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Kursusnavn (dansk):Digital æstetik 
Kursusnavn (engelsk):Digital Aesthetics 
Semester:Efterår 2010 
Udbydes under:Bachelor i digitale medier og design (bdmd) 
Omfang i ECTS:7,50 
Min. antal deltagere:12 
Forventet antal deltagere:60 
Maks. antal deltagere:80 
Formelle forudsætninger:Information about study structure
This course is part of the third semester of the bachelor's degree in digital media and design. See the study structure described here (in Danish):
Bachelor digital media  
Læringsmål:After the course the student should able to:

·Demonstrate a basic understanding of aesthetic aspects of digital media and technologies.

·Identify and reflect on artistic methods involving digital media and technologies.

·Develop and use explorative prototyping processes to investigate the design of situated experiences relative to compositional strategies.

·Identify and critically evaluate artistic explorations infused by digital media in historical and media specific contexts.
Fagligt indhold:The course introduces a range of artistic approaches to the use of digital media and networked relationships through mediated operations. We will investigate relations between compositional strategies, the design of artworks, and the experience qualities enabled. A broader context of artistic explorations will be analysed to identify the relation between artistic intent and composed form of experience across genres and media of expression.

Different aesthetic strategies in a wide array of artistic media infused by digital technology are treated and analysed, including installation arts and other spatial forms of expression, theatrical and participatory events, telematic operations and online/offline integrated social sites, intermedial, mobile and web based art projects.

The laboratory practice will introduce methods to develop compositional strategies in complex intermedial environments for the investigation of experience qualities and design of artistic processes.

Theoretically the course will build an inter-disciplinary context of analytic positions, and closely correlate critical analysis and creative practice. We will investigate contexts of artistic exploration and compositional strategies specific to the digital media, and discuss the mutual impact of technological innovation and artistic exploration. The theoretical sources will include artist’ statements, as well as academic papers from related fields of study.
Læringsaktiviteter:12 forelæsninger og 12 øvelsesgange

• The morning runs as seminar sessions with presentations and discussions on key aspects of digital aesthetics. The seminar sessions alter between lectures, student presentations, group work, and critical discussions. Student present selected texts and examples of artworks, from which key artistic concepts and strategies are identified and discussed.

• The afternoon runs as laboratory session with staged prototype events, exploring key aspects of experience design and composition of artistic events. Through practical sessions students will explore how to strategise experience qualities through staging explorative prototype events.

• The first part of the course introduces key concepts, positions and method, enabling the students to engage in an explorative process by seminar discussions and laboratory events.

• Midway the students deliver a draft synopsis on their exam paper.

• The second part of the course introduces more complex perspectives and integrated approaches to analysis and creation.

Eksamensform og -beskrivelse:X. experimental examination form (7-scale; external exam), 7-trins-skala, Ekstern censur

All students work in groups.
Each group delivers a synopsis of an individual research project mid-way in the course. The synopsis consists of 2 pages, which identify the theme of investigation, outline the intended content, and propose a strategy for the project research. NB!It is mandatory to hand in the synopsis in order to be eligible for the exam.

The students participate in peer critique processes, present their work in progress, and engage in critical discussions.

Each student group delivers a written essay, 6-8 pages, with linked media on DVD.
The essay should be delivered in print at the exam office, with all linked material on DVD.
The exam is based on the extent to which the essay meets the course goals.
NB! The individual contribution from each participant in a student group to the final essay must be stated clearly in the essay (e.g. in an appendix), in order to enable an individual assessment of each student.

Litteratur udover forskningsartikler:A list of further literature and references will be available at course start.

Recommended books:

Christiane, Paul (2008): "Digital Art, Second Edition" London, Thames & Hudson

Wands, Bruce (2006): "Art of the Digital Age" London, Thames & Hudson
Afholdelse (tid og sted)
Kurset afholdes på følgende tid og sted:
Mandag 09.00-12.00 Forelæsning ITU 2A12
Mandag 13.00-16.00 Øvelser ITU 2A12, DesignLab, Lille DesignLab (2A20)

Eksamen afholdes på følgende tid og sted:
2010-12-15 Før kl. 15.00 Eksamensopgave 1 ITU Eksamenskontoret (2E)