Electronic Media, within the framework of contemporary critical theory, seeks to explore the intersection between art, culture and technology,through an examination of video, screen based and photographic work.

The course is divided into eight blocks: first block is an overview and introduction to the differing genealogies in contemporary theory locating the development of electronic media. The second block introduces the idea of prosthetic memory as a recurrent theme within electronic media. The third block examines the ways in which contemporary electronic media is challenging the psychoanalytical theories of the mirror/screen as a mode of identification and subject formation. The forth block looks at artistic interventions into the the modern computer interface (Graphic User Interface). The fifth block looks at how the interface between technology and the body, through the image of the cyborg, has seen the positing of new subjectivities in contemporary electronic based performance art. The sixth block looks at theories of hypertext and interaction and how they challenging contemporary theories of critical writing and artistic and audience intervention. The seventh block, through the figure of the automata, examines a body of work which is emerging around the concepts of telepresence and telerobotics which disrupts the narrative of technology as subjection/control. A theoretical position and proposes that the telephone,the telescope, TV and the web are technologies which are producing new forms of knowledge and understanding. The final block looks at issues of technological surveillance and embodiment.

The course will also cover the making and setting up of a web site on the college network - as an essential part of the course requirements.



Course Leader: Janice Cheddie

Course Overview

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