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Master of Media.Art.Histories at Danube University Krems

The postgraduate programme MediaArtHistories at the Department for Image Science of the Danube University Krems offers a two-year low residency course of study leading to an M.A. degree. It conveys the most important developments of contemporary art through a network of renowned international theorists, artists, curators 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 nano art, CAVE installations, augmented reality and wearables are introduced. 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.

The MediaArtHistories MA is based on the international praxis and expertise in curating, collecting, preserving and archiving, and researching in the Media Arts. What are the conditions necessary for a wider consideration of media art works and of new media in these collections of 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?

Applications for the next course start will be accepted until 1 May 2009 (rolling admissions).

Contact information: Andrea Haberson, Department for Image Science, Danube University Krems, Dr.-Karl-Dorrek-Str. 30, A-3500 Krems, Austria; tel.: +43(0)2732 893-2569; e-mail: andrea.haberson@donau-uni.ac.at; http://www.donau-uni.ac.at/dis