Magic, Mysticism, and Digital Technology

3 credits

Throughout time artists have operated in the realm of healer/shaman, magician/mystic, and fool while teasing between technologies and offering visions into the unseen. In this course we will create performance works utilizing audio, digital video, and/or installation to spark the spiritual mind. Students will develop a comprehension of the term 'technoetics', and discuss readings from Erik Davis' book TechGnosis. The semester will consist of a series of meditations, short projects and performance exercises, culminating into one final work. We'll review works by Roy Ascott, Tabita Rezaire, La Pocha Nostra, Laurie Anderson, Meriem Bennani, Juliana Huxtable, Frederick Heyman, Sun Ra, and Troika Ranch among others and discuss ways we can make and hold these connections in our work.