Sunday, November 25, 2007

Welcome to Our Class Blog/VisCult Fall 07

This is the class blog for LHUM 333: Approaches to Visual Culture, at Berklee College of Music in the Fall 2007 semester.

Course Description: Images are everywhere and they shape our ideas, values, and desires. How has the image come to be so powerful? How can we navigate the barrage of still and moving images? We will explore a range of critical and theoretical approaches to understanding the meanings we make of images, icons, and visual representations.

“Visual culture” is a term that includes what has traditionally been thought of as the “fine” arts as well as more “popular” forms of visible media such as comics, advertising, television, film, decorative arts, video, installations, performance art, and digital and new media art.

This course is based on the belief that learning about art, media, and culture happened best when we combine critical and creative work. In other words, you have to make visual culture as well as read about it, analyze it, and interpret it. Moreover, this course asks you to think of yourself as an artist in the broadest sense of the word. Artists show us what we’ve not perceived before, or new things about what’s familiar. Therefore, assignments will be both analytical and creative, and will incorporate writing, drawing, and collage. Don’t worry about your artistic talent—you won’t be graded on your artistic ability, but on your artistic sensibility!

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