Fall 2016 - Undergraduate Course Descriptions

Terranova, Charissa
Discipline and Number
AHST 4342 Section 501
W Time 7:00 PM - 9:45 PM
Course Title
Hist of New Media

Description of Course:

This class focuses on the history of art, science, and technology as a unified effort known as "new media art." We will look to the role of mediation in works of art and architecture, that is to say, the ways in which science and technology function to shape and midwife the form of a work of art or architecture. Each lecture of this course focuses on new scientific and 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 science and technology within their artistic practices, 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 science, technology, and art-technology hybrids that are interactive, relational, kinetic, and digital).

Required Texts:

Edward A. Shanken. Art and Electronic Media. London: Phaidon, 2009

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.

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