DMA 163: Narrative - Winter 2020
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, which constantly affects our everyday decisions—how we relate to one another as humans, and the other species on earth. 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 different narrative forms: in cinema and time-based media, the institutional narrative, the personal and the historical narrative, the narrative of commercial sales, and the grand narratives of colonization and imperialism in both their formation and undoing.