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EDPX 3700/4700: EDP Topics: Biomedia pdf
http://www.du.edu/~tweaver2/edpx3700
Spring 2018, MW, 1PM-3:50PM
Timothy Weaver, tweaver2@du.edu, 303.871.3279,
Shwayder Art Building, 213, office hrs, MW 7:30AM to 9AM, W 4:00PM to 5:30PM

Teaching Assistant: Jeremy Billauer, <jeremy.billauer@gmail.com>

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This EDP topics course will survey and investigate the interplay between new media, biological systems and technologies as they relate to the creative inquiry at the juncture of the life sciences, digital formatting and contemporary technoculture. The course will build upon the basic paradigms and platforms of biological syatems to expand into a coverage of our framing of corporeality, biological/environmental sensibilities and our perceptions and interconnections with biomaterials and lifeforms that we exist thru and within.

From this point of reference we will then expand onward toward the bi-directional scales of the biospheric and the molecular as points-of-study for dialogue and reference exchange in the cross-bred domains of biological and technological systems.  Through each of these levels of study, representation will be given to theory, critical context, technology, and reduction to creative practice as linkages between the topics of new and biomedia we will be discussing. The coverage of this course is intended to act as a scholarly platform for creative inquiry/critical dialogue into biomedia literacy and bio/technoethics as a comparative to emerging forms of technocultural impact and creative expression.

COURSE OBJECTIVES

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:: Introduce and expand the theoretical concepts and processes that characterize the intersecting domains of new media and biomedia

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:: Build insight into the technocultural and bioethical contexts which define the environment of biomedia access,  interpretation and applications;

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Characterize the diversity of tools and technique that exemplify and expand the theoretical base and language of biomedia;

:: Perpetuate the knowledge train and access to these tools and techniques to root experimentation, artistic process and intuition for developing future works;

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Expand the language for the enablement of critical dialogue, analysis of works, expansion of biomedia manipulation and exchange of ideas and criticism;

:: Charge this environment with an atmosphere that challenges the dualistic assumptions of art and non-art;

:: Foster a collective diversity of criticism that promotes experimentation, research, and affirmation of new creative thought, identity, and possibilities;

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Develop an inclusive group environment for the questioning, discussion, and exploration of the potential directions and fate of contemporary new media artists and their work for the near future;

:: Cultivate a symbiotic educational relationship among class participants which includes internal mentoring, bottom-up input, and collaborative materialization of work;

:: Initiate a collaborative and cooperative network among class participants for future creative endeavors outside the academic institution; and

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Provide utilitarian resources as survival tools for the continuation of future artmaking endeavors from this group network.

COURSE POLICIES
In order to meet course objectives the following requirements are critical to the attainment of an inclusive environment that is supportive to all participants:
Attendance
Attendance is mandatory.   3 unexcused absences constitutes the drop of 1 letter grade for the course (3 lates=1 absence. > 30 minutes late = absence). An unexcused absence from any critique or critique segment ( in the case of 2 session critiques) will constitute the immediate drop of 1 letter grade for the course. Non-attendance at final critique/project presentation results in failing grade (F) for the course.

Participation
Active and supportive participation in all project critiques, discussions, and presentations will be expected from all group members.

Quality of Work
All creative work under consideration for critique or discussion under this course should be of a completed/finished quality that warrants the attention and respect of your cohorts. No excuses, or explanations.

GRADING
Work will be graded on the basis of fulfillment of course requirements combined with an assessment of assigned work. This assessment will be weighed in terms of degree of effort, creativity, and individual growth through the session. Grades will be assigned according to the University Policy as follows:
A superior/excellent
B good/better than average
C competent/average
D minimum passing
F failing