Explore the world of New Media Arts, its diverse categories, its digital and analogue aesthetics, and the theory that informs its practitioners. Interactive everyday objects, artworks you can view only through your browser, a photograph as a memory or reenacted moment, or 130 lines of code. What is New Media Art?
In "An Introduction to New Media Art," we'll examine the precursors and their contemporary peers that have helped shape the definition of new media. We'll also develop a vocabulary by discussing the mediums, tools, and technologies explored by New Media artists. These explorations will be conducted through case studies, examples, and a gallery visit.
Session 1, March 8
This session will include an exploration of the history of technology in art from the camera obscura to the home computer, a look at the old guard, the 70s, and the emergence of new media arts as an art form and more.
Session 2, March 15
Included is a deeper dive into the history of media arts, a discovery of the mediums, programs and computer languages a media artist might utilize. We will also explore through case studies a selection of contemporary media artists including their most seminal works and finish with a discussion about NFT's.
Session 3, March 22
The series concludes with a visit to the group exhibition "Decision Making - The Decisive Instant" at the Centre Culturel Canadien and Némo Biennial, curated by Alian Thibault, Catherine Bédard and Dominique Moulon (one of the leading media art theorists). Participants will visit the exhibit with their new understanding of what New Media Arts is all about.
About the instructor: NAOMI COOK lives and works in-between Montréal and Paris, studied art and philosophy at Concordia university, Montréal and received a Master 2 / Diplôme des Beaux-Arts de l’ESADHaR, Le Havre, France. Her work consists of research into large data sets as a way of creating visual representations that reveal embed patterns and poetry. She was recently interviewed by Magdalena Zborowski for the first issue of Has Magazine “Big data and singularities.” Her first book — Asterisms, was published by Anteism Books in 2021.
Photo credit: Nam June Paik “Budhha TV”