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04 May 2020

'New Technologies for Performance Art' – Online Course at ECC Performance Art

New Technologies for Performance Art
Online Course at ECC Performance Art


May 18 - June 8, 2020


ECC Performance Art

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'New Technologies for Performance Art' – Online Course at ECC Performance Art
With Francesca Albrezzi

This course is devoted to one of the most pertinent cultural trends of the present: immersion and its technologies. It addresses central questions such as: What does the turn to the immersive mean for us? Why is it happening? Who benefits? Who doesn't? How is it changing the way we create, share, and preserve art and culture?
The histories of art, photography, and film offer useful comparisons for what is being experienced in the present with the rapid development and assimilation of digital applications. Reality, after the surrealist twenties, could never again be seen as simple or continuous, describable empirically or through induction. As once science fictions now become scientific realities, and as the virtual inches closer to becoming indistinguishable from the actual, how do we understand the changing dynamics between new technology and human understanding? Experiential technologies or XR technologies, which include virtual reality (VR), augmented reality (AR), and 360 photo and video capture, propose knowledge production through an immersive encounter.
The field of Digital Humanities highlights the ongoing tension of pairing computational methods which are often more quantitative and positivist with arts and humanities practices that shepherd a more qualitative reflection or approach. This class brings together a set of resources that will illuminate the friction of that combination in powerful ways. Students will not only learn about historical techniques of immersion but will be expected to think critically and reflect on their own relationships with technology - not judging it as good or bad, but as a complex exchange that is worthy of time and thought.

May 18 - June 8, 2020
Mondays between 6-8pm CET
Fee: EUR 175

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