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Exhibiting Digital Media, Winter 2011

ARTD 3700 / DMST 3900 eMAD Special Topics
WINTER, 2011

Special Topics: Exhibiting New Media

For artists/designers working in new media formats, the opportunities to display work have opened up tremendously. From the internet to new media art festivals to pop-up galleries, alternate venues have proliferated in the last few years. Yet, at the same time, artists/designers are still frequently faced with the conventions of cultural institutions and the workings of the commercial and fine art worlds. Negotiating this territory is rarely straightforward, and as emerging professionals it is crucial that you develop an understanding and sensitivity to how the products of creative output are perceived and handled beyond the controlled environment of the studio.

This special topics class will focus on the exhibition, curation and conservation of new media works. Perhaps more importantly, you will examine the gaps and the overlap between conventional practices and traditional roles on the one hand, and the emerging ideas and innovative practices on the other.

Utilizing both a theoretical and hands-on format, students will explore a range of topics from the conceptual to the practical in dealing with the organization, display, and maintenance of works in new media. Some of the qualities that identify new media art practices are interactivity, collaboration, customization, performance and time, hybridization and remixing. You will explore some of these as topics, even as you develop an understanding of what it means to curate and to design an exhibition.

Upon successful completion of this course, students should have an understanding of the range of factors that influence new media exhibitions. Students will be able to demonstrate:
a) the ability to synthesize concepts presented in our readings and apply them to the practical aspects of the course;
b) a knowledge of museum and gallery roles and conventions;
c) a general fluency with the concerns and issues of exhibiting new media.
Additionally, Students will produce portfolio-worthy creative projects and document those projects in a publishable form that will stand as a record of your efforts.

Required reading (outside of the textbook) will be provided to you in PDF format on the Course Homepage. Suggested texts are provided as a resource to you for your professional development.

Graham, Beryl and Cook, Sarah. Rethinking Curating: Art after New Media
MIT Press, 2010

Lord, Barry and Lord, Gail, eds. The Manual of Museum Exhibitions
AltaMira Press, 2001

Lorenc, Jan. What is Exhibition Design?
RotoVision, 2010

Paul, Christine. New Media in the White Cube and Beyond: Curatorial Models for Digital Art
University of California Press, 2008

1. Students will collaboratively develop a new media project to be displayed on an electronic billboard in the Denver Theatre District, downtown.

2. Students are required to bring new media art/design examples to class throughout the quarter. You will be asked to present your samples and discuss the design ideas.

3. Students will participate in field trips during regularly scheduled class times, and complete the assignments that correlate to those trips. We will be visiting the Denver Art Museum, the Denver Museum of Nature and Science, and Plus Gallery/Denver Theatre District.

4. Reading, writing and discussion. Students are required to complete reading assignments and be prepared to discuss them in class. Additionally, short written summaries will occasionally be required, as well as written assignments for trips off campus.

5. Students will use the space and equipment of the new eMAD Hypercube facility to curate and stage an exhibit.

6. Students will participate in an internship at the Denver Art Museum, assisting in the installation of BLINK! Light, Sound, and the Moving Image.