The Perry and Marty Granoff Center for the Creative Arts advances innovative directions for research, teaching, and production across the boundaries of individual arts disciplines and among artists, scientists, and scholars.
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Advanced Digital Language Arts - John Cayley (Literary Arts)
An advanced experimental workshop in writing for digital media. Students should have some experience of working with computer-based authoring tools for generating content. Writing for digital media is taken to mean any writing for which electronic supports are vital: to its literary aesthetic, to its cultural viability as (potential) literary art. The primary aim of the course is to produce a work of writing in digital media, but associated readings and discussion will draw out the problems associated with this contemporary challenge to traditional practices.
Advanced Studio Composition - Jim Moses (Music)
This course will focus on developing and reinforcing technical skills, musical concepts, and critical listening abilities associated with the practice of composition in an electronic music studio. These studies will be tied to a broad range of aesthetic approaches and discussions of sound synthesis and manipulation, spatialization, and recording techniques. Through a series of projects and focused study, students will expand their knowledge and craft, and will provide each other with a forum for exploring their creative studio work.
Artists and Scientists as Partners - Julie Strandberg (Theater Arts and Performance Studies)
This course is the result of a research project and will include reviewing research on the arts and neurological disorders and reviewing scientific research on Parkinson's Disease and Autism. Course work will also include field trips, guest lectures, workshops, practicums, and final projects.
CAVE Writing - John Cayley (Literary Arts)
An advanced experimental workshop for writing in immersive 3D - at the cutting edge of new media - introducing text, sound, spatial poetics, and narrative movement into Brown's "Cave" at its Center for Computation and Visualization. An easy-to-learn and easy-to-use application allows non-programmers to create projects on their laptops and then to run them in the Cave without the necessity for specialist support. Broadly interdisciplinary, the course encourages collaboration between students with different skills in different media, who work together to discover a literary aesthetic in artificially rendered space.
Circuit Bending - John Ferguson (Music)
Creative experimentation with hardware electronics and re-appropriated technologies is the main focus of this course. No prior experience of electronics is required. Initially, we will build a range of simple electronic circuits and explore a variety of strategies to animate and interpret pre-existing electronic devices. Students will then develop individual instruments and/or performance environments and engage in a number of solo and collaborative projects. The aesthetics of handmade electronic music and post-digital performance practice will be foregrounded throughout.
Communicating Science through Visual Media - John Stein (Neuroscience), Steve Subotnick (RISD Animation)
Taught by RISD and Brown Professors with the Science Center and the Creative Mind Initiative, this course explores the pedagogy of using visual media to convey scientific concepts. The goal is to assess the quality of existing material & design new material that fills an educational need & makes science engaging and accessible. It is comprised of lectures, labs, screenings, discussions, critiques and guest speakers. Student teams collaborate on a series of short exercises, leading to the creation of final videos/animations that explain scientific concepts.
Computers and Music - Todd Winkler (Music)
An introduction to the field of computer music, focusing on the use of electronics and computers in music and performance. Investigates basic acoustics, perception of sound, the history of music technology, and musical applications. Extensive listening assignments illustrate the impact of technology on popular and experimental genres.
Explorations in Video Art - Ed Osborn (Visual Art)
This studio course provides an overview of contemporary video art and video installation practices, facilitates the development of video work in expanded space, and encourages a critical approach to interactive moving image practice. Students will develop a set of video installation pieces by working individually and in groups. The pieces will be developed for particular spaces and situations beyond the standard single-screen video format. Students will learn basic video production and post-production skills using Final Cut Pro, DVD Studio Pro, Jitter, and other tools as needed. The production work will be complimented by technical lectures and demos, readings and discussions, short assignments, and screenings.
Future Lives - Peter Bussigel, Granoff Center Artist-in-Residence (Music)
An interdisciplinary production course in making speculative art—pieces, systems, and performances that push the limits of possibility. We explore how myth and technology have shaped our current views and work to produce new myths and new technologies for navigating the future. Drawing from speculative fiction in writing, theater, film, music, games, and new media, we make (and fake) speculative fictions of our own. Projects take many forms: musical robots, network ensembles, digital gardens, living rooms, automated companies, virtual worlds, and non-technical performances are all possible outputs.
Introduction to Modern Culture and Media - Philip Rosen (Modern Culture and Media)
An introduction to critical theory, cultural studies, and media analysis that addresses print, photography, film, television, and digital media. We will examine these media in relationship to influential theoretical approaches such as structuralism and post-structuralism, ideological analysis and psychoanalysis, feminist and queer theory, critical race theory and theories of post-colonialism and globality, and media and technology studies.
Old Media, New Artists - Radiclani Clytus (English)
What are the defining characteristics of newness in twentieth-century African American culture? How have black creative artists repurposed their respective disciplines in accordance with and against the shifting proclivities of African American social politics? Through an interdisciplinary focus that considers music, literature, visual arts, and interactive media, this seminar proposes several alternative epistemological frameworks for recognizing the emerging artistry of our time.
Stage Lighting - Tim Hett (Theater Arts and Performance Studies
This introduction to stage lighting course is designed so that students can understand the role of light design for the theater, the practical aspects of light design (instrumentation, plotting, paperwork, sections, and research), and effective communication with directors and members of a theatrical production team.
Writers on Writing - Cole Swensen (Literary Arts)
Offers students an introduction to the study of literature (including works from more than one genre) with special attention given to a writer's way of reading. This course will include visits to the course by contemporary writers, who will read to the class and talk about their work.