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Engineering (E) Courses (2016-17)

E/Art 88. Critical Making. 9 units (3-0-6): third term. This course examines the concepts and practices of critical maker culture through hands-on engagement and critical reflection on the relations between technology, culture and society. Major writings and practitioners' work will provide context for hands-on exploration of a variety of materials, technologies and methods drawn from design, engineering, art and science. Foci may include digital fabrication, electronics, communications and media technologies and their relations to cultural, social, political and economic issues, activism, the history of technology, science, design and art. 3D printing, micro-electronics and technological vision may be covered. Writings from the study of media, communications, gender, histories of science, art and design, politics, economics, and critical theory may be included. Instructor: Mushkin.
E/H/Art 89. New Media Arts in the 20th and 21st Centuries. 9 units (3-0-6): second term. This course will examine artists' work with new technology, fabrication methods and media from the late 19th Century to the present. Major artists, exhibitions, and writings of the period will be surveyed. While considering this historical and critical context, students will create their own original new media artworks using technologies and/or fabrication methods they choose. Possible approaches to projects may involve robotics, electronics, computer programming, computer graphics, mechanics and other technologies. Students will be responsible for designing and fabricating their own projects. Topics may include systems in art, the influence of industrialism, digital art, robotics, telematics, media in performance, interactive installation art, and technology in public space. Artists studied may include Eadweard Muybridge, Marcel Duchamp, Vladmir Tatlin, John Cage, Jean Tinguely, Stelarc, Survival Research Laboratories, Lynne Hershman Leeson, Edwardo Kac, Natalie Jeremenjenko, Heath Bunting, Janet Cardiff and others. Instructor: Mushkin.