New ATEC Course Explores How to “See”


Amen Brothers?

The “Visual Sample and Remix” course aims to answer two questions:
“What can we see?” and “Where does it come from?”
In ATEC, we need to answer these questions to understand and do visual innovation.

The course will “look” into questions such as:

  • Does Anakin’s mother replace Michelangelo’s Christ?
  • Are Sean Connery and Obi-Wan Kenobi usurping Saint Christopher?
  • Does Southpark steal from gross Renaissance typesetters?
  • Are ancient superheroes marveled by Marvel?
  • Is Grandmaster Flash the new Andrea Palladio?
  • Do TV tropes, movie quotes, and classic iconography differ?
  • Can gossip, sampling in music, and visual memes spread like the flu?
  • Is everything an assemblage and can animals be plants?
  • What is horizontal gene transfer, and does it apply to comics?
  • Are religious painting and the Cambrian explosion related?
  • Is Art History superseded by Facebook engineers?
  • Are billions of images different?
  • Amen Brother?

The key learning objective of this course is learning how to “see”.

Typical assignments in this course include finding a number of images that are related to a sample image in terms of significant similarity, reuse, or remix. Students will learn to document their search strategy, find and reference the original, describe relations, and visualize citation patterns and mechanisms. There will be short readings regarding the continuity and variation in the meaning of images, and extensive discussion of visual material in class. We will also “create” visualizations of our “insights”.

Google Image Search + selected readings, provided by the instructor.



Maximilian Schich

ATEC 4370.001 “Visual Sample & Remix”
Instructor: Schich, Maximilian
Wed 4:00 PM – 6:45 PM
Room: ATC 2.811