Visual Literacy

 

Masks and Identity: from ritual to contemporary theater

The Masque is one of the most ancient artifacts in many of the world cultures. Masques were used in religious rituals and later on turned into a main accessory in ancient performing arts. From the sixties the masque has become important again in the context of the vanguard theater and interest in the ritual aspect of performance. In the course we will discuss the different dynamics and significations of masque usage, both in ritual context and modern theater.
Elective Course
One-Semester Course

These are the main topics:

  • Characteristics of the masques
  • Relations between the masque and the notion of identity
  • The concept of the masques in ritual and theater
  • Influences of the masque on the actor and the viewer
     

Digital aesthetics

The course deals with the aesthetic principles of digital environments. We will discuss the following topics:
Elective Course
One-Semester Course
  • Criteria for aesthetic evaluation which characterize digital environments
  • Aesthetic theories of digital environments 
  • Digital art of the 20th and 21st centuries 
  • Possible uses of this art especially in the educational system.

Visual literacy and popular culture

During the course we will examine models and analyses in visual culture as part of popular culture. The main question discussed in the course is in what way visual literacy can be an important critical tool of visual culture as it appears in popular culture.
Elective Course
One-Semester Course

We will examine several visual representations and domains, such as cinema, advertising, television programs, photojournalism, artifacts, spaces, ceremonies, exhibitions and artistic events. We will also discuss theories related to cultural studies, such as everyday culture, post-colonialism, gender, and theories on contemporary New Spirituality. On the basis of the visual domains/representations and the theories related to cultural studies.

we will discuss the following issues:

  • how visual meanings are created and constructed
  • how different ideologies are visually represented
  • how models of interpretation expose and critically analyze ideologies