Fall 2012 - Undergraduate Course Descriptions

Terranova, Charissa
Discipline and Number
AHST 4342 Section 001
MW Time 1:00 PM - 2:15 PM
Course Title
History of New Media

Description of Course:

AHST 4342.001 History of New Media Art

This course is an upper-level undergraduate survey of the history of new media art. New media art emerged recently, some say in 2000 others say 1990. The goal of this lecture survey is to trace the sources in history of this contested emergence. A combination of social and art history and new media theory, the course will look to transformations caused in the art world by various modes of technology including but not limited to the photographic camera, early cinema technology, the telephone, the television, hand-held video camera, the rise of the computer and personal computer, digital image and wireless technology. We will look at the art, architecture and urbanism affected by these technological forces. Art, artists, and institutions of interest include: Marcel Duchamp, Joseph Schillinger, Leon Theremin, the Chicago Bauhaus, light and kinetic art, op art, Nam June Paik, the rise of the digital image in art, the Bell Labs, Experiments in Art and Technology [E.A.T.], Center for Advanced Visual Studies [CAVS] PULSA, Archigram, Ant Farm, Atelier Van Lieshout, MVRDV, and Stelarc.

Required Texts:

Art and Electronic Media (Phaidon 2009) by Edward Shanken

Course Requirements/Evaluation Criteria:

There will be two short written assignments and a long research paper with a presentation at the end of the course.

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