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Representing Science: The Aesthetics of Contemporary Scientific Imagery 2018

Summer School of , 10 ECTS
Architecture, design and visual arts Humanities, social sciences, communication and arts

Institution Aarhus University (AU)
Campus Aarhus
Duration 3 weeks
Tuition per term (Non-EU/EAA/CH) 1373 EUR
Tuition per term (EU/EAA/CH) 830 EUR

The course investigates imagery and visual cultures of the natural sciences and art, and is aimed equally at students from the humanities and science programmes. The course’s focus is contemporary practices of visual culture in science and in art and especially how these practices relate, differ and compare in the 21st century. We will work with questions like: When, how and why do scientific images prompt aesthetic experiences in its audience? And when, how and why do they not? What is, theoretically, the difference between a scientific graph and an oil painting that represents the same thing? What characterizes a good diagram and why is a pretty diagram not necessary aesthetically satisfactory? How does art use visual culture from science and vice versa?    The purpose of the course is to provide students from the humanities and the natural sciences with a broader as well as deeper knowledge of scientific imagery and visual culture.  

The students gain knowledge about image practices and visual cultures in different disciplines, which provide the students with insight into new ways of generating, utilizing, analyzing and interpreting images. The course enables students to bring those new insights back to their core discipline and apply them fruitfully in their future academic work. Students are not expected to have any cross-disciplinary experience (humanities-natural science) prior to the course.

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Application date
Mar 15
Start date
Jul 03


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