Technovision will explore ways in which technologies of vision are reshaping our understanding of the world around us, our culture and society. The course will combine practical exercises with lectures, demonstrations and discussions, and will conclude with a public presentation of materials produced during the course.
The social benefit of the course will be to engender and encourage a critically engaged approach to technologies of vision, through creative experimentation and discussion.
The theme is open to interdisciplinary work that can be relevant for artists, architects, designers, engineers and technologists, social scientists and cultural theorists.
Applicants should hold a bachelor degree in a relevant subject and have an interest in exploring the theme of the course.
About the village
As our culture becomes ever more saturated with images and as technologies that deliver them become ever more ubiquitous, an informed, experimental, critical approach to the ways we use these technologies and consume images becomes an urgent question for culture and society. From smart phones and action cameras to drones and satellite imaging, the devices we have for capturing and transmitting visual information have become central tools within technological societies. They are used in widely different ways by professionals and amateurs, by individuals, organisations, institutions and corporations, and their impact is unlikely to diminish in the foreseeable future. In the course we will discuss and debate these issues and test out ways in which we can creatively adapt these technologies to our own needs and agendas.
In addition to village leader, Professor Jeremy Welsh, there will be input from artistic research fellow Dragan Miletic (Kunstakademiet i Trondheim) and Professor Jill Walker Rettberg from the University of Bergen.
Dragan Miletic’s research project is focussed upon The Aerial View in Motion, and is an elaboration of his long-term collaboration with artist and media theory Phd Synne Bull from the University of Oslo. see: http://www.bull.miletic.info
Jill Walker Rettberg is a leading Norwegian theorist of digital media and networked culture, whose current research focusses upon cultural and social aspects of technological vision. Her blog has since the early 2000’s been a widely read source of ideas and comment upon emerging digital cultures. http://jilltxt.net
Jeremy Welsh’s blog: http://jewelsh.blogspot.no
In addition to presentations, lectures and discussions taking place at the premises of Kunstakademiet (The Dept. Fine Art) there will be practical field work for groups and individuals, exploring practical applications of various technologies. The village will produce a public presentation (exhibition/screening/performance/other) at the end of the project, in Galleri KiT, the Fine Art Department’s own public exhibition space.
Students participating are expected to be actively involved, to have curiosity and critical engagement, to be willing to experiment, play, discuss and demonstrate, and to work with each other, drawing upon each other’s expertise experience and knowledge.
Research questions might include:
WHY do we use so many images in our professional, public and private lives?
HOW do technologies of vision shape and reshape our perception of the world?
WHAT kinds of creative practice are merging through the application of these technologies and how can we critically engage with these?
Kunstakademiet i Trondheim
Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU)