The Art of Information

Eugene Lang College Lib Arts: The Arts

Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Degree Students

The Art of Information

Spring 2020

Taught By: Faculty TBA

Section: AX

CRN: 5590

Credits: 4

This course investigates how various arts fields engage the subject of information, from visual art and sound to dance and performance. We will spend our first weeks surveying definitions and histories of information, from pre-electronic forms of communication to the earliest models of the computer age. For the rest of the semester, we move from the 1960s to the present, studying the “administrative” aesthetics of conceptual artists; the rise of data visualization and design, exemplified by Edward Tufte; experiments with technology and choreography, from dancers like Merce Cunningham; experimental writing by Kenneth Goldsmith, which co-opts data protocols; and current debates around information privacy, as explored in film and sound by Laura Poitras and Lawrence Abu Hamdan. This class involves both scholarly and practice-based assignments, enabling students to work in art, design, writing, sound, and performance as they creatively and intellectually respond to the challenges of our informational age.

College: Eugene Lang College Lib Arts (LC)

Department: The Arts (LARS)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Max Enrollment: 18

Enrollment Status: Open*

*Enrollment status information is updated every five 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: 1:35am 8/19/2019

Meeting Info:

Days: Friday

Times: 4:00pm - 6:40pm

Building: TBD

Room: TBD

Date Range: 1/24/2020 - 5/8/2020