Advanced Topics in Digital and Electronic Media Studies: Inventing the Future: Art and Electronic Media

Course Details
FILM 189
Edward Shanken
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Throughout history, artist have envisioned alternative futures and constructed working models of them that offer us a glimpse into what is to come.  Inventing the Future will consider the history, theory and practice of digital and electronic media art as a “psychic dress rehearsal for the future.” By doing so, we may gain insight into possible trajectories of emerging technologies and cultural practices. We will examine various technologies, including xerography, rapid prototyping, digital computing, telecommunications, the Web, biofeedback, GPS, virtual and augmented reality. We will equally consider how technologies cannot be separated from the way people use them, the human behaviors that co-emerge with them, and the dreams (and fears) embedded in them. Our exploration will include writings by curators, theorists, artists and engineers and many amazing artworks.. In order to foreground conceptual continuities across media, periods, genres and forms, we will take a thematic approach to various topical streams:     

  • Generative Art, Computer Graphics, and Animation
  • Interactive Environments and Games
  • Networks, Surveillance, Culture Jamming
  • Bodies, Robots, Surrogates, Cyborgs
  • Simulations and Simulacra: Virtual and Augmented Spaces
  • Systems Aesthetics and Real Time Systems
  • Social Media and Post-Internet