This course explores the impact of the computer age and the information revolution on society generally and on visual/digital arts practitioners inparticular. It is divided into two interconnected parts. The first focuses onsome of the key debates concerning changing views of the body, space and time. The second part deals with the varied creative uses of new media,including digital imaging, websites, interactive CD-ROMS, animation and virtual reality, framing them within broader historical and social contexts.The unit also takes into account some of the ethical issues raised by the advent of cyberspace.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:Upon successful completion of this course, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- Demonstrate advanced knowledge of the impact of new technologies on contemporary art and life
- Evaluateand relate developments in new technologies to contemporary visual culture
- Analyse and interpret works of art in new media
- Present complex written and oral arguments about new media art.
Indicative AssessmentTutorial Presentation [1500 words] (30%) [Learning Outcomes 1-4]
Research essay [4500 words] (60%) [Learning Outcomes 1-4]
Participation (10%) [Learning Outcomes 1-4]
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Workload130 hours of total student learning time made up from: a) 36 hours of contact over 12 weeks: 24 hours of lectures and 12 hours of tutorials; and b) 94 hours of independent student research, reading and writing.
Requisite and Incompatibility
- David Bell and Barbara M. Kennedy, The Cybercultures Reader. New York : Routledge, 2000
- Charlie Gere, Digital Culture.London: Reaktion Press, 2008
- Christiane Paul, Digital Art. London: Thames and Hudson, 2003
- Geert Lovink Networks Without a Cause: A Critique of Social Media, Polity Press, Cambridge 2011
- Geert Lovink Zero Comments: Blogging and Critical Internet Culture, Routledge, New York 2008
- Rebecca MacKinnon Consent of the Networked: The Worldwide Struggle for Internet Freedom, Basic Books, New York, 2012
- Mathieu O’Neill Cyberchiefs: Autonomy and and Authority in Online Tribes, Pluto Press, London and New York, 2009
- Margaret Wertheim The Pearly Gates of Cyberspace: A History of Space from Dante to the Internet, Doubleday, Sydney and Auckland, 1999
- Christiane Paul (ed), New media in the white cube and beyond : curatorial models for digital art, Berkeley : University of California Press, 2008.
Assumed KnowledgeNo specialist skills required.
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