Announcing “Seeing is Thinking” and “Visible and Invisible,” two Spring 2016 VCS Continuing Education courses presented by Silvio Wolf

Today’s post presents information about two VCS Continuing Education courses that artist Silvio Wolf will teach during the Spring 2016 semester. I’ve presented the full description of each course below, including details on the schedule, course fee, and location. As you’ll note in the descriptions, each of these can be taken for undergraduate credit.

For information about our our full schedule of Continuing Education classes for the spring semester, check out the VCS CE listings on the SVA website. You can also filter them according to the following categories:

Here are the listings for Silvio Wolf’s courses. To visit the original listing on the SVA website and register for the class, click on the title of each, or the accompanying image.


 

Seeing is Thinking: The Image as Threshold of Reality thumbnail
Wednesday, 6:00PM – 9:45PM
Jan 27 – Apr 20
4.50 CEUs, 12 Sessions

Silvio Wolf, Visual artist

In how many ways can we visually express and represent notion of reality? Is visible reality our source material to be transformed in symbols and metaphors of our thought? Can the lens-based arts create an active bridge between the subject who sees and the “real,” to access the seemingly unreachable out there and invisibly here? In this course we will address these questions and many related ones from a theoretical and experiential point of view, to explore the rich and manifold relations between what we think and what we see. We shall explore the fine line that defines one and the other by means and within the image frame: ultimately the threshold that joins and separates these fundamental human activities. Images will shape and transform what we see: Where they stand in our experiential path to ascribe meaning and insight to reality? How do they condition our subjective way of thinking? Photography and other lens-based arts will be the means, disciplines and leaders of our multilayered exploration. Source materials for discussion will include works by Bacon, Baldessari, Boccioni, Calle, Cartier-Bresson, Casebere, Cattelan, Lorca di Corcia, Crewdson, Demand, Escher, Ghirri, Jaar, Josephson, Magritte, Matta Clark, Moholy-Nagy, Picasso, Pistoletto, Pollock, Rodin, Rousse, Sherman, Siskind, Sugimoto, Turrel, Velasquez, Viola and Wall, among others. We will also discuss writings by Barthes, Calvino, Eliot, Florenskij, Hawking, Herrigel, Kandel, Panofsky and Pirandello, and films by Antonioni, Buñuel, Kim Ki-Duk, Lars von Trier, Mancevski, Schnabel and Tarkovsky. Each session will be a special place to share ideas and experience in a stimulating cultural environment where students’ contributions will play a fundamental role in the making of our path of knowledge.
NOTE: This course may be taken for undergraduate credit. Please refer to VCD-3357-CE in the credit courses section of this website for details.
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Course Number: VCC-3357-CE

Visible and Invisible: The Lens as Interpretation of Reality thumbnail
Monday, 6:00PM – 9:45PM
Jan 25 – Apr 18
4.50 CEUs, 12 Sessions

Silvio Wolf, Visual artist

At once abstract and indexical, the lens-based arts reveal and transform the world. This course will explore both the conceptual and experiential with the goal of integrating theory, criticism and art practice. The language and nature of the lens-based arts in its varied forms: photography, moving image (video and film) and installation will be addressed. Students will develop their personal vision and nourish a conceptual and spiritual quest through the experience of art in a stimulating and interdisciplinary cultural environment. Our main areas of investigation include: time, space, light and language; point of view and interpretation; reality and fiction. We will discuss works by Bacon, Brueghel, Cartier-Bresson, Casebere, Cattelan, Lorca di Corcia, Crewdson, Demand, Escher, Ghirri, Hilliard, Josephson, Kosuth, Magritte, Matta Clark, Moholy-Nagy, Pistoletto, Pollock, Richter, Rodchenko, Rodin, Rousse, Sherman, Sugimoto, Velasquez, Vermeer, Viola and Wall. We will also discuss writings by Auster, Barthes, Buber, Calvino, Eliot, Herrigel, Panofsky and Pirandello, and films by Antonioni, Buñuel, Kurosawa, Lars von Trier, Mancevski, Schnabel and Tarkovsky. Students will be encouraged to participate actively in discussions of concepts and works presented, including their own. Projects will be assigned to experiment and reflect upon the topics discussed.
NOTE: This course may be taken for undergraduate credit. Please refer to VSD-3278-CE in the credit courses section of this website for details.
Course Number: VSC-3278-CE

Visual & Critical Studies