Media Histories 1850 - 2050
Tuesdays & Thursdays 2:00pm -3:15pm
Design | Media Arts
Final due Mar. 12, Week 10 Thursday.
Readings and Slides are in Reader section
DESMA 8: Media Histories 1850 - 2050
In a nutshell:
This class offers a synthetic overview of optical media and aesthetic movements covering the past two centuries: photography & industrialization/romanticism (1850-1900), cinema & modernism (1900-1950), television & postmodernism (1950-2000), and digital media & what I have termed unimodernism (2000-2050). We will conclude by discussing how such a history can inform our own, generative work and how understanding these optical media becomes essential in the emerging era of the digital humanities.
Students are expected to be able to…
1) demonstrate familiarity with the history of photography, film, television and digital media
2) analyze individual media works using appropriate terminology, and place them in their aesthetic, historical, cultural, and critical contexts.
3) understand how issues of diversity and inclusion impact the production, consumption, and discussion of optical media.
4) critically evaluate arguments based on evidence.
5) explore and develop critical language by observing patterns in exhibitions, screening and talks on and off campus.