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Operational Images and VisualCulture: Media-Archaeological Investigations

Research at Academy of Performing Arts in Prague

The Film and TV School of AMU (FAMU) received a prestigious 5-year research grant from the Czech Science Foundation, “Operational Images and VisualCulture: Media-Archaeological Investigations”, 2019-2023. The project will be implemented at the Department of Photography of FAMU.

The project examines contemporary visual cultures through the concept of operative image. Contrary to the original meaning of the term, defined in the framework of artistic research on military methods of imaging, it extends the category of operative image to new types and applications of automated visual systems permeating everyday life and focuses on their cultural and social implications.

The objective of the project is to formulate original and exploratory knowledge, methodological and theoretical approaches to contemporary visual media, and, at the same time, relate current topics to the longer history of visual culture in the perspective of media archaeology. Expected results include one author’s monograph, two collective specialised books, one edited book including contributions by researchers and invited foreign experts, 20 articles in prestigious foreign journals, five international conferences, and an ERC grant proposal.

Team leader & members

FAMU’s Department of Photography: supervised by Prof. Jussi Parikka, Tomáš Dvořák, Michal Šimůnek, Tereza Stejskalová, Josef Ledvina, Abelardo Gil-Fournier, Silvie Demartini.

Jussi Parikka is a visiting researcher at FAMU and a Professor at the Winchester School of Art (University of Southampton) where he is also the founding co-director of the Archaeologies of Media and Technology research group.

Selected publications


Film and TV School of Academy of Performing Arts in Prague
Department of Photography
Smetanovo nabrezi 2
116 65 Prague
Czech Republic

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