Screens and Screenings
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Level: Undergraduate
Division: Parsons The New School for Design
School: School of Art and Design History and Theory
Department: Art and Design History
Course Number: PLVS 3200
Course Format: Lecture
Location: NYC campus
Permission Required: No
  • Art History, Theory & Criticism
  • Media Studies
  • Cultural Studies
Urban dwellers encounter moving images on such diverse locations as billboard advertisements, flat screens in lobbies, public buses, backseats of taxicabs, public art installations, outdoor movies, and even on one’s handheld device. This class will look at theoretical notions of the screen and the society of the spectacle and consider canonical works of film theory in relationship (or in opposition) to these public cinematic experiences. In addition to readings from cultural and media studies, this class will look at Expanded Cinema of the 1960s, the emergence of video and film projection in galleries, and the work of artists such as Krzysztof Wodiczko and Doug Aitken. Course requirements include weekly readings, in-class and online discussion, occasional response papers, and a final project based on one’s own experience with screens in urban space.Pathway: Visual Studies
Course Open to: Degree Students
Course Pre/Co-requisites:
Open to: All university undergraduate degree students. Pre-requisites: first-year university writing course and at least one prior history or methods course in art, media, film, or visual culture.


Open to Undergraduate students.