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Media Installation

Course MD612 | Christian Dootz, Abla Mohamed

"Emotionally meaningful transformative shared experience"

A Gesamtkunstwerk (translated as total work of art, ideal work of art, universal artwork, synthesis of the arts, comprehensive artwork, all-embracing art form or total artwork) is a work of art that makes use of all or many art forms or strives to do so. ― Wikipedia

Media Installations are three-dimensional works that are often site-specific and designed to transform the perception of a space. Originally, they have been constructed in exhibition spaces such as museums and galleries, but became soon more and more important in commercial contexts as tools to enhance corporate communication processes. The genre incorporates a broad range of everyday and natural materials, which are often chosen for their "evocative" qualities, as well as new media such as video, sound, performance, immersive virtual reality and the internet.

Course Outline

This course will explore in theory and practice the conceptual strategies of installation and media art. The lecture series will offer a historical overview on the topic, while the practical part of the course will result in a student exhibition consisting of various mixed media installations.

Learning Outcome, Competences

The students will work on installation projects in order to get an understanding about the complexity and challenges of this field. The interplay of media, space, time and user will be examined. Tools will be introduced to develop concepts and solutions for setting up site specific and appropriate media implementations with photography, video, sound and interactive tools.


Existence and Space


DATE TOPIC EXERCISE ASSIGNMENTS
03/02
04/02
Introduction To Exist 01. Find Examples of Media Installations
10/02
11/02
Outlook on the Semester.
Examples of Media Installations.
Stare into a Wall 02. Read this text and answer the questions provided in the pdf.
17/02
18/02
Performance Art - Marina Abramovic "The Artist is Present" Maintain eye contact for 5 minutes 03. Write a reflection on the in class exercise (The Artist is Present by Marina Abramovic).
24/02
25/02
History of Media Installation. ---- Choose an artist (and a back up artist) from this list for your midterm presentation.
02/03
03/03
Contemporary Media Installation. Place an object in a space to change it's meaning.
09/03
10/03
Midterms // No class ---- ----
16/03
17/03
Midterm // Artist Presentations Schedule
23/03
24/03
Midterm // Artist Presentations Schedule Develop concepts for the final project.
30/03
31/03
Walk into a Media Installation Excursion to DCAF on Sunday 3rd of April.
06/04
07/04
Final Project Concept Presentations. Start working on the content of your project.
13/04
14/04
Present your content. Consultations Create a real scaled model for your installation.
20/04
21/04
Present your model. Consultations Get ready to set up! (Gather material, equipment and all needed elements.)
27/04
28/04
Final Exhibition Setup. Test and refine.
07/05
10/05
Final Exhibition and Presentations. Schedule