The Light PG Reading Group

The Light PG Reading Group proposes a discussion on the interdisciplinary role of light in contemporary practices. Postgraduate students from diverse disciplines, including arts, media, design, special practices and theory, are invited to join the dialogue with the aim of discussing how both materiality and technologies of light, advance innovative forms of expression and of experience. The Light PG Reading Group welcomes contributions across disciplines, with interest in discussing the artistic, historical, scientific and technological aspects of light in society. The Light PG Reading Group intends to raise awareness of light-based practices in preparation for the International Day of Light, 16th May 2018.


Session 1

Thur. 9th November at 4 pm – Pod A – Learning Zone, CSM

The emergence of light-based practices

Piene, N., 1967, Light-Art, In Art in America

Led by Sara Buoso, PhD student – CSM


Session 2

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.


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