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About the Minor

Digital Arts supports students in building a body of work spanning multi-media production, design, storytelling, sound, web and performance platforms, with access to new technology, equipment and facilities. The program also provides opportunities to connect with contemporary artists, designers, and professionals in relevant, emerging fields. Courses address issues of sustainability, accessibility, collaboration, embodiment, interactivity, identity and citizenship.

A Sampling of Courses

Robert Knight's Digital Arts class in the Kennedy Theatre & Arts Center at Hamilton College on Friday, September 16, 2016 in Clinton, NY.   (PHOTO BY NANCY L. FORD)

Photography Changes Everything

An interdisciplinary survey of the history of photography from its invention in the 19th century to the present day. We will explore photography not only as an art form, but as a medium that shapes knowledge, affects social relations, and influences visual culture at large. Students will learn about the technologies and social practices that have made photography ubiquitous, working with a range of photographic objects firsthand. Topics include family and vernacular photography; imperial photo albums; ethnographic portraits; photojournalism and the paparazzi; crime, war and surveillance photographs; advertising and fashion; digital filters; and the digital photograph as data.

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This course provides students with a historical and theoretical foundation for understanding how contemporary visual media informs, persuades, and shapes our experience. Our starting points will often be the types of images that surround us today: social media news feeds and advertisements, infographics, selfies, stock photos, and CAPTCHA tests. Students will engage with foundational texts in visual and media studies and develop tools to critically analyze, discuss, and write about the images that come to us through physical and virtual networks.

This course will serve as an introduction to digital technology in contemporary art making as it relates to interactivity, collaboration, and emerging practices. Emphasis will be placed on hands on experimentation and exploration across disciplines. We will cover installation art, web art, digital and time-based art, and immersive environments. Students will gain an overview of emerging digital practices, collaborative production strategies and correlations to social, aesthetic and theoretical issues. Other topics may include virtuality, performance, cyborgs, and network culture.

This class will survey and create emergent and non -linear forms of storytelling using digital and hybrid tools. We will examine notions of narrative authority and hybridity in a digital age and think through different ways we might use technology to distill, break apart or reify modes of communication and visual metaphor. Discussion will push boundaries of traditional storytelling and consider connectivity, liveness and embodied presence. This course will draw on multiple forms of expression including but not limited to digital media, performance, sound, XR, web and network environments.

This class will cover performance strategies in relationship to digital technology, ritual and the social. We will create collaborative and hybrid work at the intersection of performance, digital media and social practice and map out modes of ritual engagement within these intersections. We will explore "liveness" as a digital and/or embodied presence and survey contemporary hybrid performance work. Enrollment 16, No prerequisite.

How can digital tools help us understand print visual culture? This research lab-style seminar integrates humanistic inquiry with a collaborative research and project design process integral to STEM fields. Students will read cutting edge work on illustrated magazines including Life, Vogue, and National Geographic and explore digital humanities projects that offer new ways to explore histories of print media. Students will learn about the possibilities and limits of digital tools such as mapping, network visualizations, and text mining, and design their own projects utilizing digitized collections of illustrated magazines.

Meet Our Faculty

Nathan Goodale

Professor of Anthropology, Associate Dean of Faculty

ngoodale@hamilton.edu

complex hunter-gatherers in the interior Pacific Northwest; the forager/farmer transition in Southwest Asia; rural coastal adaptations in western Ireland

Nadya Bair

Assistant Professor of Art History

nbair@hamilton.edu

history of photography; modern and contemporary visual culture; media studies; digital humanities

Charlotte Botha

Assistant Professor of Music

cbotha@hamilton.edu

Choral repertoire and conducting; phonetic transcription of Afrikaans choral music; group vocal technique; choregie and interdisciplinary ensemble performance; text-painting in a cappella music; children’s choir composition; equity, diversity and inclusion in the choral literature canon

Amy Brener

Assistant Professor of Art

abrener@hamilton.edu

sculpture, drawing, and digital media

Ryan Carter

Assistant Professor of Music

rccarter@hamilton.edu

acoustic and electro-acoustic composition; post-tonal analysis; audio programming; algorithmic composition; mobile platform development of audio applications

video, performance, installation, photography, electronic media, and history and contemporary practices in each of those areas

Anna Huff Mercovich

Assistant Professor of Digital Arts

ahuff@hamilton.edu

hybrid and multimedia performance; sound; technology and interactivity; collaborative media and performance strategies

Robert Knight

Associate Professor of Art

rbknight@hamilton.edu

photography, history of photography, video capture and editing, Adobe premiere, art foundations curriculum, and 2D and 4D fundamentals

Explore Hamilton Stories

AI theatre

AI as Storyteller

The existential themes of love, death, and time were explored in the AI-scripted and human-performed musical production Channelers, an interdisciplinary art project funded by the Dietrich Inchworm Grant and headed by Assistant Professor of Digital Arts Anna Huff.

medieval map

Meshing Digital Arts and Medieval Maps

Fueled by a dual passion for production value and the Middle Ages, Ryan Mayhan ’22 created a project that successfully meshes his academic interests. It’s a video, aimed at a general audience, about how cartographers created ideological maps of the medieval mind.

Courtney Connerly ’22 video screenshot

Mixing the Creative & Digital into an Independent Concentration

Mix a passion for technology and design with a self-motivated student focused on crypto, NFTs, blockchain, and the metaverse, and you have the ingredients for a personalized concentration that combines art and computer science.

Contact

Department Name

Digital Arts Program

Contact Name

Nathan Goodale, Director

Office Location
198 College Hill Road
Clinton, NY 13323

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