Mass Affect: Media Culture and Theory (FV2153.01)

Jen Liu, Mariam Ghani, & Senem Pirler

In this remote course, we will trace the development of audiovisual media (film, video, and sound art) and hybrid media practices through an interdisciplinary lens. Through screenings, listening sessions, theoretical readings, and discussion, we will investigate core ideas at the center of modern and contemporary time-based work, from experimental practices to the mass media they have developed in conversation with.  Topics will include but are not limited to: the origins of cinema, the origins of sound art, the politics of representation and documentary, the implications of the democratization of digital forms, and installation practices alongside other expansive forms of artistic production.  In smaller discussion groups within the greater course, students will reflect on the relationship between representation and technology, unpacking politicized narratives and their audiovisual mediums, the ways in which our identities have been molded by the media of our time, and the ways artists have crafted alternative and critical models to these master narratives using the tools of modern media.  

Learning Outcomes:

Delivery Method: Entirely remote (asynchronous)
Course Level: 2000-level
Credits: 2
T 8:30AM-12:10PM (1st seven weeks)
Maximum Enrollment: 50
Course Frequency: One time only

Categories: All courses , Film and Video , Sound Design and Recording
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