IAT 810 – New Media History, Theory & Practice

IAT 810 New Media Graduate Seminar
Critical Approaches to New Media History, Theory and Practice

Considering that all media was once new, in this graduate seminar students will explore a series of classic and contemporary texts that define pathways for thinking about our changing relations and understandings of media. Its objective is to provide students with critical frameworks that will allow them to interrogate what is new in the term “new media” and what term means for their own field of research.  In the process, students will be asked to think critically about how every media causes and reflects social, cognitive, spatial, and cultural shifts. They will also be asked to reflect on how distinct cultural, social and political contexts, technological innovation, academic disciplines and practices intersect the concept of “new media.”

Through out the course students will be required to lead weekly discussions of readings, present examples of new and old media works that relate to their own filed of research, attend workshops, visit galleries and, through a series of peer-review exercises, produce a final project.

This term we will partner with the New Media Gallery located in the Anvil Center in New West Minster. Students will meet with curators Sara Joyce and Gordon Duggan who will introduce them to the challenges of curating New Media art works and to their temporary exhibition Witness devoted to the concept of “machine vision.” In addition, students will also attend a printmaking workshop in the gallery in which they will learn how to produce a print-based zine.  Students will apply the concepts learned in class to analyze the artworks presented in the temporary exhibition entitled Witness and will draw connections with their own field of research.

The final project will consist of two parts. Students will collectively design a zine (print, web based or a combination of both) in which each of them will publish an individual final project. The individual final project is open and could take any form (as long as it can be published in the zine). If it is not a research paper, the individual final project should include a short written statement that explains the project and engages with in-class readings and the art works in the exhibition.