MART 581C: Media Performance

Next taught by Dr. Tarr: SPRING 2018

Performance?

In this course we will work on artworks that exist temporarily, in a specific place and time, created in that moment by the artist. Think of it kind of like theater as opposed to cinema. In cinema, you make an artwork that is fixed and can be enjoyed over and over in the future. But in theater, the art is created anew with each engagement. We will be focusing on ephemeral artwork, things that are fleeting, and creating unique and memorable emotional moments with audiences. There are a few examples of this kind of work on my own website: Glitchscape, Blood Lust of the Wolf, New Islands Archipelago, and Hieronymous. We'll talk about many other works by other artists.

Who is this class for?

This course is best suited for people interested in no easy answers, blurry boundaries, and difficult work with the risk of public embarrassment should the whole thing implode in front of everyone. It's a lot like life.

Folks who really like rubrics will hate this class. People who really want a professor to tell them exactly what to do to get the A they want will find the class infuriating.

It would be a profound mistake to take this class because you need 3 upper level media arts credits.

Any Future prospects for what I do in this class?

There are very few places in the US to study the kind of work we'll do in this class. If you take the work to heart, your portfolio will expand to include work that includes projections design, live media, projection mapping, and most importantly—project management. These skills are good for independent artists, and well as people interested in doing work with live events, theater, and other unforeseen arts that will emerge in the future.

The class is full, will you add me?

Sorry, no. The class size is based on the fire capacity of the room. Let me know if you want the class but it is full, I keep track of this and communicate it to the people at the University who decide how many courses we can offer.

I'M NOT A MEDIA ARTS MAJOR OR MINOR. CAN I TAKE IT ANYWAY?

Definitely!

I haven't had the PREREQS. Will you let me take this?

Possibly. In some cases, if a student has taken equivalent classes in another major that prove to me a certain level of fluency in terms of visual art sophistication and command of visual language, I may let them in the class if there is space, and if I believe the student won't need remediation (I do not have time to individually teach students media production techniques that they should have gotten in previous courses). This decision is mine alone as the professor, and it has nothing to do with what software you may know or how well you can draw. But if the above describes your case, drop me a line.

WHAT are THE PREREQS?

You must have successfully completed (with a C or better) MART 210 (Digital Media Art Fundamentals) and MART 380 (New Media Art).

DO I HAVE TO BUY SOFTWARE?

No.

IS THERE A TEXTBOOK?

No.