H Visual Culture

Essential Questions

  • bansky_warholWhat is the human impulse to re-present the world around us in image form?
  • What is the value of art?
  • Is an image able to capture “truth”?
  • What meaning does an “original” contain? What meaning does a “reproduction” have?

Students will know and be able to…

  • Define and discuss current topics and terms of visual culture
  • Apply the concepts of visual culture to the films and readings part of this unit

Tues 10/30
*Printed drafts of Dancer review due at 2.05

Intro to Visual Culture

What is the human impulse to re-present the world around us?

What is art?  Is this art?

  • Define what art is
  • Evaluate images and whether they are art or not

Reading Mary Anne Staniszewski’s Chapter “What is Art” from Believing Is Seeing

HW:  Response in classroom – According to Staniszewski, why is Duchamp’s Fountain Art?

Wed 10/31
Drop

Thurs 11/1
Writing Q1 Reflection

Fri 11/2

cont. What is art?

Watching an excerpt of Cave of Forgotten Dreams (9.20-19.02 & 1.01.16 -45.13)

HW: Tracking the visuals in your world

Our world is saturated with images.  From the phones in our hands to pumping gas with an advertisement and/or the news playing on a screen, we increasingly communicate and use visual language (think of the difference between old social media like Twitter and newer social media like Instagram and Snapchat).

With this in mind, I’m asking you to pay attention to the images you encounter as part of your experience and to keep a journal of those images.  This is an opportunity not only to think consciously about the images that make up your visual world, but also for you to start thinking about the visuals you enjoy and look at.  Your journal should keep a running log of images you both pay attention to regularly and those that you notice consciously because of the assignment.

The journal should include some images, so if you’re working digitally you can include screenshots and pictures taken of the images out in the world.  If you’re working old-school paper, then maybe print out a few of those images and screenshots to paste into your journal.

Pick either Saturday or Sunday to keep track.  You will encounter images everywhere, so if you think you’re not ask yourself what images am I seeing.  Stop signs count.  Logos on clothing count.  Which ones will you pay attention to and reflect upon.

Come into class ready to share these observations and do some reflecting upon the images you encounter and what it says about your visual world.

Mon 11/5

In-class reading annotating Practices of Looking (Introduction)

HW: Reading and annotating Practices of Looking to p 34 (Value of Images Section)

Tues 11/6
No school for you – Election Day

Wed 11/7
Reading the remaining sections of Practices of Looking (Value and Icons)

Working with your group on a poster that focused on the ideas in your section

Group – Identifying the main ideas in Practices of Looking

  • Images, Power, Politics and Representation 9-16
  • Myth of Photographic Truth 16-22
  • Images & Ideology 22-26
  • Negotiating Meaning 26-33
  • Value of Images 34-36
  • Image Icons 36-46
  • Working with your assigned group, you will identify the new and significant information, key terms, and confusing information
  • Apply the information to discuss one of the images from the text
  • Decide on one image to use  to help support the core concept from your section.

HW:  Reading and annotating Berger’s Ways of Seeing

Thurs 11/8
Presentations on Practices of Looking 

HW: Viewing Guide to Ways of Seeing episode 1

Fri 11/9
cont Practices of Looking 

Mon 11/12
finish Practices of Looking – Image Icons and Berger

  • Main ideas
  • Reflecting on your visual journal, what concepts of visual culture do you see?  Do the images in your visual culture function using these principles?

Introduction to Exit through the Gift Shop

Introduction to contemporary topics assignment

HW:  Revising Dancer review

Tues 11/13
Drop

Wed 11/14
continue Exit

  • Who is Thierry?  What did he do prior to becoming Mr. Brainwash?  How is he portrayed in the film??
  • Who is Banksy?  How is he portrayed in the film?
  • What do the signifiers of the documentary genre signify in the film?  How is Banksy working and perhaps even appropriating the documentary sign?

HW:  Revising Dancer

Thurs 11/15
What concept(s) of visual culture are present in the film? Remember Banksy is the director – the creator. So what concept is he addressing?

