This course will give an overview of major theories of art and cyber culture, focusing on strategies for storytelling, identity formation, and social networking within digital media environments. The course will also introduce students to technological tools to carry out assignments within digital media environments. The course will thus enable students to think about the impact of digital media and cyber culture on psychological and aesthetic aspects of identity and storytelling. Students will be exposed to interdisciplinary approaches to art and cyber culture, including empirical studies of communication and ethnographic approaches from within the arts and humanities. They will express their ideas and exercises in popular formats such as photo-blogs, discussion boards, live diaries, web cams, or role-playing games.
Students in different fields of study have experienced digital media revolutions in their daily work practices while exploring new intellectual and technological paradigms. In this course, they will be exposed to theories of art and cyber culture to reflect on the impact of digital media on aspects of identity formation, social networking, storytelling, and popular culture. Whereas the course will be based in theoretical concepts and popular issues and debates in the field of cyber culture, the course also intends to teach students how to adopt critical and creative statements within the digital media environment. After taking this introductory course, students will be better prepared to reflect on cyber culture and select basic digital media programs to become participants.