ARTH 358/2-AA - Studies in the History of Media Art Special Topic: The Projected Image
INSTRUCTOR: MARK SCHILLING
The last twenty years has seen an increased interest in multimedia installations in museums and biennials. Attractive to museums for the visual impact on viewers, projected moving images have also been the source of intense scrutiny in academic and general publications. Now ubiquitous, the projected image has had a difficult history in visual art, often dismissed as novelty or spectacle, or as the domain of cinema and the Cineplex. This course considers the projected image in art historical, media and cinematic histories. Tracing a history of illuminated art, we will examine the development of cinema as a technology and as a form of representation. The course examines the development of the space of the projected image within the museum, the uses of media in art and the history of sculpture within modernist theories of audience relationships and formalism, and the development of installation art practices. As well, developments of ideas of time, duration, the still image and spatial concerns in media, cinema and in gallery-based art will be addressed. The course will also examine in detail case studies of recent exhibitions of projected images and when possible use examples of art on display in Montreal as a way to allow students to experience and assess exhibitions of projected images in context.