Studio Theory Media Arts F (THAP3422)


This unit of study is split into two areas: Photomedia, Film and Digital Art. Photomedia: In this studio the focus will be to extend our enquiry into contemporary art and photomedia. We will further explore the question "What is photography?" in light of the medium's slippage across the realms of art and popular culture. Drawing on key contemporary philosophers, theorists, and practitioners, we will continue to consider how you might locate and interpret your own emerging research in relation to contemporary art practices. Film and Digital Art: The Virtual Subject in Postmodern Culture Part 2: recent theories of the new digital sublime in postcinema and the new image technologies will be explored and certain critical, literary and experimental audiovisual traditions from modernism to present times will be traced. Part 2 is structured in two connecting modules. The student will be examining fundamental issues of contemporary literary and media aesthetics and related genres of postmodern techno-creativity.

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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%)


French, Blair. Out of Time: Essays Between Photography & Art, Parkside: Contemporary Art Centre of South Australia, 2006.
Kelsey, Robin & Stimson, Blake (eds.). The Meaning of Photography, New Haven, Conn./London: Yale University Press, 2008.
Lunenfeld, Peter (ed.). The Digital Dialectic, Cambridge, Mass./London: MIT Press, 1999.

Film and Digital Art
Bill Beckley, Sticky Sublime, New York, Allworth Press, 2001.
Keith Cohen (ed), Writing in a Film Age, Colorado, University Press of Colorado, 1991.
Elaine Scarry, On Beauty and Being Just, Princeton , Princeton Press, 1999.
Brian Wallis (ed), Blasted Allegories, MIT Press, 1989.

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