Projects in Analog (and Chemical) Media

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Intrigued by the non-digital "world of yesteryear"? Tempted by the gizmos you discover at flea markets or in family basements? I modified the title of this class because 16mm film isn’t actually analog.  (That’s the chemical part). So, VCRs, audiocassettes, record players, amplifiers, megaphones and 16mm film are all available tools for your projects in this open-level course. If you don’t know how to use these tools, we will learn them together. If you do know how to use them, then we’ll integrate advanced-level projects into the fabric of our pedagogy. Students will be expected to engage in individual and collaborative practice and work outside of their comfort zones. Making, reading, writing, research, viewing and conversing are all essential components of our work together in this new course. It will prove to be an exploratory, experimental adventure.

Course Code: FA 272

  • Founded by inventor, industrialist and philanthropist Peter Cooper in 1859, The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art offers education in art, architecture and engineering, as well as courses in the humanities and social sciences.

  • “My feelings, my desires, my hopes, embrace humanity throughout the world,” Peter Cooper proclaimed in a speech in 1853. He looked forward to a time when, “knowledge shall cover the earth as waters cover the great deep.”

  • From its beginnings, Cooper Union was a unique institution, dedicated to founder Peter Cooper's proposition that education is the key not only to personal prosperity but to civic virtue and harmony.

  • Peter Cooper wanted his graduates to acquire the technical mastery and entrepreneurial skills, enrich their intellects and spark their creativity, and develop a sense of social justice that would translate into action.