Re/Lab: Re-emergent Media

Schools of Public Engagement: Media Studies

Non-Liberal Arts
Undergraduate Course
Graduate Course
Degree Students
Re/Lab: Re-emergent Media
Spring 2023
Taught By: Melissa Friedling
Section: A

CRN: 13178

Credits: 3

As our cameras, computers, and phones become outdated with increasing speed, discarded as e-waste and replaced, the study of media forms and practices often dismissed as obsolete, archaic, or dead provides not only a valuable context for analysis, it may also offer new sustainable creative possibilities. In this hybrid theory/practice course, rather than focusing on the newness of media technologies (which may not, in fact, be so new) students will be challenged to critically and creatively explore residual media forms, “recovering the analog ancestors of the digital and reading the digital back into the analog” (Lori Emerson). Guided, in part, by scholarly methodologies outlined by the field of media archeology, we track the work of media theorists and artists who have renewed efforts to explore the materiality of media, to regenerate analog media’s relation to digitality, and to specify the interconnectedness of humans with environmental systems. While moving image (filmmaking) technologies and creative practices focus our research, creative projects may be driven by student skills and interests. This course emerged out of a New School faculty-led initiative, Re/Lab, premised on the idea that students of media think and engage more meaningfully when they deeply understand the material history of their subject, encouraging media innovation that is critically and historically informed for a sustainable creative future.

Pre-Requisite: Media Design (NMDS 5008) or instructor permission. Media Studies courses are open to all graduate students. Undergraduate Juniors and Seniors with permission from the instructor and BA/MA Media studies students should email mediastudiesadvising@newschool.edu for access.

College: Schools of Public Engagement (NS)

Department: Media Studies (NMDS)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Studio (S)

Modality: In-Person

Max Enrollment: 15

Add/Drop Deadline: February 5, 2023 (Sunday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: April 16, 2023 (Sunday)

Seats Available: Yes

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: 12:28pm EDT 6/4/2023

Meeting Info:
Days: Wednesday
Times: 4:00pm - 6:40pm
Building: 6 East 16th Street
Room: 611
Date Range: 1/25/2023 - 5/10/2023