Media Arts

Overview

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.

Projects

Blurb / Gallery Set

HipHop2020 is an interactive, hip-hop-inspired digital archive that guides users through a series of “storied spaces” representative of hip hop’s cultural impact, its transglobal sociopolitical influence, its canonical contributions to Black media studies, and its pedagogical sensibilities in K-12, post-secondary humanities instruction.

Digital Deliberation contributes to the development of the Reflect! platform which allows the management and guidance of large numbers of student teams that work over the course of a semester on a “wicked problem” such as facial recognition technologies in public places, robotic caregivers, artificial intelligence in the workplace, AI-based learning technologies, and micro-targeting in social media. 

Screening Publics is a public art project in collaboration with Cousins, a real estate development company in Atlanta. Cousins’s property 725 Ponce is an eight-story building adjacent to the Eastside Beltline Trail, and it will be the site of a new outdoor screening series that LMC Associate Professor Greg Zinman will curate starting in Fall 2022.

We examined the integration of VR into informal and less-structured learning environments in Atlanta (USA) and Mumbai (India) through a process of co-design, co-creation, and co-learning with students and teachers where students learned to use VR to engage with their economic, social, and cultural realities.

Working from research in craft-based HCI and textual analysis, and applying a lens of feminist data visualization, Patchwork Poetics is an online interactive tool that facilitates the learning process by teaching students to abstract meter, rhyme, assonance, and other sonic elements of a poem into color, shape, orientation, and other design elements of a quilt.

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.