George Nelson, Charles Eames, and Alexander Girard “Art X,” or “A Rough Sketch of a Sample Lesson for a Hypothetical Course” The University of Georgia, 1952 Archives Vitra Museum, Weil-am-Rhein
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Learning by images

October 2021 to March 2023

Leading institution: HEAD – Genève
Project leader: Alexandra Midal
Project team: Emma Pflieger, Vera Vilardebo Sacchetti
Financing: HES-SO
Co-financing: HEAD – Genève

Based on a chronology composed of three case studies: Art X by Nelson, Girard, the Eames (1952); The Knowledge Box by Isaacs (1962), A World Without Words by Morisson (1988), the Learning by Images project postulates that since the statement of Weaver and Shannon's modern theories of communication, designers have been questioning whether it is possible to disregard discursivity and, in exchange, to explore the validity of visually transmitting knowledge and ideas through images alone. In dialogue with scientists and philosophers, Learning by Images wants to reactivate these questions and conduct experiments in communication through images, and works made up of moving images, by pushing these questions to their limits (subliminal images, mind control, etc.).

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