Imaging Crises & Resilience

Course NameImaging Crises & Resilience

OCW type: Course

Higher Education InstitutionKamla Raheja Vidyanidhi Institute for Architecture and Environmental Studies (KRVIA), Mumbai

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Description of course

Aim:  The elective approaches issues of resilience through the examination of cultural artefacts, especially those emerging from moving image practices.

Course Objectives:

Through diagnostic processes of contextualisation, systemic and formal analysis and narrativisation the cultural artefacts allow insights into our current presumptions and preoccupations, and help to examine the possibilities of understanding and projecting more resilient futures.

The cultural artefacts chosen dwell upon particular objects (films, poetry, essays) that grapple with some of the environmental, social and economic anxieties of our contemporary world. They mirror some of the geographies reflected in the other electives that run in tandem.

Learning Outcomes:

The intention of the course is to enable students with the ability to critically examine acts of representation. It will enable students to contextualize the work, study its structure and formal characteristics and examine its rhetoric for political and social significance. It would examine the role of the producer, the presumptions of who the audience is meant to be, and the tools deployed, along with a critical analysis of the potentials and pitfalls of the approach deployed.

Course Structure

Course Duration: 10 weeks, 2 hrs (once) a week.

Course FrequencyEvery Year

Course Format: Short-term Elective

Course Content

Prerequisites for participation

A minimum of 10 students from the Postgraduate Program of Urban Design or Urban Conservation.

Course Syllabus:

Week 1. Introductory Lecture. Making Meaning. Modes and Messages

Week 2. Propaganda and Image Making. Films Division India

Week 3. The Third Cinema. The Hour of the Furnaces, 1968, Octavio Getino and Fernando Solanas

Week 4. Nature as the Sublime. Watermark 2013, Jennifer Baichwal, Edward Burtynsky

Week 5. Temporalities. Le Quattro Volte, 2010, Michelangelo Frammartino

Week 6. The Agit Prop Film. The Narmada Diary, 1995, Anand Patwardhan

Week 7. The Post-Human. Leviathan, 2012, Lucien Castaing-Taylor and Véréna Paravel

Week 8. Multi-Media Experiences. The Sovereign Forest, 2011, Amar Kanwar

Week 9. Submission of Assignment

Week 10. Final Discussion

Course Assignments:

The student will each be assigned one cultural artefact to be analysed based on contextual and formal strategies. They would try and excavate the intention of the producer, the presumptions made of the intended audience and the formal strategies used.

Expected time spent on course:

Time spent in hours: 20 hours + 5 hours of selfstudy

Time spent in ECTS (European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System): 1 ECTS

Course Grading

Assessment Criteria and Distribution of Marks:

Stages and Details:

Percentage of Total Mark

Framework for Analysis


Formal Analysis


Social and Political Analysis




Course Evaluation

Evaluation Procedure & Criteria:

Deans and Academic advisors evaluate and comment upon the course structure before the course in conducted.

After the course, participant evaluation feedback analysis obtained through ERP is made available to individual faculty.

Faculty Evaluation:

Informal interactions in the studio by way of review of daily progress along with formal evaluation by way of juries as per the above provided course grading.

Student Evaluation:

Standard format by way of a questionnaire is available for the students to suggest their learnings as well as areas in which the course can improve.

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