ARTC(M)300 Digital Multimedia3
Term: Fall, Spring
The course investigates possibilities for interaction with the city (Florence) by employing strategies and tools associated with a contemporary multimedia art project. Theoretical issues related to multimedia practices are approached, including brief historical overviews of themes such as city, memory, body and the sublime. The role of the artist is underlined as someone who observes, identifies, and pinpoints the sometimes not so apparent relationships between the individual and the society.
Particular attention is given to examples of the art of installation as a way of incorporating both technology and space (physical and cultural) into artists' work. Students are asked to live in the city, observe and interact with it, use all methods and forms of communication in order to investigate it and understand it. While learning about many artists and the themes they approach in their work, students are introduced to narrative forms that develop from the use of digital photography, video and sound. Students are encouraged to use all of these means both to capture and document reality, as well as to develop art projects based on personal sensibility and poetics.
Through the assignments, the city is carefully observed and mapped, and the results of that mapping are collected and transformed into individual gallery projects. The final projects are presented in a gallery space in Florence (La Corte Arte Contemporanea). Readings are both assigned and recommended. Occasionally, students may meet artists and gallery owners in Florence, and are thus introduced to some basic issues of the contemporary art system. Whenever possible, students visit contemporary art shows in Florence and elsewhere.
(See syllabus below. An updated syllabus will be posted at the beginning of each term.)
Syllabus & Faculty