Creation or Negotiation? A Humanist Perspective to New Media Education: Creating Artists and designers who use technology innovatively and responsibly
New approaches and technologies have caused educators and artists to think about the state of New Media and to develop ways in which to use visual technologies to produce responsible forms of communication and interaction for a worldwide audience. In particular, to find new approaches to experiential design within visual media, i.e., design that focuses on conveying a more humanistic perspective.
Topics of national and individual importance have implications worldwide and are subjects that are constantly trying to be expanded on in the classroom in conjunction with the study of digital media. Through broadening the concept of the visual arts, it may be possible to challenge student's sensibilities, overcome assumptions about how and what they communicate and realize that each of them have the ability and responsibility to communicate on a global scale.
Towards these ends it is often necessary to move curriculums from a skill-based programs to an interdisciplinary arts and design program that integrates aesthetic, creative, and critical thought with expertise in advanced electronic media. The development and the apparent trajectory of media have demonstrated that the relationship of the visual arts to one another is crucial within and outside of academia.
There are many ethical and pedagogical questions that must be asked when teaching technologies such as the Internet where students are able to reconstruct or re-write history for a multitude of purposes. By promoting an awareness of visual culture is it possible to create artists and designers who will use technology innovatively and responsibly in both artistic and commercial spheres? Is it logical, or even possible, to educate students about their artistic responsibility when rearranging the composition or integrity of an image while at the same time teaching them the intricacies of software?
Foundations in Art: Theory and Education (FATE) is a national organization dedicated to the promotion of excellence in the development and teaching of college-level foundation courses in both studio and art history. Panelists will be required to register for the conference. The conference will be held March 30 - April 2nd in Columbus, Ohio and hosted by the Columbus College of Art and Design. Additional information can be obtained from the FATE webs site (web address provided below).
Please mail or email proposals (title, 300 - 500 abstract, CV - three page max) to Brian DeLevie at the address below by the deadline of December 13, 2004.
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