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Exploring Visual Culture - Berlin, Vienna, Shanghai

Icons and media celebrities, advertising and news images, and a myriad of visual messages that we encounter in our daily life all try to shape the way we think, feel and respond to the reality around us. They are designed to influence our beliefs and values, our sense of identity, our consumer preferences, as well as our social commitments and affiliations. In our intellectual journey we will learn to critically understand such artifacts of visual culture: visual literacy is the aim of this colloquium. We will consider approaches to visual expression that is found as much in film and television commercials as it is in museums. We will focus on the web presence of art, performative events and architecture in Berlin, Vienna and Shanghai and the representation of these metropoles in film. The colloquium will also include a viewing of works at the Hallie Ford Museum of Art.

Aili Zheng

Course taught by

Aili Zheng