Reading and Writing about Visual Experience: Computing the Visual
Monday | Wednesday: 2:00 - 3:30pm
In this course, we will practice the skills of college level reading, writing, and research through a critical investigation of the impact of digital images on twentieth and twenty-first century visual cultures. We will analyze digital images in the form of new media art, digital cinema, graphical user interfaces and video games, and we will read texts on the history and theory of new media. Among other questions, we will ask: what makes digital images different from analog images, and what impact do digital images have on the aesthetics and practices of the cultures in which they circulate? How do representations of race, class, and gender come to be configured and re-configured in the age of digital computers? To answer these questions, students will research, write and revise a series of papers in which they will interpret and evaluate course texts and secondary sources, culminating in a 10-12 page final research paper. This course satisfies the second half of the Reading and Composition (R&C) requirement.