Visual Codes

Course convenor

Nikoletta Házas

Course content

The course introduces students to the methods of analysing visual communication and pictorial representation. The course focuses on the analysis of typical pictorial features of interpersonal, social and mass media communication and enables students to develop visual interpretation skills. After reading selected texts on visual culture and visual communication, students will analyze their own selection of contemporary visual objects, including advertisements, artworks, design objects, photos, and tabloids.

Indicative reading

  1. Roland Barthes, Rhetoric of the Image, VCR, Visual culture reader, Routledge, London, New York, 1998, pp. 132-139.
  2. Roland Barthes: Camera lucida, Hill and Wang, 1982
  3. Baudrillard: Simulacra and simulations. VCR, pp. 145-147.
  4. P. Bourdieu: On television, New Press, 1999
  5. Guy Debord, The Society of the Spectacle, VCR, pp. 142-145
  6. Georges Didi-Huberman: Images in spite of all: four photographs from Auswitz, Shane B. Lillis, 2008
  7. W. T. J. Mitchell: Showing seeing: A critique of Visual culture, VCR, pp.
  8. WJ.T. Mitchell: The pictorial turn, Artforum March, 1992
  9. Nicolas Mirzoeff: The Subject of visual culture, in. Visual culture reader, Routledge, London, New York, 1998
  10. 10.  Sontag, Susan: On photography , New York : Farrar : Straus : Giroux, 1973

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