Oliver Grau oliver.grau at donau-uni.ac.at
Fri Oct 13 00:08:27 CEST 2006


The Center for Image Science at the Danube University Krems is 
pleased to announce three scholarships
covering half-tuition for the new Master of Arts course 
MediaArtHistories. Applications for the following
scholarships are being accepted until October 23rd, 2006.

:: UNESCO World Heritage Preservation Scholarship

:: Rudolf-Arnheim-Media-Art-History Scholarship

:: Interface Design and Future Applications Scholarship

Potential applicants should have, in addition to commitment in 
enrolment for the 2 year Master of Arts course,
enthusiasm for the scholarship's theme and an interest in the further 
development of research in the theme
for which they apply. Selected applicants will be required to 
complete research on their scholarship theme,
possibly, but not limited to: focus of master's thesis on theme, 
realization of internship or project related to
theme, or a similar research method agreed upon between the student 
and course leader.

:: UNESCO World Heritage Preservation Scholarship
The UNESCO World Heritage Preservation Scholarship supports further 
research in preservation of media art
and its histories through the example set by UNESCO's World Heritage 
initiative. Successful applicants should
be committed to issues in documenting and preserving all forms of 
international media art, from a theoretical
or practical approach.

:: Rudolf-Arnheim-Media-Art-History Scholarship
Rudolf Arnheim himself expressed the motto of this scholarship in 
2000 better than anyone else: "The technology
of the modern media has produced new possibilities of interaction... 
What is needed is a wider view encompassing
the coming rewards in the context of the treasures left us by the 
past experiences, possessions, and insights."
The successful applicant proposes a Master Theses or a Project 
related to Arnheim's plea.

:: Interface Design and Future Applications Scholarship
This scholarship supports applicants interested in research within 
the field of Interface Design. Approaches are
considered focusing on conceptual and aesthetic aspects possibly 
connected with the phenomena
of interaction as it relates to media art and its histories.


Awarding of a scholarship is dependent on acceptance and enrolment in 
the MA course.

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 mid-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, Edward Shanken, Gregor 
LECHNER, Jens HAUSER and many others.

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

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