Media archaeology

A.Y. 2021/2022
9
Max ECTS
60
Overall hours
SSD
L-ART/06
Language
Italian
Learning objectives
The course aims to provide the students with a general knowledge of the conceptual framework and the critical and theoretical tools of media archaeology, characterized by an interdisciplinary methodology that combines philosophy and critical theory with anthropology, the theory and history of cinema and media, and the history of technology. Through the in-depth analysis of selected case studies, the goal of the course is to reframe past, contemporary or emerging media through an investigation of media and dispositives that anticipated them, as well as through an account of the genealogical processes and epistemic constructs that have informed their becoming. The course will particularly emphasise interrupted or dead-end paths, that have been neglected or overlooked from the institutional history of media, and will pay special attention to the complex set of bodily gestures and movements that are connected to media practices and interaction. Through an archaeological approach to media and dispositives, the course aims to offer to the students a critical contribution both to their studies in communication and media, and to their future activities in the professional fields of multimedia communication.
Expected learning outcomes
Knowledge and understanding:
The students will develop an awareness of the non-linear and discontinuous character of the history of media, becoming familiar with some of the methodologies proper to media archaeology. They will be able to identify connections between contemporary media and the media of the past, as well as to explain the relationship between the emergence of ideas and concepts in a certain historical epoch and the evolution of technologies and dispositives.

Ability to apply knowledge and understanding:
The course will enable the students to put into practice a set of tool to analyse the history of media phenomena and to critically discuss the dominant media trend in history through alternative genealogical trajectories. They will apply the acquired competences to tackle different types of sources for an archaeological investigation of media (literary texts, audio-visual materials, optical and technological dispositives). Relying upon the examination of the case studies, they will be able to apply the conceptual framework addressed by the course to a critical analysis of contemporary media culture. The notions and critical tools acquired will be employed by the students in the various professional fields of communication, especially by those concerned with the design, project and management of media processes.
Course syllabus and organization

Single session

Lesson period
First semester
More specific information for the academic year 2021/22 will be provided over the coming months, based on the evolution of the public health situation.
Course syllabus
SENSES OF CINEMA. ARCHAEOLOGY OF TOTAL CINEMA

UNIT A (20 h; 3 CFU): What is media archaelogy
UNIT B (20 h; 3 CFU): Total cinema
UNIT C (20 h; 3 CFU): Beyond audio-visual
Prerequisites for admission
No prior knowledge is required
Teaching methods
Lectures, discussions, analysis of artworks and devices, visual materials of contemporary digital culture, collective discussion.
Teaching Resources
Indicazioni bibliografiche

Programma d'esame per studenti frequentanti (6 CFU):

- Materiali per studenti frequentanti messi a disposizione nella sezione "Files" di Microsoft Teams accessibile con le credenziali @studenti.unimi.it a questo link (https://teams.microsoft.com/_#/school/files/Generale?threadId=19%3AHSyn…)
- Jussi Parikka, Archeologia dei media. Nuove prospettive per la storia e la teoria della comunicazione, Carocci, Roma, 2019 (282 p.).

Programma d'esame per studenti frequentanti (9 CFU):
- Materiali per studenti frequentanti messi a disposizione nella sezione "Files" di Microsoft Teams accessibile con le credenziali @studenti.unimi.it a questo link (https://teams.microsoft.com/_#/school/files/Generale?threadId=19%3AHSyn…)
- Jussi Parikka, Archeologia dei media. Nuove prospettive per la storia e la teoria della comunicazione, Carocci, Roma, 2019 (282 p.).
- Barbara Grespi, Il cinema come gesto. Incorporare le immagini, pensare il medium, Aracne, Roma, 2017, pp. 9-40 (31 p.).

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Programma d'esame per studenti non frequentanti (6 CFU):

- Materiali per studenti frequentanti messi a disposizione nella sezione "Files" di Microsoft Teams accessibile con le credenziali @studenti.unimi.it a questo link (https://teams.microsoft.com/_#/school/files/Generale?threadId=19%3AHSyn…)
- Jussi Parikka, Archeologia dei media. Nuove prospettive per la storia e la teoria della comunicazione, Carocci, Roma, 2019 (282 p.).
- Giuseppe Fidotta, Andrea Mariani, (a cura di), Archeologia dei media. Temporalità, materia, tecnologia, Meltemi, 2018: l'introduzione dei curatori "Dalla filosofia della storia del cinema all'archeologia", pp. 7-26 (21 p.) e i saggi Jussi Parikka, "Il nuovo Materialismo come teoria dei media: medianatura e il lato oscuro della materia", pp. 129-140 (12 p.); Wanda Strauven, "La prassi (rumorosa) dell'archeologia dei media", pp. 179-198 (19 p.).


Programma d'esame per studenti non frequentanti (9 CFU):

- Materiali per studenti frequentanti messi a disposizione nella sezione "Files" di Microsoft Teams accessibile con le credenziali @studenti.unimi.it a questo link (https://teams.microsoft.com/_#/school/files/Generale?threadId=19%3AHSyn…)
- Jussi Parikka, Archeologia dei media. Nuove prospettive per la storia e la teoria della comunicazione, Carocci, Roma, 2019 (282 p.).
- Giuseppe Fidotta, Andrea Mariani, (a cura di), Archeologia dei media. Temporalità, materia, tecnologia, Meltemi, 2018: l'introduzione dei curatori "Dalla filosofia della storia del cinema all'archeologia", pp. 7-26 (21 p.) e i saggi Jussi Parikka, "Il nuovo Materialismo come teoria dei media: medianatura e il lato oscuro della materia", pp. 129-140 (12 p.); Wanda Strauven, "La prassi (rumorosa) dell'archeologia dei media", pp. 179-198 (19 p.).
- Barbara Grespi, Il cinema come gesto. Incorporare le immagini, pensare il medium, Aracne, Roma, 2017, pp. 9-40 (31 p.).
- G. Grossi, La notte dei simulacri. Sogno, cinema, realtà virtuale, Johan and Levi, Milano, 2021 (197 p.).
Assessment methods and Criteria
Oral exam testing the knowledge of the texts in the syllabus and the acquired skills, with a particular focus on concepts and case studies. The evaluation corresponds to:
- knowledge level of the theoretical frameworks;
- ability to apply concepts to case studies;
- making judgments;
- ability to argue with conceptual and linguistic precision
Unita' didattica A
L-ART/06 - CINEMA, PHOTOGRAPHY AND TELEVISION - University credits: 3
Lessons: 20 hours
Unita' didattica B
L-ART/06 - CINEMA, PHOTOGRAPHY AND TELEVISION - University credits: 3
Lessons: 20 hours
Unita' didattica C
L-ART/06 - CINEMA, PHOTOGRAPHY AND TELEVISION - University credits: 3
Lessons: 20 hours
Professor: Grespi Barbara
Professor(s)
Reception:
Friday, h. 2am-4am
Teams (Please contact me to schedule an appointment)
Reception:
Tuesday 14-17, better with notice by e-mail. Last before Summer holiday: 27/7; restart: 17/8
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