From Medium to Media
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Division: Eugene Lang College The New School for Liberal Arts
Department: The Arts
Course Number: LARS 3040
Course Format: Seminar
Location: NYC campus
Permission Required: Yes
- Visual Arts
- Visual Culture
“New Media” emerged in the 1990s as term to describe the aesthetic and social impact of digital technologies, but there are many instances of “new media” in the history of art prior to the widespread use of computers and the Internet. This course will assemble a history and theory of “new media” beginning with photography in the mid-19th century, moving through advanced artistic negotiations of film and video/television, as well as the advent of digital formats. These image technologies will be considered through their reception (both critical and affirmative) by artists, their function as models for distribution and modes of viewing, as well as how changes in making and exhibiting images have impacted the category of art itself. Throughout we will examine how technologies are understood to mediate between maker, viewer, and world. Readings will focus on primary sources, including artists’ writings and contemporary criticism.
Open to Undergraduate students.