Mediert Evidentia



Utfyllande semesteromtale

The potential of the mediums of Photography and Film to create ¿evidence¿ has been deployed from the first years of photography¿s introduction. Often this "evidence" was and is still produced to maintain traditional power dynamics. The widespread availability of mobile phones and other user-friendly devices in the 21st century and the resulting mass production and circulation of still and moving images have opened up new possibilities and challenges in the construction of "truth". Although the manipulation of images and their dissemination were also long practiced and the questions about the truth-bearing capacity of the media were constant companion in the discourses, AI has brought once more to the fore the status of the referent and the relation of Photography to the notion of reality. Can documentary-based media studies/practices still be relevant in times of deep fakes when there is not even any original anymore for purposes of comparison? Can images still be used in protest?

In the theory parts of the course, we will look at selected examples of how artists in the past and presence have produced visual "evidence" or/and used third-party visual "evidence" in their practice.

Module responisble and teacher: Ina Steiner

During the practice part, we will embark on a field trip to the Bergen harbor. The harbor district will serve as a case study to examine various questions regarding how to approach a subject where, for example, access to ¿evidence¿ is restricted (photography and filming is not allowed) while plans for future developments of the harbor area are in negotiations? Sabine Popp, visual artist, and former PhD candidate at KMD, will join the field trip and take us to her studio, located inside the area, to introduce us to some of her methodologies with performative approaches and camera-based work.

We will also investigate how ¿evidence¿ is produced in other fields, such as science. Pedro A. Ribeiro, a biologist from the Centre for Deep Sea Research (UIB) will give a presentation.

Additionally, we will explore other Bergen-based maritime agencies such as the Institute of Marine Research and the Directorate of Fisheries.

Through the course of the four weeks, students will develop their own case study.

Mål og innhald

This is a project based module with a focus on how to mediate facts from reality.

In an experimental process specific events are investigated and analysed. Various formats of mediation are presented and discussed through examples of other artists works. Presentations and discussions form the discursive part, on the basis of which each student create artworks, mediating the chosen events.

The module includes various individual and/or group presentations of results.


Extended focus and insight into artistic reflection on historic and contemporary events . Through the development of an individual and/or a group project the student will aquire experimental and practical knowledge of art as a discursive media.


Learning Outcome


  • An in depth insight into and understanding of the relation between reality and mediation.
  • Advanced experience with various formats of mediation of facts.


  • In depth experimental practical knowledge from the development of artistic projects dealing with evidential matter.

General Competence:

  • To use art as a lense to perceive reality.


Full time.

Studienivå (studiesyklus)





Campus Møllendal at UiB.
Krav til forkunnskapar
Tilrådde forkunnskapar
Krav til studierett
This module requires admission to the Bachelor's Programme in Fine Art.
Arbeids- og undervisningsformer

Projekt arbeide,


individuel research,






gruppe diskussioner,



Obligatorisk undervisningsaktivitet

A: Introduksjon

B: Midtveis-gruppediskussion

C: Avsluttende muntlig presentasjon for gruppen

Individuell- eller gruppeinnlevering av kunstnerisk verk.

Passed / Not passed.

Bestått / ikkje bestått.

The module is evaluated every third year in accordance with UiB's Quality System.
Programstyret har ansvar for fagleg innhald og oppbygging av studiet og for kvaliteten på studieprogrammet med emner.
Administrativt ansvarleg
Faculty of Fine Art, Music and Design holds the administrative responsibility for the module and studyprogram.