Learning with Images in the Digital Age
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I would like to speak from my experience of working with the Media Lab project at Jadavpur University, Kolkata, where we have been trying to explore methods of training and research in new image forms. As teachers in the Department of Film Studies at Jadavpur, the first department of its kind in South Asia, we had to design the early curricula for a subject that scarcely had academic practitioners in India. The periodic updating of syllabi followed the logic of incorporating new scholarship. The exercise proved to be a challenge, however, with the radical transformation of the very material and social character of the image brought on by the digital. The Media Lab was launched in 2008 as a space where the logic of the transition itself could be addressed before one could arrive at modules of finished material to be taken to the classroom. The Lab hosts digital databases, which involve the practice of documentation and linkage, image production and interpretation. Workshop-based training, organized alongside all this, has been working together with possible interventions in the radically expanding spaces of image production.
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