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Visual Culture and Computational Thinking 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
Today’s visual culture is heavily dominated by digitalization and computation: Not only are the majority of images that we look at digitally created and/or presented, they are also circulated and modified digitally, and this influences how we handle and understand images. The course allows students to work on two overall and interrelated strands: How do we understand and analyse digital and computational images (from private Snapchats to CCTV in public space and satellite maps in the daily TV weather report)? And how do new technologies alter the way we understand and use images on a more general, cultural level? For instance: What are the cultural implications of fact that traditional maps are now split into Google street view imagery on the one hand and pure GPS-data on the other? Or, what do we consider to be a visually accurate portrait of person today – a selfie or a graph showing the person’s biometric data? The course is aimed at students from the field of visual culture (including e.g. art history, visual anthropology etc.) as well as students from computational/digital fields. Through the course, visual culture students will gain better understanding of the practical, analytical, and theoretical implications computational thinking poses to visual culture, and student from computational/digital fields will gain a better understanding of images and visual culture.  The course will apply a cross-disciplinary approach that enables students from different disciplines to mutually benefit from exchanging existing knowledge, but students are not required to have cross-disciplinary experience prior to the course. The course combines the study of visual culture with the broad field of computational thinking, understanding and reflexion.

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Application date
Mar 15
Start date
Jul 23


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