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VISUAL CULTURE ELEMENTS

CODE 84502
ACADEMIC YEAR 2022/2023
CREDITS
  • 6 cfu during the 2nd year of 8769 INFORMAZIONE ED EDITORIA (LM-19) - GENOVA
  • 6 cfu during the 1st year of 9918 LETTERATURE MODERNE E SPETTACOLO (LM-14) - GENOVA
  • 6 cfu during the 2nd year of 8467 STORIA DELL'ARTE E VALORIZZAZ. PATRIMONIO ARTISTICO(LM-89) - GENOVA
  • SCIENTIFIC DISCIPLINARY SECTOR L-ART/06
    LANGUAGE Italian
    TEACHING LOCATION
  • GENOVA
  • SEMESTER 2° Semester
    TEACHING MATERIALS AULAWEB

    OVERVIEW

    Since the 1990s, studies of visual culture have defined a series of methodological approaches and tools that are particularly useful to better understand the problem of incessant production and circulation of visual contents in contemporary society. The course requires solid basic knowledge of 20th century history, history of contemporary art and history of cinema and photography. 

    AIMS AND CONTENT

    LEARNING OUTCOMES

    Analysing and historicising the knowledge of theoretical reflection on the aesthetic, linguistic and philosophical statute of cinematographic images in the framework of a wider 20th century reflection on images and viewing. 

    AIMS AND LEARNING OUTCOMES

    The aim of the course is to provide students with the tools to understand the contemporary media horizon, to analyze visual and audiovisual texts and to problematize the political, social and cultural role of the media and their discourses.

    At the end of the course the student will: 1) learn about the history and theory of visual studies; 2) be able to analyze visual and audiovisual texts; 3) know how to interpret the social and cultural role of the media; 4) be able to describe, analyze and contextualize media, visual and audiovisual content; 5) possess the ability to move critically within the history of the media.

    PREREQUISITES

    Cinema and Art history

    TEACHING METHODS

    Lessons will be held in presence.

    SYLLABUS/CONTENT

    The course aims to offer a general presentation of visual studies through the analysis of some key terms of this relatively recent area. At the same time, the course will dwell in detail on the theoretical contribution of some of the main scholars of the visual studies field.

    The course is enhanced by a series of seminars with leading Italian scholars of visual culture and image and media theory.

    RECOMMENDED READING/BIBLIOGRAPHY

    - Barbara Grespi, Luca Malavasi, Dalla parte delle immagini. Temi di cultura visuale, McGraw-Hill, Milano, 2022
    - Ruggero Eugeni, Capitale algoritmico. Cinque dispositivi postmediali (più uno), Editrice Morcelliana, Brescia, 2021
    - W.J.T. Mitchell, Pictorial Turn. Saggi di cultura visuale, Raffaello Cortina Editore, Milano, 2017

    - Essays uploaded on AulaWeb

    Non attending students should add:

    - Ruggero Eugeni, La condizione postmediale. Media, linguaggi, narrazioni, La Scuola, Brescia, 2015

     

    TEACHERS AND EXAM BOARD

    Exam Board

    LUCA MALAVASI (President)

    GABRIELE RIGOLA

    LESSONS

    LESSONS START

    February 2023

    EXAMS

    EXAM DESCRIPTION

    Oral and written exam

    ASSESSMENT METHODS

    1. Oral exam aimed at assessing a solid knowledge of the constitutive themes at the center of visual studies, with particular reference to the theories developed since the nineties.
    2. A paper about one of the themes studied during the course.

    Exam schedule

    Date Time Location Type Notes
    12/12/2022 09:00 GENOVA Orale
    17/01/2023 14:00 GENOVA Orale
    08/02/2023 09:00 GENOVA Orale
    10/05/2023 09:00 GENOVA Orale
    24/05/2023 09:00 GENOVA Orale
    07/06/2023 09:00 GENOVA Orale
    05/07/2023 09:00 GENOVA Orale
    13/09/2023 09:00 GENOVA Orale