Film and Media Seminar “Digital Aesthetics”
240 - 001 | CCN: 25328 | 26530
*This course will be taught via Remote-Synchronous instruction
Lecture: Th 2pm-5pm; Lab: Th 5pm-8pm
This course will examine the influence of digital technology on contemporary film and visual media. Drawing on art history, cinema studies, architecture, and media studies we will historicize the radical shift brought about by digital technology while engaging in debates over our post-digital, post-internet, post-cinematic media culture. Rather than critique the “newness” of new media, we will take seriously the claim that digital technology marks a radical break with earlier media forms, and that this transformation has had a profound influence on the way we view and understand the world around us. The course readings will be divided between popular contemporary film aesthetics, critical scholarship on digital and networked art practices, and emerging debates in digital games and interactive media, with a focus on work from the past twenty years. We will hold semi-regular screenings and lab sessions to engage relevant material, and students should be prepared to play and make original works using a range of accessible tools and engines.