Media Arts is a multidisciplinary area of scholarship intended to foster experimental creative practices in the visual, literary, and performing arts, which can influence future relationships between technology and culture. As members of a community committed to innovation and invention, we believe in the power of technology-infused art practices to inspire large-scale social transformations. Media Arts faculty are both creative practitioners and critical scholars of media arts, who explore the far-reaching implications of innovation. We don’t just make media; we provide critical lenses through which to make and understand media. This work is invaluable in contemporary society, where the social and cultural implications of new media forms—for public discourse, environmental awareness, economic equality, and racial justice—are continually expanding.
“'Media art' refers to artworks that depend on a technological component to function. The term 'media' applies to any communication device used to transmit and store information. By incorporating emerging technologies into their artworks, artists using new media are constantly redefining the traditional categories of art (“Media Art: History, Installation, and Conservation," virtualmuseum.ca)”
Bringing LMC Together
Media Arts incorporates and strengthens a broad range of existing arts-related research and education in LMC, in areas such as creative writing, film, game design, interaction design, music, performance, poetry, theatre, and visual art. Moreover, Media Arts complements emerging areas of focus within LMC, such as Black Media Studies and Social Justice.
In summary, Media Arts draws together myriad elements of creative practice from across LMC, IAC, Georgia Tech, and Atlanta in order to foster compelling new research trajectories, build a healthy and vital arts community, and prepare students for a broad range of creative endeavors as media art makers, innovators, critics, and producers.
Centers and Labs
Our Centers and Labs give students hands-on experience in a variety of subjects including science fiction, VR and AR technologies, film, hip hop studies, design, social justice, and more.