D+M course 7001 – GRAPH course 7001 – INTERACTIVE TEXT: INTERACTIVE SOUND AND IMAGE EMPHASIS
Professor: Rafael Attias
The course has an Interactive Sound and Image Emphasis. In this class, students experiment with text, visuals, and audio composition in the digital realm, placing emphasis on the effect and meaning transformation that occurs when texts are combined with visuals and audio material. Students that are interested in digital illustration, animation, experimental installations and other new forms of digital art are encouraged to take this class. Each student works on a semester-long project, as well as a series of assignments that balance conceptual concerns with artistic expression.
This course introduces the student to narrative and non-narrative experimentation with language in digital space, presented as fine art practice. Creation of elaborate imagery and animations with digital tools such as Illustrator, InDesign, Photoshop, Flash and Final Cut as well as the basics of audio production, recording, arranging and sequencing with programs like Pro Tools and Ableton Live and other basic analog recording techniques. The course balances conceptual concerns related to content and structuring methodologies with artistic expression. Specific aesthetic histories are explored tracing the use of text in artistic practice including Concrete Poetry, the texts of Kurt Schwitters, Russian Constructivist posters, Fluxus poetic works, The Dada and Surrealist Word/Image, Magritte, Jenny Holtzer, Ed Ruscha, Barbara Kruger as well as other contemporary practitioners.