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Short Photography and Image-Making Course Visual Recognition and AI-related Technologies, Short Course

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Tallinn, Estonia
This short course will explore how visual recognition and AI-related technologies are changing the discourse of photography, challenging the traditional boundaries of the medium. Empowered by machine learning, visual recognition systems are entering the sphere of everyday life.
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 From student dorms equipped with facial recognition in China to privately-owned surveillance systems in the US and UK, the technology is being rapidly deployed in a global rise of biometrics. What this transformation – and the resultant streams of endless machine-made images – offers is some innovative ways to think about the practice of image-making.

The course will provide students with the historical background of facial recognition and an opportunity to test and discuss some of the new technological features, as well as ask why and in what ways do these developments matter? Specific attention will be given to some of the problematic aspects of biometric surveillance and various ways artists are using new systems to produce meanings that challenge the dominant political discourse.

This course is meant for photography and visual arts students and those interested in the current technological developments in image-making, as well as their political, social and cultural implications.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • More details:

    Limited places still available, additional submission open until the group size reaches its limits.

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 2 days
    • Duration description

      16-17 August 

  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Visual recognition technology, apps and programmes using it and current development.
  • Politics of (technological) vision and machine seeing.
  • The historical context of 19th century facial recognition discourse, as well as current research. 
  • The idea of pre-crime prevention and problematic aspects of biometric surveillance: prejudices in-built in the current systems of facial recognition and the “right to remain anonymous”. 
  • Artistic series that use – and comment on – current technology and ways of resisting visual identification.

English Language Requirements

This programme may require students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    290 EUR/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 290 EUR for the full programme and a duration of 2 days.
  • National

    290 EUR/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 290 EUR for the full programme and a duration of 2 days.
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Living costs for Tallinn

  • 598 - 950 EUR/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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