Fall 2010 - Graduate Course Descriptions

Pomara, John
Discipline and Number
HUAS 7320 Section 001
F Time 9:30 AM - 12:15 PM
Course Title
Glitch: from Analog to Digital

Description of Course:

HUAS 7320: Glitch: from Analog to Digital

Glitch is a term currently used in electronic media to describe an accident, when things go wrong. What results is a visual manifestation of an error, something not planned or unexpected. One New York critic has stated that these accidents when used by artists are “acts of creative destruction allowing the artist to open up the visual surface or space in new ways.” This appreciation and exploration by artists can been seen as a fetishization of technology seen in forms of breakdowns, static or visual interference. Artists are always quick to seize new forms of working bringing new ways of seeing into the mainstream of culture. By understanding ones tools and materials whether it is electronic forms of media (Pipilotti Rist) or analog forms of creating with paint (Jackson Pollack), visual artists have used such accidents to open their work up into new visual dynamics.

This course will be part lecture/seminar and part studio creative, allowing each student to make work. Time will be allotted for lectures and visual presentations by the instructor exploring historically the development of its beginnings in Dada and Surrealism to present day in electronic media. Students will be given assigned readings from several texts for class discussions. Also, each student will explore in his or her own visual work the idea of the accident or the glitch. What can happens in the creative process and then be tweaked, repeated or controlled in some creative fashion. Time will be allotted for creating work, class critiques and evaluations of creative work. There will also be several guest artists who will address this theme and possibly one field trip during the semester.

Required Texts:

to be announced

Course Requirements/Evaluation Criteria:

The student is expected to have had some prior experience or expertise in a medium of their choice, in creating visual art, design, video, digital imaging or creative writing.(consult the instructor if unsure).

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