ART 176 - Art, Technology, and Visual Culture
This is an art practice course that looks at how culture is expressed visually through art, design, and technology. Questions on the purpose and nature of art and the way it is subjected to social forces are explored in both discussion and practice, as students learn how to creatively manipulate images in both 2D and 3D forms using different materials and technologies. In addition to a final project, students will provide written documentation of their work through an artist statement. Within the Special Topics in Art: Art, Technology and Visual Culture course there will be three main topics: Material Culture and the Transformation of Everyday Objects, New Media Art: Technology, Time and the Attention Economy and Memory, Monuments and Anti-Monumentalism.
Students will be exposed to and analyze ideas, cultural histories, and artists who work within these three categories (Material Culture and the Transformation of Everyday Objects, New Media Art: Technology, Time and the Attention Economy and Memory, Monuments and Anti-Monumentalism) through interactive lecture, in-class exercises and art-making. Each section will be accompanied by and integrated with collaborative and independent opportunities for in-class, hands-on workshops using 2-D, 3-D, and Time-Based art forms and analytic discussion. Concept will be considered throughout the art-making process. The creative process will be explicitly discussed and practiced throughout the course. Students will conduct their own research on artists and ideas with instructor guidance and support. The course will culminate in a final creative project. There will be ongoing critiques as well as a final group critique and students will be asked to create an artist’s statement about their final artwork.
Core Curriculum Designation(s)
Course credits: 1.0
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