DMS 316 Earth Wind Fire Water & Other Media

Sargent,Paul Lloyd :: T R , 3:00 – 4:50 PM :: CFA232
REG# 24070

Western New York’s built environment is constructed atop a complex ecosystem of “first nature” topography and hydrology comprised of lakes, rivers, marshes, forests, fields, and other features. While environmental conditions of the landscape inform the development of cultures, economies, and societies within the region, in this age that many in the sciences and humanities are calling the Anthropocene, so, too, have socio-cultural and economic factors shaped this now-mediated ecology: channelized rivers converge within polluted bays and harbors to outflow into the Great Lakes, whose shorelines are crisscrossed by train tracks, highways, power lines, fiber optic cables, wastewater systems, smokestacks, runways, canals, and more, forming layer upon layer of interwoven media networks.

This intermediate-level, research-led production class in media ecology will focus on theories, experiments, and projects emerging from an array of disciplines, philosophies, and practices to critically investigate and respond to such media ecologies as resource extraction, production, and consumption networks, waste systems, communications technology infrastructures, “black box” social and infrastructural engineering systems, waterway management, etc, through the production of site- and/or place-specific media experimentation. Buttressing our selection of readings from media theory, media archeology, [urban] political ecology, and cultural geography, students will investigate new and emerging art, engineering, and design practices by utilizing a selection of devices and technologies, from digital imaging machines, cell phone-based GPS applications, data visualization software, and more through the production of short projects and assignments, as well as a formal, semester-long final project in the medium of their choosing.

This course will fulfill Media and Culture requirement.