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Yolande C Harris
DXARTS 490
Seattle Campus

Special Topics in Digital Arts and Experimental Media

Taught by UW faculty and visiting artists, engineers, scientists, and humanities scholars.

Class description

Artists play an important role in investigating changing human relationships to the environment. In recent decades scientific research has revealed systemic environmental transformations on a global scale. Given this context, artists are increasingly aligning their roles within collaborative, social and technological projects that often emphasize complex interactions at scales beyond human perception. Beginning from this general background, the seminar will operate on three integrated levels: research, lab visits and production. Topics will include: making the inaudible audible and visual, underwater sound, sound and energetic transductions, field recordings and displaced sound/image, mapping visualizations and navigations. Presentations, readings and discussions will locate these topics within a dynamic aesthetic and theoretical context, including land art and acoustic ecology, eco-art and locative media. Students will design questions for research visits to UW labs that specifically use audification, sonification and visualization to research aspects of the environment. We will discuss a variety of artistic approaches to environmental technologies and research, to experiment with when working towards a final artistic project.

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

Lab visits in research departments at U. Guest Lecture (to be confirmed). Two presentations of work in progress towards final project, week 4 and week 8. Final: original artwork developed during the course (can be collaborative).

Recommended preparation

Class assignments and grading

Grading will be based upon the quality of concept, integration of ideas developed in the course, experimentation, and realization.

The overall class grade will be approximately broken down as follows:

Participation: 20%

Presentations: 30%

Written Feedback: 10%

Final Project: 40%


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Art and the Environment web page
Last Update by Yolande C Harris
Date: 12/05/2013