What is visual intervention in contemporary art, architecture, and design? How do artists interrogate technology to engage in socially and politically engaged investigative practice? The course draws from key concepts in critical theory, visual culture, media theory, and history of science and technology to explore these key questions. The course focuses on digital media and the technologies that produce them and the media ecologies they produce. Moreover, the course takes a materialist approach to media arguing that the materiality of media and how media spaces are produced can help artists to better understand and intervene into pressing contemporary issues such as surveillance capitalism, human rights, and environmental destruction. As their final output, students produce a visual essay on a topic that cross cuts the course themes and their artistic research project.
Race and Forest. Biennale Warszawa/Museum of Modern Art Warsaw, 2019