Undergraduate Catalog 2017-2018
CIN 309 Electronic Media: Alternative Video Histories
4 hours; 4 credits
An exploration of the history and aesthetics of video from its inception with the development of the light-weight portapak in the mid-1970s. The relationship of video to television and cinema, its significance as an international art practice supported by the major cultural institutions, and its use by individual artists and by media collectives are major themes in the course. Screenings of key videos, the critical vocabulary specific to the medium, weekly readings, discussions, and lectures, will frame this consideration of how video has managed to permeate our culture in little more than two generations.
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