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Migrants, Nomads, Transients, an Miscrients: Art Practice and the Digital Diaspora
CFA 310 Tue, Thu 8:30-11:20 PM

Instructor: Osman Khan
Email: okhan@andrew.cmu.edu
Office Hours: Doherty Hall D311 Thursday 5-6 PM

Description
“The medium, or process, of our time – electric technology is reshaping and restructuring patterns of social interdependence and every aspect of our personal life. It is forcing us to reconsider and re-evaluate practically every thought, every action, and every institution formerly taken for granted. Everything is changing: you, your family, your education, your neighborhood, your job, your government, your relation to the others. And they’re changing dramatically.” – The Medium is The Massage, Marshall McLuhan

In the course we will be exploring the effects of technologies on our culture, in particular how it has affected our notions of identity, place, mapping and community. Students will work on projects exploring a critical position in relation to culture and technologies.
This is an art studio before it is a computer art studio. We want to make art with computers, not simply learn how to use computers. This means that learning the skills necessary to become and artist (in any medium:) vision, invention/imagination, motivation, self-direction and self reliance, self criticism/self assessment are central to this class. Mastery of tools is good, but it is not an end in itself. I expect proficiency with the tools and inventive application of them to your creative goal.
A course material fee is required. In addition, students can expect to purchase individual items that are unique to their projects.

Skills
Exposure to a range of visual technologies and software. Enhancing ability to present work. Increasing vocabulary appropriate for discussing visual work. Introduction to relevant historical precedents.

Learning Objectives
Upon satisfactory completion, student will be able to:

  • Identify around media, communication and digital technologies impacting our understanding of identity, place, mapping and community
  • Engage media, communication and digital technologies for art production and deployment.
  • Employ historical and contemporary contexts around media, communication and digital technologies and contemporary art to inform their own art practice.
  • Develop projects involving media, communication and digital technologies to help inform their own art practice.

Evaluation
Assignments will be evaluated based on their aesthetic and conceptual qualities. All Assignments and presentations must be completed in order to pass the course. They will be given a score from 0 to 4. Late assignments will reduce the numeric score of the assignment to a maximum of two. Assignments are only considered complete when they are accessible from the student’s website. More than 3 absences without the teacher’s permission before the class meetings will result in a full point off the overall grade. If a student is late 3 times, this will count as an unexcused absence.

Projects will be assessed by the following:


Process: 25%
breadth and depth of idea generation and exploration, evaluation of ideas. And development and refinement of selected ideas
Work: 50%
Quality, relevance and innovation of your final piece, craftsmanship, verbal presentation, documentation, and understanding of key points
Participation: 15%
articulation of ideas, contribution of constructive criticism, vale and frequency of comments given, and attention to class activities
Attitude: 10%
Attendance, meeting of deadlines, demeanor, and commitment to this classes and your work

You are all expected to attend the Fall Art Lecture series.

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