Making Meaning, Mediums, Messages by Rohan Shivkumar

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About Course

This course unpacks the relationship between ideas that plague architecture and urban practice, and image-making practices.

What Will You Learn?

  • This course uses a multidisciplinary approach to introduce several concepts, themes, and theories relating to architecture and urbanism, primarily using cinema as a lens to draw correlations between these disciplines. Thus, the course is helpful to develop understandings about these themes in a visually enticing and narratively engaging manner.

Course Content

Lecture 1: Architecture of Representation
This lecture looks at images that have taken various different trajectories of interpretation, and whose meanings and imaginations have changed over time, cultures, and milieus.

  • Video Lecture

Lecture 2: Cinema as Pedagogy
This lecture examines image-making practices within the language and medium of cinema, and how the idea of the film as a pedagogic tool or a tool of information and propaganda can be critically understood.

Lecture 3: Illusions of the Real
This lecture talks about how film has been used as a medium of representing reality and different interpretations of reality.

Lecture 4: The Uses of Alienation
This lecture explores the way in which the illusion of the transparency of the medium to represent reality is challenged.

Lecture 5: Subaltern Images
This lecture explores the idea of the ‘subaltern’ through a deconstruction of several iconic scenes from films.

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