Fundamentals of 4D Forms - Time Based Media I

The American College of Greece

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Fundamentals of 4D Forms - Time Based Media I

  • Host University

    The American College of Greece

  • Location

    Athens, Greece

  • Area of Study

    Studio Art, Visual Arts

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • US Credits

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    New forms and concepts of art that use time as an artistic medium. Time-based practices in experimental performance, happenings, sound and text. Development of 4-dimensional art projects. Strategies for nonlinear experience and simultaneity. Experiential and performative aspect of time-based work.

    Cultural production today takes place in a wide array of forms that radically depart from traditional art disciplines and systems for evaluating them. Social, historical, and technological developments drive the creation of new forms of art that require new paradigms for experiencing and participating in the work. Time is the medium through which these new paradigms can be understood. This class will challenge students to understand the way new media and new forms of communication are transforming the form and content of contemporary art, and to take part in creating and discovering time-based projects relevant to our changing world.

    As a result of taking this course, the students should be able to:
    1. Analyze how changing technologies and societies develop the creation of new art forms.
    2. Apply techniques for creating performances.
    3. Experiment with techniques and methodologies for structuring images and other content in time.
    4. Examine the work of noted artists who have developed new art forms in 4-dimesional space.
    5. Formulate a language for the critical examination of time-based art.

    In congruence with the teaching and learning strategy of the College, the following tools are used:
    • Classes consist of lectures, demonstrations, and problem solving sessions, class critiques and discussions.
    • Studios: students are encouraged to use studio facilities for the completion and installation of their works.
    • Media labs: students use media labs for the completion of projects and portfolios
    • Gallery and Museum visits
    • Office hours: students are encouraged to make full use of the office hours of their instructor, where they can ask questions and go over lecture and reading material.
    • Blackboard site, where instructors post lecture notes, 
    assignment instructions, timely announcements, as well as additional resources.


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