This course aims to give students the creative perspective of the photographic medium through its experimental tradition and its creative edges in photographic history. Through the development of the photo medium, we establish its aesthetics in different period parallel to modern art history. Traveling from the ‘ birth of photography’ through the ‘avant garde’ in the 20’s until the present ‘digital’ evolution, photographers are reshaping and redefining the map of photographic implication in the creative process. As we expand our vocabulary in the creative process by employing advanced technique, new media and wider content appears and implies, we confront photography as a creative means full of possibility and challenge. This course provides a new insight for students to understand how photography renovates itself throughout decades and by closely examining the evolution into the digital era, we bring back its original aesthetics and produces our own photographic works deploying such new creative significance. In the lectures, we cover new aesthetics of photography learnt from re-examining the following big issues:
1) How photographers are fascinated by the relation of photography with speed, motion and time vs space conceptualization;
2) How new interactivity affects the pure form of photographic presentation.
3) How old and traditional technique can be re-cycled to give new possibility of futuristic manifesto of photography
4) How photography merges with other creative medium e.g. text, video and other forms to create new form and structure.
5) How photography interacts with visual arts in the hand of painters and visual artists. The lecture will open up the creative agenda and to generate discussion. Students are given creative exercise to respond to each topics discussed. We will also closely examine the thinking process of the photographic pioneers in all these related art movement. In understanding how these creative photographic strategies have been developed and practiced in art history, students can reflect on their own understanding through their own creative exercises in a workshop environment through traditional and digital means.