Digital Visual and Narrative Culture

Digital technology and the emergence of the world wide web have multiplied the amount of encounters we have with (moving) images and personal stories. Due to the availability of simple and affordable technology, the ability to photograph or film events or to record people’s experiences has come within anybody’s reach. This has contributed to the development of a participatory digital visual and narrative culture. We will discuss the most important insights from studies of visual and oral culture, analyse different types of audiovisual formats and content, explore visual archives and take a look into the future of audiovisual analysis. The key term in this course is the ‘semantic gap’: the difference between the images we see and the words we use to describe them. We will explore the dimensions of this term through two major assignments. For one of these we will team up with the Nationaal Archief (Dutch National Archives) to compare their own descriptions of pictures from their collection to those provided by Flickr users on the same collection. For non Dutch speakers there are ample challenging alternatives. The best results will be published on the website of the minor as an enhanced essay.


Course Materials

The course manual will be available from September 2014. For the course manual of 2013, see Archive.

Projects created by students in the course “Digital Visual Culture” in 2013.