A Tale of Two 4372s in Fall 2013

August 14, 2013

Back in the Spring we posted information about the two sections of EMAC 4372 that are being offered in Fall 2013. There have been some schedule changes and those courses are now being taught by different faculty.



EMAC 4372.001 is now being taught by Barbara Vance and will address the topic “The YouTube: The History, The Culture, The Creators.”



“electronic led light dress at the museum of science and industry in chicago” by Flickr user David Hilowitz

“electronic led light dress at the museum of science and industry in chicago” by Flickr user David Hilowitz

EMAC 4372.002 is now being taught by Kim Knight and is the first formal course offering around her research and public Humanities project, Fashioning Circuits.







There is still room in both classes. The course descriptions are:

EMAC 4372.001 “The YouTube:  The History, The Culture, The Creators” with Barbara Vance:

What started as a few video diaries has become the largest search engine in the world.  YouTube is now home to university lectures, television shows, movies, online-created shows, music videos…the list goes on.  This course is a combination of history, theory and workshop.  We will study the rise of YouTube, how it has morphed over the years, and how youtube is changing culture, art, science, and education—to name a few.  Students will study the current youtube culture and how to build a youtube channel.  All students will be required to create a public youtube channel, which they will build upon over the course of the semester.  This is not a course on how to use film or edit—it is a practicum on how to build and sustain a solid youtube channel and an understanding of the platform.

EMAC 4372.002 “Fashioning Circuits” with Kim Knight:

Fashion and emerging media have more in common than one might think. Both are constantly in flux and looking forward. Both are sites to negotiate and express identity. Both value originality, but also thrive on collaboration and appropriation. The two are explicitly combined in the realm of wearable media, which will be the main focus of this course. We will begin with a brief look at the history of fashion and its historical intersections with media and technology. We will then explore more contemporary areas of intersection centered on issues of identity and globalization. The final portion of the semester will be devoted to “learning by doing” in the production of socially-engaged and critically-informed wearable media projects. No sewing, electronics, or coding experience is necessary.

In this course, students will:

Become familiar with the basic social and ethical issues that connect fashion and emerging media.

Write critical analysis of fashion and media theories and practices.

Become familiar with the basic concepts of electronic circuitry, wearable arduino hardware, and the arduino programming language.

Produce two wearable media objects. No prior sewing, electronics, or coding experience required.