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First International Master of Media.Art.Histories

The postgraduate programme MediaArtHistories, now open for applications, conveys the most important developments of contemporary art through a network of renowned international theorists, artists, curators and many others. MediaArtHistories MA is based on the international praxis and expertise in curation, collecting, preserving and archiving, and researching in the media arts. Artists and programmers give new insights into the latest and most controversial software, interface developments and their interdisciplinary and intercultural praxis.

With its new modular courses the Department for Image Science at the Danube University, the first public university in Europe which specializes in advanced continuing education offering low-residency degree programs for working professionals and lifelong learners, offers an educational program internationally unique. Students attend 2-week blocks twice a year. Without interrupting the career students have the opportunity to learn through direct, hands-on experience, social learning in small groups and contacts with labs and industry. They gain key qualifications for the contemporary art and media marketplace.

Historical derivations that go far back into art and media history are tied in intriguing ways to digital art. Important approaches and methods from Image Science, Media Archaeology and the History of Science & Technology will be discussed. 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 nano art, CAVE installations, augmented reality and wearables are introduced.

Module dates are 17-27 May, 24 November - 7 December 2008, 4-15 May and 2-12 November 2009.

Contact: Sabine Weber, MSc, Department for Image Science, Danube University, Dr.-Karl-Dorrek-Str. 30, A-3500 Krems, Austria; tel.: +43(0)2732 893-2569; e-mail: pg@sca.usyd.edu.au; www.donau-uni.ac.at/dis