Aesthetics is the underlying “logic of senses” guiding human beings in all choices they make (eating, dressing, interacting with others, selecting what they like and what they dislike). As such, it is expressed in the ways in which we perceive the world and the way we change the world. Indeed, aesthetic considerations, implicit or explicit, are guiding all our choices. Within culture, aesthetics provides the means for understanding what it means to like or dislike (fashion, architecture, literature, films, games, art works, other persons, etc.). It also guides in the making of new aesthetic entities, in particular those pertaining to interactive arts, the field in which you will be active. You will become professionals in the largest segment of the economy—aesthetic expression (present in everything we do, making art, designing weapons, shaping the universe of our existence, promoting learning, helping in the communication of scientific discoveries or political decision making, etc.).
The outcome of this class is expressed in:
a) Knowledge of aesthetics as it shaped, and continues to shape, human activity
b) Aesthetic skills expressed in aesthetic value judgments and aesthetic innovation in the age of interactive media and computational design
c.) Aesthetic competence corresponding to the fast dynamics of digital expression
The class will engage students in reading and reporting on foundational texts. There is continuity—tradition-- and there is discontinuity—innovation-- in aesthetic perception and in the practice of aesthetic skills. Students will also explore the aesthetics of innovation and aesthetic experiment against the background of culture.
If and when necessary, guest lecturers will cover the “hot” topics of current developments (interactivity, immersion, virtuality, etc.). Aesthetics is of particular interest to our explorations in the emergence of new media. You, the students in the class, are asked to practice aesthetics. Students are encouraged, and indeed required, to post class-work on the website for this class. Given the many choices open to students in ATEC, the class will also serve as an open forum for defining the students’ focus in the program.
4:00 pm - 6:45 pm