Media Art in Context
This course explores histories of media art and theory. Seminal terms like "original", "authorship", "remake" and "remix" will lead us through problems related to curatorial and institutional practice. We will cover the whole range of media and cross-media praxis since the 1960s including examples of contemporary work, enhanced by two offsite meetings at SFMOMA and the Kadist Foundation. The course offers at the same time a closer look at specific media and presentation contexts in which artists have been active. From television to fairs and festivals, from physical archives to online platforms - artists and institutions have explored alternative ways to exhibit and distribute works of media art that go beyond the museum and gallery context. The goal of the course is to enable students to critically engage with a dynamic field of technology, art praxis and theory. Students will come to understand ideas and concepts related to old and new technologies and will apply these concepts to the critical analysis of specific works and contexts of presentation, distribution, and publishing.