Media Aesthetics (after the Media)

2018-2019
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I) Knowledge and understanding:
1) Students will be able to identify and understand recent (media)
aesthetic developments and transformations in cross-media culture and to
situate them within a broader historical and theoretical context.
2) Students will be introduced to relevant key concepts and
corresponding terminology and methodology.
II) Applying knowledge and understanding:
3) The historical and theoretical background acquired will be put to use
for the critical analysis of new objects or phenomena from the fields of
media and art
III) Making judgements:
4) Students are able to critically compare current positions regarding
media aesthetics from areas of research.
5) Students are able to define their position within the existing field
of research.
IV) Communication:
6) Students practice to lead an academic discussion, collaborate in
groups, and present their findings in class
V) Learning skills:
7) Students demonstrate their ability to build a solid academic argument
in writing.

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"Media Aesthetics (after the media)" introduces histories and theories
of aesthetic approaches to and experiments across different media. It
acts on the assumption that – if and when all experience is mediated and
every process of mediation implicates aesthetic elements – aesthetics
have to be analyzed as a key feature of past and current media
economies, politics and ecologies. Understood as more than just a formal
act of stylization or container for content, aesthetic features position
the recipient, organize perception, and structure interaction with a
medium. Aesthetic constellations raise even more complex questions when
the (repeatedly proclaimed) shift toward a ‘post-media condition’ is
taken into consideration. Current cross-media transformations of
television serve as a starting point from which the seminar will explore
how access to and interaction with cultural forms is structured by media
technologies and corresponding “stylizing performances”. Television’s
hybrid (or “messy”) textuality has long anticipated tendencies of
convergence and cross-media developments and challenged any fixed notion
of medium-specificity.
If aesthetic characteristics can no longer be strictly clustered and
classified according to (allegedly) fixed boundaries of specific media,
is it justified to claim that contemporary aesthetic regimes become more
mutable than antecedent regimes of ‘distributing the sensible’? The
seminar will discuss these questions with regard to “traditional” media
institutions like books, films, tv, museums etc., as well as to their
concurrent interplay, and the permeation of everyday life by digital
screens and interfaces, databases, sensors and software applications.
The seminar focuses on the discussion of (among others) the following
questions: How do technologies, multiple interfaces and corresponding
practices organize and re-organize perception? How are media practices
participating in the formation and re-formation of different aesthetic
regimes? How are contemporary visual cultures affected by the
accelerated circulation and ’overflow’ of images from platform to
platform, e.g. from the home tv screen to online environments to mobile
devices? Are stylistic characteristics co-converging with converging
technological features of a medium? Which epistemological,
(bio)political and economic ramifications does a
‘becoming-environmental’ of media produce?

Onderwijsvorm

Weekly seminars meetings (4 hours) incl. introductory lecture(s)

Toetsvorm

Moderation & In-class presentation (30%)
Final essay, level 400 (70%)
Both assignments have to be successfully completed to receive the final
grade.

Vereiste voorkennis

Bachelor degree in Comparative Arts and Media Studies or comparable
bachelor programme in Art, Media or Cultural Studies.

Literatuur

All literature will be made available in the Canvas online environment.

Doelgroep

Master students Comparative Arts and Media Studies. Limited access to
outsiders, based on the number of major students at the CAMS master
(max. 25 students in the course will be admitted).

Algemene informatie

Vakcode L_ZAMAACW019
Studiepunten 6 EC
Periode P2
Vakniveau 400
Onderwijstaal Engels
Faculteit Faculteit der Geesteswetenschappen
Vakcoördinator S. Scholz MA
Examinator S. Scholz MA
Docenten S. Scholz MA

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