Image Bank is an interdisciplinary course investigating how new personal, social and political meanings can be generated from disparate visual sources. Sifting through the sedimentary layers of our experience of visual images (from high to mundane), each student will create a personalized image bank of at least 250 examples, including snapshots, postcards, newspaper and magazine clippings, internet images and their own photographs. What once seemed series of casually accumulated images becomes something concrete and intentional. Students will each create personal "rules" for their collecting, yet be challenged to explore how meanings change as they follow or bend those rules. Through collecting, indexing, and juxtaposing images, students will hone their skills as image interpreters and create new personal visual languages for themselves. In the end, each student will have a physical or digitized image bank to be used as source material for future projects. Throughout the course, we will explore artists whose work has focused on image collecting, including Gerhard Richter, Douglas Blau, Buzz Spector, John Cage, Martha Rossler, August Sander, Nina Katchadourian, John Baldessari, Hanne Darboven and others.