2010-11 Catalog

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Offering Description

Art, New Media, and the Science of Perception

Fall and Winter quarters

Faculty: Richard Weiss mathematics, computer science, Naima Lowe media arts, media and film, experimental media

Fields of Study: computer science, mathematics, media studies, moving image, physics, psychology and visual arts

Fall: CRN (Credit) Level 10308 (16) Fr; 10310 (16) So - Sr  

Winter: Enrollment Accepting New Students  CRN (Credit) Level 20217 (16) Fr; 20218 (16) So - Sr; 20365 (1-16)  Signature Required This program will accept new enrollment, with signature. Students should have a background in either video or computer science/technology. Interested students should contact the faculty or meet with them at the Academic Fair December 1, 2010.  

Credits: 16(F); 16(W)

Class Standing: Freshmen - Senior; 25% of the seats are reserved for freshmenFreshmen - Senior

Offered During: Day


What is an image? How do we form them? What factors influence our perception of images? How are the history and practices of New Media related to social and cultural phenomena surrounding robotics, cybernetics, and networked culture? Cybernetics and reproducible images emerged almost simultaneously in the Western world and became markers of the post-modern era. The result was a rich interaction that developed between art, video and photography, robotics and image processing. The culture and history of New Media, visual perception and cognitive science will form the landscape for our explorations.

In this program, we will investigate how images are formed and how we perceive them, as well as the theoretical underpinnings of reproducible images and the history of New Media. Both cultural and technological aspects will guide our examination of the entire sequence of events from how images are produced in a camera to how we perceive and react to images as informed by both our personal and social experiences. We will explore digital and non-digital images and image processing, as well as the cognitive science of how our eyes and brain process patterns of light.

In the fall, we will study the concepts of editing, video production and photography, as well as the influences of culture and technology on art, printed media and electronic media in the age of the Internet. Robotics and image processing will lead us to geometric optics and color. Students will learn how to work with digital and non-digital images, image reproduction, the pinhole camera model, lenses, filtering images, and programming a simple mobile robot to take pictures.

In winter, we will continue to develop and expand much of the work we started in the fall. We will expand our view of robotics to include more general, computer processor-based interactive art and the cognitive science of visual perception. Winter quarter will culminate in public presentations of student projects that integrate our studies.

Maximum Enrollment: 48

Required Fees: Fall/Winter $50 each quarter for entrance fees and supplies.

Preparatory for studies or careers in: video production, media arts, computer science, mathematics, and cognitive science.

Campus Location: Olympia

Online Learning: Enhanced Online Learning

Books: www.tescbookstore.com

Program Revisions

Date Revision
November 29th, 2010 Fees updated.