Interpretation of the Artifact in the Age of New Media


Spring 2015


2nd Floor Classroom


David Jaffee,

Kimon Keramidas

New media are changing the way we do research, write, and present information. This course will explore how the emergence of new media has affected the interpretation of objects. Students will interrogate such topics as the use of digital museum collections and other modes of databases; the development of virtual exhibitions and other forms of object interpretation; historical simulations and 3-D visualizations along with gaming; the use of 3-D scanning and printing technology to engage digitally with material culture; the emergence of mobile devices as platforms for extended or alternative museum experiences; the use of GPS and other mapping technologies for studies of cultural landscapes and tourism; and studies of how people learn in a digital environment. This course will examine interpretations of these developments by authors such as Manovich, Gitelman, and Bolter and Grusin, as well as recent scholarship by developers and museum professionals. The course will also include creative hands-on sessions where students will experiment with designing and prototyping relevant new media experiences, be expected to do hands-on work in the lab, and complete a final digital project based on their own interests. The course will take advantage of a lecture on new media in January 2015, a symposium on digital devices in exhibitions in April, and the work done for Focus Gallery exhibitions on Visualizing New York and the Interface Experience. 3 credits.