Studio Theory Media Arts D (THAP2622)


This Unit of Study is split into two areas: Photomedia; Film and Digital Art.

The focus in this studio will be to approach photography via the work of selected contemporary and historical practitioners, in order to understand photography's key place in contemporary art practice. We will consider photography's role in relationship to themes such as: new documentary practices, identity politics, and performance.

Film and Digital Art
This module is designed in two parts: the study of documentary and non fiction forms, and television as an everyday phenomena, including its expansions into the internet and mobile media forms. The first part traces the complex history of documentary as it evolved from the late nineteenth and twentieth century, including its critical reception and theoretical, cultural and technical considerations. The second part examines the 'box' as a regulatory and programmable force through psychological, philosophical and cultural theorizations, including television's hyped liveness, its manipulation of desire and subjectivity, and postmodern schizophrenia as a manifestation of its induced crisis in temporality.

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Lecturer and directed contact over 12 weeks, plus self-directed study; total student effort of 60 hrs


Assessment is based on successful completion of written and or/seminar assignments (100%)


Bright, Deborah (ed.). The Passionate Camera: Photography and Bodies of Desire, London/New York: Routledge, 1998.
Campany, David (ed.). Art and Photography, London: Phaidon, 2003.
Green, David. (ed.), Where is the Photograph? Brighton/Kent: Photoforum/Photoworks, 2003.

Film and Digital Art
John Grierson, "First Principles of Documentary." (1932-4) In Imagining Reality, Eds. Kevin McDonald & Mark Cousins, London & Boston: Faber and Faber, 1998 97-103.
Baudrillard, Jean. "Requiem for the Media. " Monfort, N. & Wardrip-Frium. The New Media Reader (Cambridge, Mass.: MIT Press, 2003) 277-288.

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