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Visual Cognition Studio

Visual Cognition Studio

Diploma awarding Studio


ac. prof. Jakub Jernajczyk 

ass. tutor Katarzyna Gwoździk, MFA


The programme of the Studio focuses on cognitive issues related to visual perception and imagination. The main aim of the course is to make students aware of the important role of images in human cognition, and consequently of the role of art using images as a natural domain for shaping our visual competences.
Classes at the studio help students improve their ability to select optimal multimedia means in order to formulate visual messages with complex, often abstract content.


The studio is interdisciplinary, embedding artistic activity in a broad spectrum of academic reflection. The theoretical basis for the activities undertaken are both abstract fields of science (such as mathematics and philosophy) and experimental sciences (cognitive psychology and cognitive science). Theoretical analyses and experimental research are the starting point for artistic creations, where formal means and technical solutions are always selected with a view to best express and convey the idea of a particular creation. The research problems tackled in the studio include such issues as: visual thinking, similarity and analogy, the role of imagination in scientific discovery, cognitive visual metaphors, illusions and perceptual paradoxes.


    Visual Cognition | year II and III of first level programmes| year I and II of second level programmes| the field of Media Art

    Scientific Issues in Art | year I of second level programmes | the field of Media Art

    Visual Cognition in Art and Science | Doctoral School

    Psychophysiology of Vision | the field of Photography and Multimedia


The studio can be selected by second-year students of Media Art. Students interested in pursuing a BA or MA degree should have a flair for (speculative or experimental) research concerning issues related to visual cognition in its broadest sense.


Rudolf Arnheim, Myślenie Wzrokowe Christof Koch, Neurobiologia na tropie świadomości George Lakoff, Mark Johnson, Metafory w naszym życiu Ernst Mach, Analiza wrażeń Mikołaj z Kuzy, Laik o umyśle David R. Olson, Papierowy świat. Pojęciowe i poznawcze implikacje pisania i czytania Walter Jackson Ong, Oralność i piśmienność. Słowo poddane technologii Willard Van Orman Quine, Od bodźca do nauki Bertrand Russell, Nasza wiedza o świecie zewnętrznym Obraz poruszony, ed. W. Gołuch, J. Jernajczyk
Obraz poszerzony, ed. W. Gołuch, J. Jernajczyk
Oliver Sacks, Oko umysłu