Looking Closely

The last two weeks were dominated by the visual: first watching Cléo de 5 à 7, followed by a discussion on time relates to individual or personal time. The film had the class think about real and cinematic time, the ideas of age and beauty, the relevance of insecurity and the sense of impending doom.

Today’s class turned to the insights of John Berger, and the first episode of Ways of Seeing, stopping to talk about the role of time with respect to art and what happens to images in the age of mechanical reproduction. We’re reading the essay through the week and will discuss it in the next class. Additionally, each student picks one work in the canon of western art and the way the artwork deals with time!



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