DMA 163: Narrative - Spring 2020
Tristan Jovani Espinoza
The question of how ‘we’ arrived here to observe and speculate on what is out there in the universe is both a historical and philosophical one. The answer to this question determines how we relate to one another as humans, to the other species on earth, life and death, and our view of the world beyond the planet. Philosophy, religion, science, arts and their overlapping boundaries are only some of the fields in which the knowledge to answer these questions is produced. These narratives shape our conception of the past, present and future, our ethics and principles, hopes and despair, personally and as a community. As such, narrative is both individual and collective; it’s local and universal; it’s perpetual but always in flux, and inevitably political. The works of film and video, histories, games, texts and discussions throughout this course provide opportunities to understand the creation of different narratives. The course materials are regarded as case studies to deconstruct narrative in various forms: cinema and time-based media, fiction, advertisement, the institutional narrative, the personal and the historical narrative, the narratives of Capitalism, colonization and imperialism in both their formation and undoing.