HW:  Revision of Dancer due at 2.05 tomorrow.  Post Spark link on google classroom

Fri 11/16
Posting link for Dancer

Writing Reflection

HW:  Response on google classroom about visual culture concept and Exit

Mon 11/19
finish Exit and connecting using the film to discuss concepts of visual culture from Practices of Looking and Berger

HW: Reviewing your journal of your visual culture and coming in with printed copies of images to work with for assignment

Tues 11/20
Working on creating your own appropriated pieces

Wed 11/21
Gallery show and reflection on what you took away from creating your own piece and working with the idea of appropriating images to say something new and what it helped you to understand about your own visual culture

Mon 11/26
Contemporary issues assignment
Starting Marie Antoinette

  • How is the film constructed?
  • What seems to be her purpose with the film?
  • How does she use a variety of elements and techniques to construct that purpose?
  • What concepts of visual culture is Coppola working with?
  • What connections do you see with how Coppola works with images and the way Banksy and other street artists may work with images?

HW:  Reading Plato’s Allegory of the Cave and answering questions

Tues 11/27
Drop

Wed 11/28
Reviewing Plato’s Allegory and experiencing the Cave

Marie Antoinette

  • How is the film constructed?
  • What seems to be her purpose with the film?
  • How does she use a variety of elements and techniques to construct that purpose?
  • What concepts of visual culture is Coppola working with?
  • What connections do you see with how Coppola works with images and the way Banksy and other street artists may work with images?

Thurs 11/29
continue Marie Antoinette

  • How is the film constructed?
  • What seems to be her purpose with the film?
  • How does she use a variety of elements and techniques to construct that purpose?
  • What concepts of visual culture is Coppola working with?
  • What connections do you see with how Coppola works with images and the way Banksy and other street artists may work with images?

HW:  Applying the concepts of the Allegory of the Cave to Marie Antoinette

Fri 12/1
finish Marie 

  • How is the film constructed?
  • What seems to be her purpose with the film?
  • How does she use a variety of elements and techniques to construct that purpose?
  • What concepts of visual culture is Coppola working with?
  • What connections do you see with how Coppola works with images and the way Banksy and other street artists may work with images?

HW:  preparing for discussion

Mon 12/3
Discussion 1

HW:  Reflection on discussion

Tues 12/4
Introduction to Children of Men

  • How is the film constructed?
  • What seems to be Alfonso Cuarón’s purpose with the film?
  • How does he use a variety of elements and techniques to construct that purpose?
  • What concepts of visual culture is Cuarón working with?
  • What connections do you see with how he works with images and the way Banksy, other street artists, and  may work with images?

HW:  Study for quiz on visual culture for Thursday.  You should be familiar with terms and concepts from the readings – Mary Anne Staniszewski’s chapter “What is Art?,” Chapter 1 of Practices of Looking, Berger, and Plato’s Allegory of the Cave.

Wed 12/5
Discussion 2

HW: Reflection

Thurs 12/6
Quiz on Visual Culture Concepts

Children of Men cont.

HW:  Children of Men response on classroom

Fri 12/7
Drop

Mon 12/10
Collect discussion reflections

Overview of Newsworthy Topics Assignment

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finish Children of Men


HW:  Children of Men response

Tues 12/11
Finish Children of Men 

Assignment for over break

Wed 12/12
Field Trip and in-class work day for others

Thurs 12/13
Debrief about museum visit

Proposal for Visual Culture speech – best form to include images?

HW:  start the outlining process

Friday 12/14
*Take 3rd lunch

Outline

Mon 12/17
Writing the introduction and fleshing out as much of the outline as possible – more there, more feedback

Submit on classroom by 2.05

Tues 12/18
Newsworthy Topics discussion

Drafting and conferencing

Wed 12/19
Drop

Thurs 12/20
Drafting and conferencing

Fri 12/21
Submit 85% draft by 11.30am

Wed 1/2
Newsworthy Topics Discussion 1

Thurs 1/3
Newsworthy Topics Discussion 2

Fri 1/4
Receive drafts back and feedback for revision