[artinfo] First MA in > MEDIA ART HISTORIES <

Oliver Grau oliver.grau at donau-uni.ac.at
Wed Feb 22 23:45:21 CET 2006

2006/07 Program

Danube University's Department for Applied 
Cultural Studies, Center for Image Science is now 
accepting applications for the 2006/07 class of 
their MA Program in MediaArtHistories starting 
november. This two year low-residency degree 
provides students with deeper understanding of 
the most important developments of contemporary 
art through a network of renowned international 
theorists, artists and curators like Steve DIETZ, 
Erkki HUHTAMO, Lev MANOVICH, Christiane PAUL, 
Paul SERMON, Oliver GRAU, Gregor LECHNER, Jens HAUSER and many others.

Artists and programers give new insights into the 
latest and most controversal software, interface 
developments and their interdisciplinary and 
intercultural praxis. Keywords are: Strategies of 
Interaction & Interface Design, Social Software, 
Immersion & Emotion, Artistic Invention.

Using online databases and other modern aids, 
knowledge of computer animation, net art, 
interactive, telematic and genetic art as well as 
the most recent reflections on bio & nano art, 
CAVE installations, augmented reality and locative media are introduced.

Historical derivations that go far back into art 
and media history are tied in intriguing ways to 
digital art.  Key approaches and methods from 
Image Science, Media Archaeology and the History 
of Science & Technology will be discussed. Media 
Art History offers a basis for understanding 
evolutionary history of audiovisual media, from 
the Laterna Magica to the Panorama, 
Phantasmagoria, Film, and the Virtual Art of recent decades.

The MA MediaArtHistories is located in the the 
Center for Image Science, housed in a 14th 
century Monastary, which holds also the historic 
G*ttweig collection, with more than 30.000 
original graphics, etchings, prints etc., dating 
from the Renaissance and Baroque era until today. 
It contains works of various German, Italian, 
Dutch, French and British artists (from D*rer to 
). This allowes contextualization of the 
latest media art in its art and image history and 
the courses to work directly with originals - 
from book illustration to photography to the most contemporary media art.

MediaArtHistories MA is also based on the 
international praxis and expertise in Curation, 
Collecting, Preserving and Archiving and 
Researching in the Media Arts. What are, for 
example, the conditions necessary for a wider 
consideration of media art works and of new media 
in these collectionsof the international 
contemporary art scene? And in which way can new 
Databases and other scientific tools of 
structuring and visualizing data provide new 
contexts and enhance our understanding of semantics?

   =>  www.donau-uni.ac.at/mediaarthistories

DANUBE UNIVERSITY  --  located in the UNESCO world heritage WACHAU
Danube University Krems is the first public 
university in Europe which specializes in 
advanced continuing education offering 
low-residency degree programs for working 
professionals and lifelong learners. The MA 
MediaArtHistories is located in the the Center 
for Image Science, housed in a 14th century 
Monastary, remodeled to fit the needs of modern 
research in singular surroundings. Krems is a 
traditional educational town - with 30 schools 
and high schools attended by more than 10,000 
students. Therefore, Krems’ environment is richly 
furnished with restaurants, hotels, guest-houses 
and students’ hostels, as well as leisure-time 
and cultural facilities. The idyllic environment 
of the Wachau, which belongs to UNESCO world 
heritage, its exquisite wines and numerous sports 
facilities, contribute to the quality of life of 
students at the Danube University Krems.

The Center offers  long term preservation and 
growth of the Database of Virtual Art. As pioneer 
in the field, the Database of Virtual Art has 
been documenting the rapidly evolving field of 
digital installation art since 1999, supported by 
Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft. The 
research-oriented, complex overview of immersive, 
interactive, telematic and genetic art has been 
developed in cooperation with renowned media 
artists, researchers and institutions.
    => www.virtualart.at
The Database of Virtual Art and Leonardo/ISAST 
and the Banff New Media Institute collaborated to 
produce the first international art history 
conference covering art and new media, art and 
technology, art-science interaction, and the 
history of media as pertinent to contemporary 
art. In late September, more than 200 new media 
practitioners from around the world gathered at 
Banff New Media Institute (BNMI) for 
Refresh!  The complete conference is available as a Webcast at:
    => http://www.mediaarthistory.org/navbar-links/refresh/origprogram.html

The DigitalizationCenter is equipped with an 
ultra-modern multifunctional digital reproduction 
system for digitizing works of art, graphics, 
maps and similar originals. The highest 
resolution combined with fast scan speeds and the 
possibility of serial image processing enable a 
cost effective workflow. The workstation is used 
for the digitalization of the 
G*ttweig  collection of engravings  and other 
collections, as well as for teaching purposes. 
New Digitalisation Center for Cultural Studies 
planed - further information available soon.

::  OTHER COURSES: Starting Autumn 06
           --> Certified Expert „Visual Competencies“, 1 Semester
           --> Certified Expert „Digital Asset Management“, 1 Semester
           --> Certified Expert „Iconography“, 2 Semester
           --> Certified Expert „Photography“, 2 Semester
           --> Certified Expert “Exhibition Design and Management”, 1 Semester
           --> Certified Expert „Scientific Visualization“, 2 Module
        => http://www.donau-uni.ac.at/zbw

The MediaArtHistories program in Krems is unique 
in that it actively seeks to assemble a diverse 
group of students and welcomes applications from 
Europe, Asia, Africa, North and South America.
Space is limited, so please apply as soon as 
possible. Additional information is available on the programs website:

If you would like an information pack, or if you 
have any questions, please contact in the first 
the office at the Center for Image Science, 
Danube University Krems, Dr.-Karl-Dorrek-Str. 30, 
3500 Krems. Email: petra.gratzl at donau-uni.ac.at

If you have further queries about specific 
contents of the program, please contact Mag. 
Jeanna Nikolov jeanna.nikolov at donau-uni.ac.at or 
program director Prof. Dr. Oliver Grau 
oliver.grau at donau-uni.ac.at (Head Department for 
Applied Cultural Studies and Center for Image Science)

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