THE PHYSICAL AND INTANGIBLE
ELEMENTS OF MEDIA ART
The Media School unfolds and discusses the material and intangible planes of media art - as aesthetic functions and process-based forms of creation that are emerging in the field of Visual Cultures - and the “becoming actors” in the realm of politics. These include forms of non-linearity and transposition that characterize the digital field and human memory more generally.
We investigate the specificity of media as a field in the arts and art more generally as an interdisciplinary field of research which embraces the ecology of the mind and the critical potential in techno-sciences, anthropology, philosophy, and other disciplines.
Media Art as a time-based practice has a mnemonic function. We analyze and discuss the border zone between apparatus, perception, the definition of the self, and what acts as an unconscious machine in the production of subjectivity. We look for new tools, new perspectives, and horizons that matter.
We aim to invent a new toolbox for fostering experimental artistic practice - an assemblage - that goes beyond technical structures, creating a zone of connectivity and social relations between human and non-human actors. This aesthetic paradigm describes a political vector in the arts between micro-political, relational worlds and macro-political, cosmic universes.
The School has its own website: The School of Media Art
The teaching principles
The School transposes achieved knowledge from the field of art production (such as mapping, drawing, organizing time, documentary interventions and practices, building databases, non-linear editing, sequencing, assembling, archiving, etc.) to theory and back to practices. We transpose these diverse techniques in order to actualize ideas in relation to concrete contexts and concerns.
The School offers a platform for inventing and thinking diverse audio-visual / time-based formats producing assemblages for a practice-based research that extends beyond installations or film essays. Rather than concentrating on fixed or specific genres in the arts, the Media School focuses on the step-by-step invention of one’s own tools for the playful organization of creation and reflection, constructing a process and continuity during creative research processes.
The School utilizes diverse modes and formats of teaching and communication alternating between classical one-on-one tutorials and studio visits and collective formats such as roundtables, reading groups, excursions, study trips, and inviting guests for lectures and workshops. We visit Film and Media Art Festivals such as the Berlinale and CPH:DOX.
While we build cultures of sharing, exchange and group discussion, the main focus of the Media School is the process of creation and the development of individual student projects. Seminars are designed to provide and invent the time and space necessary for the reflection and discussion of each project.
The teaching language is English.