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Academic course

The centre is deeply involved in the BA-course Art, Images, and Vision in Digital Culture.

Course content

In our current digital culture, images no longer just represent and mediate. Today, images intervene in our everyday life and are part of a media ecology where we are being watched, poked, nudged, and guided in our activities and movements  – e.g., when your newest smartphone ‘stares’ at your face and unlocks or buys on your behalf; when a map application ‘takes’ you to your destination; when default video filters automatically ‘improve’ your outer appearance in online meetings; or when your camera roll ‘commemorate’ your special moments. These new image practices are reflected by numerous contemporary artists whose works not only use computer technology as artistic media but also actively tweak and twist technology to offer surprising and critical insights into the digital technology that shapes our culture.

The course introduces students to art, images and vision in the digital field and to various aspects of the roles technology plays in our creation, circulation and use of images today. The main focus of the course is how contemporary image technologies shape us culturally on an everyday basis and how contemporary visual art can help us understand this. The course introduces students to works of art and theoretical approaches in the field and it allows students to concretely analyze how works of art and other image practices use specific image technologies. By combining theoretical insights and concrete analyses of works of art and everyday image practice, the course provides students with critical understandings of how humans and machines make sense of images today.

The course is aimed at all students interested in the content of the course, and it enables students from different disciplines to mutually benefit from exchanging knowledge. No technical skills are required.

Description of qualifications

The purpose of the internationalisation electives is to provide students with the opportunity to use a foreign language in an academic setting, and to work with an academic theme within the humanities.
The purpose is also to teach the students to operate in a cross-disciplinary teaching context, thereby gaining a cross-disciplinary perspective on their own subject area.
The course contributes to the international dimension of the degree programme and improves the students’ understanding of the academic profile of their degree programme in relation to the humanities as a whole.

Academic objectives:
In the evaluation of the student’s performance, emphasis is placed on the extent to which the student is able to:

- demonstrate knowledge of how digital technology affects contemporary practices of art, image use and vision
- apply the key theoretical and methodological approaches of the course
- critically reflect on their own oral and/or written products (and those produced by others) in relation to the academic and theoretical discussions of the course.

- analyze specific image practices in 21st century digital culture
- discuss the theme of the course in the foreign language in an academic context.

- participate in academic cross-disciplinary collaboration with students from other fields of study
- participate constructively in learning collaboration in a foreign language across educational and/or cultural backgrounds
- gain perspective on and compare the academic profile of the degree programme in relation to the subject areas of the humanities.