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ATLS 4519/5519: Studio: Alt Lens

Course Description

Historically, artists have been some of the most experimental and exploratory individuals working with cutting edge technology, conceptually (and literally) breaking down the whole to better understand the parts. The fundamental purpose of this course is to approach imaging tools with a completely fresh mindset in order to create experimental pictures that challenge notions of current artistic practices and their results.

We will use hardware such as photocopiers, digital pinhole cameras, scanners, and drones and other modified technology to discover the creative possibilities at the confluence of where digital meets analog. We will turn conventional image manipulation and nonlinear video editing software upside down to see what falls out. The overall methodology we seek is one of inquiry and questioning in terms of the how and why photo-images are produced.

Course Objectives

Students who successfully complete this course will:

Critical Thinking & Theory / History:
  • Investigate the history and practice of experimental photo art by focusing on those we consider “image breakers”
  • Develop an open minded, alternative approach to imaging tools in order to question current trends and uses
  • Create experimental images (still and video) in the landscape, portrait and still life realms of imaging practice
  • Create a final portfolio of digital as well as physical, printed works
  • Learn to use imaging devices such as scanners, DSLRs, mirrorless cameras, and photo printers in a deeper way
  • Learn new approaches to using imaging software that go beyond standard practice

Credit Hours

  • 3 hours


  • ATLS 2000 Meaning of Information Technology