Fall 2014 - Undergraduate Course Descriptions
Description of Course:
This class focuses on the history of art and technology.
We will look to the role of mediation in works of art and
architecture, that is to say, the ways in which technology
functions to shape and midwife the form of a work of art or
architecture. Each lecture of this course focuses on new
technological inventions, their influences on the realm of
art, and effects on and transformation of our senses and
the practice of aesthetics. In addition to learning about
artists working with technology and their works of art, we
will learn about and discuss together the fluid relationship
between the classical artistic medium (painting, sculpture,
architecture, poetry), the mass media (advertising and
consumerism), and mediation (the general filtration of
information by technology and art-technology hybrids that
are interactive, relational, kinetic, and digital).
Goals of Course:
• Learn and engage the history of technology within art, 1832-present.
• Learn the philosophical meaning and artistic incarnation of medium, media, and mediation.
• Learn how to think critically about the history of new media art, and its cultural and political
• Learn how to identify the salient and successfully formal components of a work of art, whether a
painting or a performance.
• Habituate close and analytical reading of texts.
• Hone critical writing skills through two short written assignments.
Course Requirements/Evaluation Criteria:
• Students are required to attend every scheduled class meeting, complete the assigned reading
prior to class, and participate with verve and gusto in class discussions.
• Students are required to complete all written assignments and the two exams.