NEW MEDIA HISTORIES, THEORIES, CULTURES
The purpose of this course is to introduce students to the histories, theories and cultures of new media.
Topics discussed will include: old and new media; failed inventions; illusions and immersive experiences; interactivity and multi sensoriality; media and the imaginary; cybernetics and AI; digital materiality and preservation; hardware and media obsolescence.
We will be using media archaeology as a privileged interpretative framework. Particular emphasis will begiven to the dialogue among art history, designhistory, and media history considered not as separate disciplines but as an integrated field of networks, technologies, and artifacts. We will follow non linear chronologies that will take us back and forth from contemporary artefacts and environments to old media such as Baroque illusionist devices, 18th and 19th century optical spectacles from magic lanterns todioramas and panoramas, stereoscopic photographyand 3D cinema.
Being familiar with the histories, theories and cultures of digital media technologies and new media environments is a fundamental prerequisite for developing the critical skills needed to fully understand works in this area and develop ideas for personal research.