Course Description

460.612 - Multimedia History, Theory, and Practice

This course is an overview of the artists, scientists, philosophers, mathematicians, and engineers who have pioneered the scientific and artistic concepts central to our understanding of multimedia. It emphasizes a critical understanding of the crossdisciplinary nature of art, science and technology, crucial to the effective incorporation of new media aesthetics, production strategies, trends, and socio-cultural experiences into the museum environment. Seminal 20th-century interdisciplinary artistic movements and genres will be explored, i.e. kinetic sculpture, installation art, electronic theater, etc., to consider their interplay with the evolution of personal computing including: cybernetics, augmented intelligence, hypertext, graphical user interface, etc. Students will critique museum installations, online projects and educational exhibits, applying concepts learned in the course, to better understand how digital multimedia has come to define our contemporary museum experience.