The Light Postgraduate Reading Group

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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