Fall 2013 - Graduate Course Descriptions
Description of Course:
THIS COURSE IS AVAILABLE TO DOCTORAL STUDENTS ONLY.
This course involves the discussion of writings central to the theories and practices of working with text and image, with an emphasis on photography.
Our discussions will be organized into three categories: text as material, from visual poetry to conceptual art; the relationship between photography and language; and, methods used to construct meaning through the combination of image and text, including the potential afforded by contemporary art practices such as artists' books and installation art. Students will be asked to generate images in response to several readings, to foster our shared dialogue.
Each student should have access to a still or video camera, and should be able to output her images to print or digital media. Visual responses can be generated using basic consumer-level photographic processes.
Johanna Drucker, A Century of Artists' Books
Liz Kotz, Words to be Looked At
W.J.T. Mitchell, Picture Theory
Simon Morley, Writing on the Wall: Word and Image in Modern Art
Several articles available electronically may include:
Roland Barthes, "The Photographic Message." Image-Music-Text
Johanna Drucker, " Visual and Literary Materiality in Modern Art." The Visible Word: Experimental Typography and Modern Art, 1909-1923
Luke Skrebowski, "Productive Misunderstandings: Interpreting Mel Bochner's Theory of Photography."
Course Requirements/Evaluation Criteria:
Course requirements include active participation in class discussions, in-class presentation and review essay, annotated bibliography of selected readings (ten one-page annotations), visual images created to correspond to the three discussion categories.