1. Randall Packer

    Course Description

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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.
  2. Randall Packer

    The Third Space

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    Week 3: January 28 - February 3 (Adobe Connect)

    Our first session in Adobe Connect will offer an opportunity to experience the concept of the third space, conducted in the medium itself: a shared electronic space with remote participants connected via the network. We will explore the psychological and conceptual dimensions of the third space, notions of distributed presence, the dissolution of the object, disembodiment, the immaterial, and the intimacy of the telematic embrace. We will discuss how performance draws from the collective experience of the Network, live media, remote location, mobility, transformations of geographical perception in time and space, and how the third space lends itself to artistic realization. A review of historical third space projects: networked art, satellite broadcasts, net.art, leading to more contemporary works of cyber / networked performance art.
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