Something happened that reminded me why I love art/am interested in museum education.
The picture above is one of R’s essay prompts for Design|Media Arts at UCLA. He sent it to me asking for interpretation because it’s muddled/not particularly accessible. I went on a Googling craze and my brain simultaneously felt inspired and like exploding. My chest got all poundy. I was reminded why I have a love/hate relationship with art theory.
I just wanted to share my interpretation because it makes me feel…I don’t know. This post is more for me than for people who follow this blog, but if you’re interested in it, you should strike up a conversation because WOW I NEED TO TALK TO SOMEONE ABOUT THIS.
"1. The first paragraph I wrote is me trying to figure out what this is asking b/c I wasn’t familiar with all the terms but I found this powerpoint and am using it as reference http://classes.dma.ucla.edu/Winter14/8/pdf-lectures/Media%20Histories%20W14%20w9.pdf (I’m assuming this is from your class this quarter)
If you want you can just skim the first paragraph i wrote (it basically reiterates everything) and skip ahead to the second one (which simplifies everything)
Talk about the differences between the 3rd (TV) and 4th (digital media) wave (in the way you’ve been discussing them in class etc.). How does televisuallity (things suitable for or produced on tv) influence social categories and aesthetic categories? In other words, how does it influence distinct social groups and how does it influence different types of aesthetics? How has TV been influenced by modernism, how does TV contribute to post-modernism, and how does TV predict/look ahead to/anticipate “unimodernism” (from my interpretation, unimodernism is the integration of different aspects of modernism into a different form because of the multiple uses of computers: ex/ you can listen to an opera on your computer, it no longer requires going to an actual opera). How are digital networks (newer, faster, more efficient) similar to broadcast networks (analog, older, slower, more reliable)? (Maybe think about content with this one? What do they share?) How does the computer function as a culture machine mean how have computers influenced culture, daily life, etc? How does the computer go beyond its basic function (to provide services) and influence culture (think about how computers have changed the way people interact, the things people do before they sleep, people’s standards for their lives, people’s artistic inspiration)
That’s a lot of content. Basically: You’re comparing and contrasting the 3rd wave (television) and 4th wave (digital media). You’re talking about how the content produced on TV influences social categories and aesthetic categories. You’re talking about how TV takes elements from modernism and contributes to post-modernism (art movement in late 20th century incorporating skepticism of modernism), and anticipates unimodernism (the future of media basically). You’re comparing and contrasting digital and broadcast networks (think about MANY different elements). You’re talking about how the computer influences culture.”
I feel lots of emotions. Mostly: sometimes I get upset that art theory is so inaccessible/seems to be intended mostly for academics. I think my inner teacher wants to figure out a way to explain this to really young kids. I don’t know if I could. What does that mean?