Date: Thur. 30th November at 4 pm
Venue: Pod A – Learning Zone, Library, Central Saint Martins
Techniques of the Observer – Jonathan Crary
Melanie King will lead a reading group, using “Techniques of the Observer” by Jonathan Crary as a starting point, exploring first of all how Goethe made a personal distinction between objective truth and subjective perception after seeing strange colours and forms inside a camera obscura.
Throughout the reading group session there will be a chance to discuss: the camera and objectivity in art and science, the retinal after image, optics and objectivity, perception of colour, the camera obscura, illusions – kalleidoscopes, dioramas, stereoscopes, phantasmagoria.