Black Box - White Light. Prototyping the Photo-Apparatus
Instructor: Jesús Velázquez
Credits: 6 ECTS, 4 SWS
Capacity: max. 6 students
Language: English
Date: Freitag/Friday, 11:00-18:30
Location: Online
First Meeting: TBA (Link to online meeting will be sent to accepted participants by email.)

BISON Course ID: 321110003
BISON IFD[[IFD:Start|Interface-Design]] Catalog: https://bit.ly/3r4MFXE


This course will engage DIY strategies and contemporary prototyping technologies for the exploration, experimentation and conception of analog photographic systems. Students in this intensive, hands-on course will develop an understanding of the design and function of the photographic apparatus by studying, testing and building their own cameras. From camera obscuras to large format systems, this course offers foundation knowledge to candidates interested in how modern tools and processes such as 3D-printing, can assist repairing, repurposing, amending, adapting or developing entirely new analog camera systems.

Observant of the current pandemic regulations, the course will have complete independence from university photo-workshops and labs. Sessions will be held both online and in-presence, if/when the circumstances allow, with everyone’s health and safety as the priority.

  • Course participants are encouraged to enroll in the course “Silver & Moonshine - Grundprinzipien der Fotografie“ taught by Stephan Jacobs as candidates will have an opportunity to combine the use of their developed prototype cameras with theory and practical application of several historic photographic processes.

Course video description: https://vimeo.com/531763451

Course dynamics

Lectures, weekly assignments (irregular), presentations, feedback, consultations, excursions and possible guest lectures.

Sessions dates

21.05, 28.05, 04.06, 11.06, 18.06, 25.06, 02.07, 09.07.

Admission requirements

Students enrolled in another IFD[[IFD:Start|Interface-Design]] course offering will be given priority. However the course is open for applicants from Media Art & Design, Media Architecture and Freie Kunst, with instructor permission.

Registration Procedure

In addition to the enrollment via the BISON portal, candidates are required to send a PDF portfolio including one page motivation letter, stating your interest for the course, current competences and background at: jesus.velazquez.rodriguez[ät]uni-weimar[dot]de


Successful completion of the course is dependent on regular attendance, active participation, completion of assignments, delivery of a relevant semester prototype and documentation. Please refer to the Evaluation Rubric for more details.

Eligible participants

BA & MFAMaster of Fine Arts – graduate students will receive this degree Medienkunst/-gestaltung, MFAMaster of Fine Arts – graduate students will receive this degree Media Art and Design, MSc MediaArchitecture, MFAMaster of Fine Arts – graduate students will receive this degree Public Art, Diplom Freie Kunst

Platforms and Tools

Primary Synchronous Conferencing:

Contingency Synchronous Conferencing:
Cisco Webex

Student references, links and further readings

Syllabus (coming soon)