Media Art History: The Digital Divide


Course Objective

1. Familiarize yourself with the history and theory of new media art,
with special attention to its position within the general field of
contemporary art, on the one hand, and media culture, on the other
2. Understand specific demands concerning the research (methodological)
and presentation (curatorial) of new media art.
3. Learn how to approach and analyze different ‘genres’ within the field
of new media art
4. Train to set up and conduct an individual research project on a topic
that requires taking into account literature from various disciplines,
and to present your results orally and in writing.

Course Content

This course is dedicated to artistic projects actively implementing or
reflecting upon digital media. We will review the history of ‘new media
art’ from cybernetic artworks of the 1950s to current practices of
‘post-digital’ or ‘post-internet’ art. We will question in how far it is
helpful to at all distinguish forms of new media art from the general
field of contemporary art (addressed by Claire Bishop’s essay on the
‘Digital Divide’) and in how far different methods and theories are
needed to study such art forms.

Teaching Methods


Method of Assessment

Participation, including preparation and moderation of class discussion
(20 % )
Oral presentation (20% of grade)
Final paper (60 %) Students have to pass the final paper to pass the

Entry Requirements

BA MKDA, BA art history, comparative art and media studies, or


introductory literature:
Bishop, Claire, ‚Digital Divide‘, Artforum, Sept. 2012, pp. 435-44.
Cramer, Florian: ‘What is ‘Post-digital’?’, in Berry, David, and Michael
Dieter, Postdigital Aesthetics. Art, Computation, and Design, Palgrave
Macmillan, 2015, pp. 12-26.
Kwastek, Katja, Aesthetics of Interaction in Digital Art, MIT Press
Shanken, Edward, Art and Electronic Media, Phaidon 2009.

further and more specific course literature t.b.c. via CANVAS

Target Audience

MA students Contemporary Art History, Critical Studies in Art & Culture,
Comparative Art and Media Studies
MA students in Curating Art & Cultures, Kunst, Markt, and
Connaisseurschap, Design Cultures, as well as exchange students from
humanities disciplines with adequate knowledge of art history or

General Information

Course Code L_KAMAKGS028
Credits 6 EC
Period P2+3
Course Level 400
Language of Tuition English
Faculty Faculty of Humanities
Course Coordinator prof. dr. K. Kwastek
Examiner prof. dr. K. Kwastek
Teaching Staff S. Bergs

Practical Information

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