Summer Course 2016

Screened Memories: Historical Narratives and Contemporary Visual Culture
1-9 July, 2016
Our understanding of the past, experience of the present, and visions of the future are shaped by the imagery transmitted by the multiple screens, which reflect and project, making reality a mediated concept and challenging the binary opposition between reality and its image. New mediatized world, marked by extreme visual excess and subtraction, requires new analytical tools and categories. These new competences are central for (re)framing the contested experience of history. The epistemological status of visual imagery in the construction and transformation of historical narratives is in the focus of the summer school.
The 2016 summer course, led by Oksana Sarkisova, includes cross-disciplinary courses and workshops with academics and filmmakers placing films, TV broadcasts, and multi-media art in global context. We will approach visual material as historical sources and ‘non-transparent’ objects, embedded in the intellectual and cultural contexts of their production and interpretation.
The school program invites advanced graduate students, researchers, young faculty, audio-visual archivists, filmmakers and visual artists to explore the functions of visual testimony and to open up new directions for research, teaching, and art.