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ARTH 358 Studies in the History of Media Art: Fake News

  • Thursdays, 11:45am - 2:15pm
  • EV 1.605
  • Instructor: Dr. Alice Ming Wai Jim

What is the role of art in a post-truth world? How have shifting screen cultures and mediascapes altered our experience and understanding of reality? To what extent are we subject to them? Screen culture pervades society's experience of visual culture, including different forms of contemporary art expressions not only profoundly responsive to news and social media but also generated and amplified by them. Tracing various cultural technologies and drawing from contemporary media art theory, this course examines the convergence of media forms to explore the diversity of formal aspects, modes of distribution, politics, and new media cultures produced in contemporary art's engagement with screen culture and new media. We will focus on the relationship between news media, "fake news," activism, and screen-based digital artistic practices in a post-truth, post-pandemic, post-George Floyd era.

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