Faculty: Adam Feldmeth
Duration: 4 weeks/ MWF
Time: 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Relatively recently, a mass migration occurred, into online spaces. While observing responsible social distancing through sheltering-in-place, we find ourselves working, learning, playing, and socializing more than ever before through digital interfacing. For all ages, it has become habitual and essential like never before. What effects are this having on culture, community, and senses of public expression? What visual representations are we encountering daily that inform shifts in how we communicate with one another, how we share, how we (virtually) visit other places, travel, and wander?
Our movements in place inform culture evolving before us: A visual record through advancements in technology both reveal and expose the physical, psychological, and at times brutal nearness of seismic events as they unfold. As a class, we will navigate and attempt to rationalize the difficulties of representing a compromised sense of reality and truth through examples in art, video gaming communities, social media platforms, and other mediums as our contents of a social record of bare realism.
This class will be primarily synchronous. This course will function as a creative lab to collectively examine topical matters of culture formation during a pandemic through an organic, ongoing discussion stimulated by actively considering examples both historical and actual. Gatherings will occur through a video conferencing platform. Reading prompts, images, and video segments will be regularly introduced during class to advance our discussion and expand the variance of our perspective. Students will be encouraged to keep a log of any examples they encounter in their own time and record reflections of sensing where they are traveling each day. For class, students will need to have a device (computer / phone) with camera and microphone functions to participate. Students should prepare to arrive promptly to class meetings and be present for the full hour. They should be come with a willingness to think out loud, an investment in listening to each other, and occasionally working on tasks in small groups.