It looks like this summer will bring more blog content on the concept of the image (and the visual field in general). I’ve just received news of a place at the SIAS (Some Institutes for Advanced Study) Summer Institute called Scenes from the History of the Image: Reading Two Millennia of Conflict. It’s organised jointly by the National Humanities Center and the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin. The course will run in North Carolina this summer (2013), with another session in Berlin next summer (2014).
Here is a bit more info on the course itself — “The purpose of this seminar is to explore primary and critical writings related to the history of the image.” — and here is some info on SIAS in general. I hope to jot down some thoughts from North Carolina when the time comes. I’ve always wanted to delve deeper into the image as a medium in close interaction with the human mind, particularly given my interest in documentary photography. This might be just the chance to do so.
Here’s a piece of my application statement:
My first conscious immersion in the power of the image took place when I came across Sebastião Salgado’s Migrations that my father, a photographer and photojournalist who focuses on Latin America, kept in our living room. Fascinated by the idea of photojournalism and its ethics (how does one stand back and record horror?), I wrote and defended my Bachelor of Arts senior project at Bard College (2002) on the role of the artist in human rights. This thread also permeated my Master of Science dissertation at the University of Oxford (2007) five years later: I focused on the role of rock musicians in the USSR’s oppositional movements. Now completing a research project that seeks to formulate an understanding of how writers deal with historical and cultural legacies of their countries, I’m keen to exchange knowledge with those who do similar work on images.
Hopefully, more on this in July-August.
Summer institute preparations continue in End of Year 3.