Spring 2013 - Graduate Course Descriptions
Description of Course:
Translations of Time and Space
ATEC 6390.501 (Special Topics in Arts and Technology)/
HUSL 6392.501 (Topics in Literary Studies)
The seminar will be teamed-taught by Professors Frank Dufour and Rainer Schulte. The conceptual frame of the seminar will be based on the paradigm of translation. Together with the students, the instructors plan to build the vocabulary necessary to perform complex descriptions and analyses of representations of Space and Time in films, poems, music, novels, plays, and interactive narratives. George Steiner's statement that all acts of interpretation and communication are acts of translation can serve as an entrance into the study of time and space.
By its very nature, translation establishes dynamic interactions from texts to texts and cultures to cultures. Thus, students will be able to identify and describe specific aspects of representations of space and time as they relate to cultural and artistic contexts. Furthermore, the instructors will make students aware of the existence of digital tools and techniques specially designed for the analysis of textual and multimedia contents. In addition, students will gain experience in the use of such tools to build models for the recording of the representation of time and space in literature, film, music, and theater. The seminar should be of particular interest to students in arts and technology, aesthetic studies, arts and performance, and world literature.
The ultimate goal of the seminar will be the work toward recommendations for digital software that would facilitate the dynamic representations of time and space in multimedia environments.
Course Requirements/Evaluation Criteria:
Students will be asked to perform intersemiotic translation activities including text to sequence of images, text to sound and music, written text to multimedia performance, written text to theater spaces.