The Craft of Writing 2 – Film Focus: New Media Art
R1B-006 | CCN: 32832
Tu/Th 12:30pm – 2:00pm, Location: Wheeler 126
Screening Tu 5pm – 8pm, Location: Barrows 80
In this class, our main goal will be to develop your writing, reading, and research techniques, in conjunction to your analytical skills. We will do so as we explore the history of new media art, a vast category in contemporary aesthetic production, from the early 2000s to the present day. As we learn about artists and pieces that stand out for their experimental qualities, and for significantly shaping the landscape of contemporary audiovisual art, we will interrogate the relation and tension between aesthetics, theory, and politics. Our readings will thus include major contributions in film and media theory since the digital turn, as well as in related fields and intellectual currents — science and technology studies, philosophy of automation, and new materialism.
By the end of this class, you will be able to integrate original research in your papers, and to engage critically with theoretical and aesthetic work in relation to our topic. These are skills that you will rely on across the humanities, as well as just while living in a world shaped by new media.