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Media & Performance

Media & Performance is an online course intended to develop critical and artistic skills for the interpretation and creation of performance art that incorporates electronic media and non-traditional performance techniques. Through readings, lectures, performance projects, and the critique of related work, students are exposed to the aesthetic, historical, social, cultural, and technological issues inherent in the medium of performance. The course explores the emerging paradigms of performance art that engage live media, with an emphasis on the medium of the Internet. There will be a broad historical overview of performance dating back to the 1960s through an intensive study of seminal projects by pioneering artists involved in Happenings, electronic theater, satellite projects, cyber-performance, and other mixed-media forms. The course will include the study and application of real-time audio-visual software and webcasting systems used in the creation and broadcast of live multimedia works. Students will develop projects that engage new media for both physical and virtual spaces. The objective of the course is to investigate critical concepts and fundamental artistic concerns and apply these concepts to the creation of a new performance work. Weekly live seminars will be web-conferenced via Adobe Connect and students will conduct research and document their artistic work online in WordPress.

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