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25590 : New Media Since the 19th Century

Description: How have artists working outside the traditional categories of painting and sculpture introduced new ways of looking at the world? This introductory course will survey the practice, theory, and reception of so-called "new media" art from the late 19th century to the present day. We will examine artists' use of emerging technologies including photography, the portable video camera, the electronic computer, holography, virtual and augmented reality, and Web-based art. We will also discuss time-based art forms such as performance and dance, which made the human body their primary medium. Moving roughly chronologically, we will attend to a set of central themes: temporality and perception, the blurring of artistic and scientific practices, and intersecting questions of gender, race, and class in relation to technology. Through a combination of close looking (the careful study of the visual and material qualities of a work of art) with close reading of primary literature (artists' writings, contemporary art criticism and theory) and secondary literature (scholars' takes on these topics), students will develop the vocabulary and conceptual tools necessary to describe works of art and contextualize them historically.

Instructor(s): Zsofia Valyi-Nagy

Offered: Autumn 2020

Category: Elective

Cluster(s): Digital Moving Image