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Digital Media Culture / Digitaalinen mediakulttuuri (KDVCL01)

Helsinki Metropolia University of Applied Science (Vanhankaupunki Campus)

13.11.2008 - 03.04.2009

This lecture series will explore how artists, activists, corporations and non-profit organisations use/have used online and digital networks to encourage people to actively participate in collective action, and in particular, in the world around them. In other-words, to get offline and relate to ones environment, with people who you share space, time and energy with.

12 sessions of theory and case-examples, short discussion exercises, screenings of lecture or documentation clips will contribute ideas to the process. Students will learn about the breadth of contemporary digital media forms (video, audio, text, syndication, internet, games, communications, virtual environments, intellectual property issues, networks, peer production), their features good and bad, where they developed from historically, their politics, economics, and labour issues.

The self-identified 'Imaginary platform' project by each student will consider how they might employ these forms to encourage and inspire others to get involved in activity beyond themselves. An historical awarenesss of how such might have been achieved at other times in media/communication history is to be included. Note, this is a concept development text/presentation, not production, assignment.

As a practicing artist-organiser, teacher Andrew Paterson will lead the learning process, including recent experiences and stories.

Teaching and content will be in English. Conversational exercises can be enacted in Finnish & reported back in English. Diary and presentation to be made in English.



Assessment Materials

This course is worth 5 ECTS. Assessment and Pass in this course is based on:

  • 80% attendance (Dont miss >3 sessions!)
  • Participation in the dialogical exercises
  • Lecture/concept development diary
  • 10 min spoken presentation to group


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