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Comm 682: “Histories and Theories of the Moving-Image: Pasts, Presents, Futures”
Open to Graduate Students and Undergrads (Juniors and Seniors Only)
No prerequisite for graduate students
Prerequisite for Undergraduates: Art 159, Comm 140, Engl 142, or Permission of Instructor for Undergraduate Students
Course Topic: Theories of moving images, and imaging technologies, from the primitive to the not-yet-existing. Concentration on electronic, post-electronic, and intermedia moving-image work in the U.S. from the early 1970s–especially New York schools (the Kitchen, the Whitney Museum affiliates, the East Village, etc.) and California styles (including certain types of full-blown postmodernism)–through to the era of the Internet. Focus on the issues that these works pose for how to think about what “media” and “images” are and have been, how they work today, and how they might develop in the near and more distant future.
Required Materials: outside screenings via the web plus a collection of 20th century critical writings, mostly writings (including the more “para-academic” writings) connected with the above and other avant-garde traditions, such as: Barthes, *Camera Lucida*; John Tagg’s work on the advent of photography; Susan Sontag and her legacy in the United States; Bersani and Dutoit’s book *Forms of Being: Cinema, Aesthetics, Subjectivity;* dialogues between various writers about Warhol’s films; Jean-Philippe Toussaint’s *Television: A Novel;* and Jacques Derrida’s filmed discussions with Bernard Stiegler around electronic and digital media.