The training of new generations of visual media professionals requires a constant investment in state-of-the-art knowledge and experience. The fast-paced development of digital media technologies is changing our habits of communication and driving cultural change at all levels of society. For visual media professionals, it is essential to continuously reinvent themselves in order to remain compatible with their social, cultural and professional contexts.
The BA Visual Communication – Camera Arts and Lucerne School of Art and Design undertake the following initiatives:
Recordings with at Max Planck Institute in Leipzig, 2017
Imagining Science – Visual Narration and Visualization of Scientific knowledge
Beyond research into scientific matter itself, the question arises of how science and researchers can impart complex scientific knowledge. Starting with a project collaboration with the NOMIS Foundation, this field of investigation examines the representational and narrative methods of abstract and complex scientific facts. Although both involve metaphorical ideation, the narratives of scientific thinking and the mediation of scientific knowledge are not the same – they need expert translation.
Project team: Evert Ypma, Max Bruinsma, Christian Gropper, Simon Davies, and students.
Screenshot of a citation from a video about visual designer Jan van Toorn. DutchDFA, 2013
Discourse format CA Positions
Visual media designers, photographers, artists and other creative and progressive thinkers are invited to develop visual, written or other media-based contributions to CA Positions, Camera Arts’ online publication platform on contemporary visual media and (post-)photography in relation to social questions.
Through additional formats, events, initiatives and partnerships, Camera Arts promotes professional and social discourse within and outside the walls of the university.
Project team: Max Bruinsma, Evert Ypma, Salvatore Vitale, Andrea Diefenbach, Jules Spinatsch
Urban transformation at Seetalplatz in Emmenbrücke, 2015
Emmenbrücke Genius Loci
Since 2012, Camera Arts and its second-year students have conducted visual investigations into the urban and cultural landscape of Emmenbrücke, the post-industrial town north of Lucerne, where the Lucerne School of Art and Design has been located since 2016. The project Emmenbrücke Genius Loci(“spirit of the place”) offers students the opportunity to discover and visualize numerous interesting characteristics of this hybrid urban environment. They present their results in an annual Emmenbrücke Genius Loci exhibition.
Currently three publications are in preparation: a Transmedia Storytelling Platform that documents and archives past projects and topics; a thematic exhibition with selected projects; and a publication examining contemporary notions of “genii loci”, a pluralistic conception of the construction of identity related to cities.
Project team: Evert Ypma, Andrea Diefenbach, Jules Spinatsch, Max Bruinsma, Michael Wagner
A long-term research project by Research Department of Lucerne University of Applied Sciences Design & Art. Two projects are in progress:
– Post-photography: Apparatus, Images, Practices in Art and Everyday Culture, SNSF-funded research project, 2018–2021
– Curating Photography in the Networked Image Economy, SNSF-funded research project, 2019–2020
Further information can be found on the research project blog.
Project leader: Dr. Wolfgang Brückle