ACV214 - Art and Technology


2020 unit information

Enrolment modes: Trimester 2: Burwood (Melbourne)
Trimester 3: Burwood (Melbourne)
Credit point(s): 1
EFTSL value: 0.125
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Study commitment

Students will on average spend 150-hours over the teaching period undertaking the teaching, learning and assessment activities for this unit.

Scheduled learning activities - campus

1 x 1-hour class per week, 1 x 1-hour seminar per week


This unit encourages students to investigate the interplay between art and technology by focusing on the way that old technologies reflect the ideas and values of the historical period in which they were invented-and therefore, new technologies reflect contemporary ideas and values. The structure of the unit is based on the notion that artists are detectives, ethnographers, explorers and test pilots, who are crucial to the development of emerging technology and their cultural implications. For example: the invention of the camera obscura (1400's) and the convex (or black) mirror (1700's) are tied to historical ideas about vision, depiction and notion of landscape painting. This relationship between the historical and cultural context is what assists students to explore contemporary art-production through historical and theoretical research, essay writing, creative work and collaborative projects. The aim is for students to understand these connections first-hand and enable them to develop critical skills and apply their creative capacities required for pursuing careers in the creative arts.

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