History of Art, Media and Technology

Parsons Paris: Paris Visual Studies

Liberal Arts
Undergraduate Course
Degree Students
History of Art, Media & Tech
Fall 2023
Taught By: Benjamin Thorel
Section: PC1

CRN: 15610

Credits: 3

This course will present the aesthetics, practice and history of what has been coined New Media Art. Historical investigation will bring us back to Daguerreotype photography and 1920s avant-garde cinema, cybernetic sculpture and artists/engineers collaborations in the 1960s and 1970s, the democratisation of computers in the 1970s and 1980s, and the development of internet-based practices in the 1990s.The aim of this course is to provide students with a contextualised approach to new media art, placing it within the history, culture and politics of modern technology. We’ll also explore how photography, typography, illustration and graphic design have been reconfigured by new media over the course of the past century. Key concepts in contemporary art practices and media technology will be introduced, such as relational art, haktivism, networks, interfaces, immersive apparatus, surveillance society, etc. We will also examine important aspects of New Media Art as a cultural field, paying attention to the issues raised by its institutionalisation and its conservation. Open to: University undergraduate degree students, freshman and sophomores only. Pre-requisite(s): first-year university writing course and at least one prior history or methods course in art, media, film, or visual culture.

College: Parsons Paris (CP)

Department: Paris Visual Studies (APVS)

Campus: Paris (PC)

Course Format: Lecture (L)

Modality: In-Person

Max Enrollment: 19

Add/Drop Deadline: September 11, 2023 (Monday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: November 19, 2023 (Sunday)

Seats Available: No

Status: Closed*

* Status information is updated every few minutes. The status of this course may have changed since the last update. Open seats may have restrictions that will prevent some students from registering. Updated: 3:48am EDT 6/3/2023

Meeting Info:
Days: Monday
Times: 3:25pm - 6:05pm
Building: Parsons Paris
Room: 501
Date Range: 8/28/2023 - 12/11/2023