Screen Studies (M.A.)

  


“The explosion of printed material after the fifteenth century fundamentally changed scholarship … [w]e are currently in the midst of another such transformation, one that will give us nearly instantaneous access to the contents of the world’s great libraries and archives, will radically democratize knowledge production, and will force us to think of machines as part of our audience - William J. Turkel


Vision

Screen based media and the algorithms driving them are as significant a game changer as the invention of the printing press and photography in the 15th and 19th centuries. The course in Screen Studies enables students to develop a critical perspective on contemporary screen culture through Srishti’s distinctive approach to practice based learning.

In the current technological times, a period of rapid transformation in society, art and culture, artists, media practitioners, designers and theorists are grappling with digitization, ubiquity of screens interfacing daily life, emergent media forms related to the ‘computational turn’ and convergences between traditional screen-based media – film, television, video, and photography. When screens are today’s pervasive media, how we read, interact and communicate through them is fundamental to the practice of literacy and artistic expression in the 21st century. The Screen Studies program at Srishti provides a theoretical, and art and design framework within which students can develop a set of critical making and thinking skills in the context of the current digital era and the multiple screens – mobile, web, tablet and so forth – that are worn on the body, encountered in public spaces and installed in homes and workplaces.



Image Credit: Chinar Shah

Learning Approach

This program combines theoretical and practice-based investigation of contemporary and future screen-based media and culture. Screen Studies at Srishti positions students as critical thinkers and practitioners, encouraging theory and practice to be seen in terms of their interdependencies. Students draw from and/or integrate the domains of theory and practice in accordance with their research inquiries and skill sets which they wish to develop in the Screen Studies context. Humanities and design methodologies will inform studio learning, seminars and workshops, and in turn be incorporated into the exploration of existing and next generation screen-based media through writing, internships and project work.



Capabilities

  • Understanding of how emerging technologies are shaping societies, human habits and behaviour, art and design practices.
  • Historically contextualize software functions and creation, and understand society, culture and politics in the age of the algorithm.
  • Understand the history, politics and future of the image.
  • Develop research methods in field practice to understand screen use in local settings.
  • Use digital tools and platforms to produce, research, remix, play with and disseminate media content. 
  • Generate critical insights through tinkering with technology – analogue and digital.
  • Formulate a research question applicable to a written or practice-based capstone project.



Course Structure

  • Studios provide intense learning experiences and enable discourse through making and thinking. It is envisioned as a creative space for experimenting, synthesizing knowledge and practices through immersive engagement, intuition, contextual learning, design processes and creative methodologies. The Studio is a space for investigating a particular idea, topic, praxis, etc. by discussion and /or dialogue, and may also involve crits, pin-ups, presentations, etc. of either works-in-progress or completed works for feedback. It will be a core practice space where students will draw from their learning and critical thought from individual seminar-studios here for a more enriched understanding and experience.
  • Seminar-Studios are set up to fully explore different learning potentials offered by the humanities and design. The Seminar-Studio is a core learning and investigating space, where text-based scholarship and research practices will be mobilized and reoriented toward an active and experiential engagement with contemporary concerns.
  • Workshops provide a platform for debate and emergence, through a dialogue between material making and critical thinking. This 2-week engagement in each semester allows students to formulate independent responses to ideas and processes, material and immaterial.
  • Summer Practice with an organization, a center or a lab at Srishti or a self-initiated project, is an integral part of learning, and demonstrating students' abilities to integrate and synthesize in a field, context or environment. Students will engage in a practice during the summer after their first year of the course that will lead to developing their focus area for capstone or dissertation.
  • Interlude is a one-month student-led interdisciplinary space that encourages engagement with contemporary issues facing change-makers today. Postgraduate students across schools at Srishti will work collaboratively to conceptualize an experiment, idea, or engage with a meme, through critical and creative practices. The work will culminate in a symposium or conference, and exhibition, or public engagement or demonstration.
  • Dissertation or Capstone Project in the final semester is the synthesis and demonstration of capabilities to see the world in new ways, and study human cultures through its creative practices. This semester will be structured by praxis, dialogue and seminars.


Opportunities

  • Screen-based art practice (internet art, 'post-photography', short-form film and video art, interactive installation, i-Doc and new forms of digital storytelling)
  • Museum, gallery and festival curation across the visual and media arts
  • Creative and technology sector research
  • Art and screen media criticism
  • Collaborative research and practice in the area of screen culture and practices
  • Funded and/or doctoral research



Enquiries

For further information, kindly email Aileen Blaney at aileen.blaney@srishti.ac.in



Disciplinary Intersections


Research and Collaboration

In addition to the Centers and Labs at Srishti, students have the opportunity to work on active research projects led by SNHD faculty.


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