction to Visual Culture 2. The birth of images 3. Writing as a visual communication 4. Images and reality I.: mimésis, perspective, the myth of photographic truth 5. Functions and values of images 6. The Meaning of Images I.: Iconography and iconology 7. The Meaning of Images II.: Coding/Decoding and Ideology 8. Practices of Looking, discourse and power 9. Image and the Spectacle 10. Images and reality II.: massmedia, simulacrum, hyperreality 11. Commodification of the image, desire and popculture 12. Image, ways of reproduction and digital technologies 13. Seeing Science: models, maps, plans, visualisations, big data etc.
    required literature
  • AUMONT, Jacques. Obraz. Translated by Ladislav Šerý. 2. vyd. V Praze: Nakladatelství Akademie múzických umění, 2010. 319 s. ISBN 9788073311650. info
    recommended literature
  • Císař, Karel (ed.). Co je to fotografie? Praha : Hermann & synové, 2004.
  • BERGER, John. O pohledu. Vyd. 1. Praha : Agite/Fra, 2009. 225 s (Edice vizuální teorie) ISBN 9788086603810.
  • Sturken, Marita - Cartwright, Lisa. Studia vizuální kultury. Praha : Portál, 2009. 471 s. ISBN 9788073675561.
  • BERGER, John, Sven BLOMBERG, Christyan FOX, Michael DIBB and Richard HOLLIS. Způsoby vidění. Translated by Andrea Průchová Hrůzová. 1. vydání. Praha: Labyrint, 2016. 150 stran. ISBN 9788087260784. info
  • HÁJEK, Václav. Jak rozpoznat odpadkový koš : eseje o stereotypech ve vizuální kultuře. 1. vyd. V Praze: Labyrint, 2011. 148 s. ISBN 9788087260319. info
  • Mít a být : sběratelství jako kumulace, recyklace a obsese. Edited by Martina Pachmanová, Translated by Lucie Vidmar - Josef Fulka. Vyd. 1. V Praze: Vysoká škola uměleckoprůmyslová, 2008. 223 s. ISBN 9788086863252. info
  • 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
  • Vizuální teorie : současné angloamerické myšlení o výtvarných dílech. Edited by Ladislav Kesner, Translated by Lucie Vidmar. 2. rozš. vyd. Jinočany: H&H, 2005. 372 s. ISBN 8073190540. info
  • BARTHES, Roland. Mytologie. Translated by Josef Fulka. 1. vyd. v českém jazyce. Praha: Dokořán, 2004. 170 s. ISBN 808656973X. info
  • The visual culture reader. Edited by Nicholas Mirzoeff. 2nd ed. London: Routledge, 2002. xix, 737. ISBN 0415252229. info
  • Representation : cultural representations and signifying practices. Edited by Stuart Hall. 1st pub. London: SAGE Publications, 1997. 400 s. ISBN 0761954325. info
Teaching methods
lectures, class discussion, reading
Assessment methods
Written test 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: 4x za semestr.
The course is also listed under the following terms Spring 2010, Spring 2011, Spring 2012, Spring 2013, Spring 2014, Spring 2015, Spring 2016, Spring 2017, Spring 2019, Spring 2020, Autumn 2020, Spring 2021.
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