Media Installation

Course MD615 | Christian Dootz, Rewan Gamaly, Amira El Badry

"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.

Media Installation

5-8 FEB Introduction:What is Media Installation? Experience in space.

The Ambassadors painting analysis

12-15 FEB Multi-sensory experiences

Performance Art - Marina Abramovic "The Artist is Present"

Preform "The Artist is Present" for 5 minutes. (in class) Write a short reflection on the in class exercise once as an audience and once as a performer.

Book Presentation Times Here

19-22 FEB Expo 1900 Paris

Kurt Schwitters
Expo NY 64

15 minutes exhibition: Change the meaning of an object(s) Write a short reflection on the in class exercise.
26 FEB - 1 MAR Design Thinking Process

Nam June Paik
Anthony McCall
James Turrell
Lynn Hershman Leeson
Light Festivals

Form groups + brainstorm for assignment.

Discussing current events in Cairo one of which is Noise Box Projection mapping Workshop I D-CAF 18

Tutorial for Projection Mapping
5 - 8 MAR Bruce Neuman

Peter Campus
Bill Viola
Yayoi Kusama
Christio and Jeane Claude

Projection mapping on selected objects.
Parallel vs Corner Layout

Final individual concept. Details provided in the email.

19 - 22 MAR Pipilotti Rist

Mona Hatoum
Basel Abbas & Rouan
Anish Kapoor
Ars Electronica

Corner installation
Be ready with the parallel installation.