GRADUATE SCHOOL OF SOCIAL SCIENCESMEDIA and CULTURAL STUDIES


MCS-511-Visions and Visualities

Spring 2012

VISIONS AND VISUALITIES:

ART, MEDIA AND INTERMEDIALITY

Tatiana Mozhaeva

tatianamozhaeva@gmail.com

 

Course Description:

This course explores art and media interaction, one of dominant trends in contemporary cultural and media studies, in terms of visual culture. The first part of the course is focused on critical investigation of theoretical debates on intermediality. The lectures will provide theoretical framework of modalities and modes of media, transformations of media and media borders. Special attention will be paid to the crucial interactions between word and image in the context of concepts and practices of intermediality. As a result, awareness of the basic nature of types of media and art forms will be developed. The second part of the course examines intermediality in the context of contemporary socio-political and artistic practices.

Course Requirements:

All students are expected to attend class sessions and having read the assigned material to participate in discussions of theoretical readings (30 %). The students who are registered for the course are to submit annotation papers for the must readings of each topic (marked ●) (20 %). Presentation of a theoretical reading topic equals to 20 %. You are also required to complete and present a term paper dealing with a particular theoretical issue (30 %).

 

Course Outline:

 

I. INTRODUCTION: HISTORIOGRAPHY OF THE ISSUE (Week 1)

 

● Wagner, R.(2000), The Art Work of the Future (selections) 

Lessing, G.E. Laocoon: an Essay on the Limits of Painting and Poetry (selections)

 

II. BASIC CONCEPTS OF INTERMEDIALITY (Weeks 2-3)

 

Media, modalities and modes (Week 2)

●Elleström, L. (2010), “The Modalities of Media: How Media are Related to Each Other”, in hisMedia Borders, Multimodality and Intermediality, NY, London: Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 11-48.  

●Verstraete, G. (2010), “Intermedialities: A Brief Survey of Conceptual Key Issues”, in Acta Univ. Sapientiae, Film and Media Studies, 2, pp. 7-14.

 

The visual and the verbal (Week 3)

● Gombrich, E.H. (1984), Art and Illusion: a Study in the Psychology of Pictorial Representation, London: Phaidon Press (selections).

 

● Mitchell W.J.T. (2007), “There are no Visual Media”, in Ö. Grau (Ed.), Media Art Histories, MIT Press, pp. 395-406.

III. MEDIA BORDERS: INTERMEDIALITY, HETEROMEDIALIRY, HYPERMEDIALITY, MULTIMODALITY, INTERTEXTUALITY, HYBRIDITY, TRANSMEDIALITY (Weeks 4-5)

 

● Rayewsky, I. (2010), “Border Talks: the Problematic Status of Media Borders in the Current Debate about Intermediality”, in L. Elleström (Ed.), Media Borders, Multimodality and Intermediality, NY, London: Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 51-68.

●Robillard, V. (2010) “Beyond Definition: a Practical Approach to Intermediality”, in L. Elleström (Ed.), Media Borders, Multimodality and Intermediality, NY, London: Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 150-161.

● Bruhn, J. (2010), “Heteromediality”, in L. Elleström (Ed.), Media Borders, Multimodality and Intermediality, NY, London: Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 225-236.

● Wolf, W. (2007), “Description as a Transmedial Mode of Representation. General Features and Possibilities of Realization in Painting, Fiction and Music”, in W. Wolf, W. Bernhart (eds.),Description in Literature and Other Media, Amsterdam, New York: Rodopi, pp. 1-87 (selections).

 

IV. INTERMEDIALITY AND SOCIAL PRACTICES (Weeks 6-10)

 

 

Synchronic Intermediality. Remediation and its Paradoxes (Week 6)

● Bolter, J.D., Grusin, R. (2000), Remediation: Understanding New Media, Cambridge, Massachusetts, MIT press (selections)

Diachronic Intermediality. Remediation and Dynamics of Cultural Memory (Week 7)

●  Wertheim, D. (2009), “Remediation as a Moral Obligation: Authenticity, Memory, and Morality in Representations of Anne Frank”, in A.Erll, A.Rigney (Eds.), Mediation, Remediation and Cultural Memory, Berlin, NY: Walter de Gruyter Rigney, pp. 157-172.  

Convergence Media: Categories of Synaesthesia (Week 8)

● Cassidy, M.F. “Touch, Taste, Breath. Synaesthesia, Sence Memory, and the Selling of Cigarettes on Television, 1948-1971”, in J. Staiger, S. Hake (Eds.), Convergence Media History,NY, London: Routledge, pp. 34-45.

Intermediality in political context (Week 9)  

● Krauss, R. (1999), Art in the Age of the Post-Medium Condition, London: Thames and Hudson (selections).

● Schröter, J.(2010), “The Politics of Intermediality”, in Acta Univ. Sapientiae, Film and Media Studies, 2, pp. 107-124.

Intermediality in social context (Week 10)

● Debray, R. (2007), “Socialism: a Life-Cycle”, in New Left Review, July-Aug. 2007, pp. 5-28.

 

V. INTERMEDIALITY AND ARTISTIC PRACTICES (Weeks 11-13)

 

Intermediality in Literature (Week 11)

● Wandhoff, H. (2006), “Found(ed) in a Picture: Ekphrastic Framing in Ancient, Medieval and Contemporary Literature”, in W. Wolf, W. Bernhart (Eds.), Framing Borders in Literature and Other Media, Amsterdam, NY: Rodopi, pp. 207-227.

● Ljungberg, Ch. (2005), “Cartographic Strategies in Contemporary Fiction”, in C.Clüver, V.Plesch, L.Hoek (Eds.), Orientations: Space – Time – Image – Word, Amsterdam, NY: Rodopi, pp. 155-172.

● Rapp, R. (2005), “Tango with Cows: Russian Futurist Book Art”, in C.Clüver, V.Plesch, L.Hoek (Eds.), Orientations: Space – Time – Image – Word, Amsterdam, NY: Rodopi, pp. 199-213.

Intermediality in Visual Arts (Week 12)

● Somaini, A. “Visual Surveillance. Transmedial Migrations of a Scopic Form”, in Acta Univ. Sapientiae, Film and Media Studies, 2 (2010), pp. 145-159.

● Düchting, S. (2005), “The Interaction of Art and Cartography in the Work of Simon Patterson and Susanne Weirich”, in C.Clüver, V.Plesch, L.Hoek (Eds.), Orientations: Space – Time – Image – Word, Amsterdam, NY: Rodopi, pp. 173-182.

Intermediality in Film Studies (Week 13)

● Petho, A. “Intermediality in Film: A Historiography of Methodologies”in Acta Univ. Sapientiae, Film and Media Studies, 2 (2010), pp. 39-72.

● Blom, I. “Frame, Space, Narrative. Doors, Windows and Mobile Framing in the Films of Luchino Visconti”, in Acta Univ. Sapientiae, Film and Media Studies, 2 (2010), pp. 91-106.

 

PRESENTATIONS OF TERM PAPERS (Week 14)