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The University of Texas at Dallas School of Arts and Humanities Arts and Technology Summer 2005

The course will focus on current and historical developments in the arts and technology. Professor Dr. Thomas E. Linehan, Professor, Aesthetic Studies. Director of the Institute for Interactive Arts and Engineering. 972/883-4379 Office HRA 1.502, Building #18 on UTD Campus Map. Appointments scheduled through my assistant, Becky Gozolla 972/883-4376 Required Reading : The Civilization of Illiteracy Mihai Nadin 1997 884.5 pages Select Read Online Select a format (PDF) Download to your computer

Readings will be assigned for each class session. All readings will be available on-line. No required Text. Course Description Interdisciplinary Approaches to Arts and Technology is designed for graduate students in Arts and Technology as well as for students from the humanities, sciences and information technologies. The course investigates the interdisciplinary sources of the converging research that has an impact on the arts and technology. This particular section of the course will investigate the use of metaphors from one field as applied to the new and immerging area of art and technology. Course Requirements The following are subject to change at the discretion of the instructor. • • • Attendance with focused attention on the lectures, presentations and active participation in classroom discussions. (Excused absences are to be requested and will be granted in writing. Attendance is taken at each class session.) Timely completion of the required assigned readings and participation in the discussions relating to those readings. Submission of all assignments as directed during the class session in which they are due.

Oral report on a selected Master’s thesis (10 minute + Q&A.) The oral report and a two-page written summary should detail the following: - Statement of the research problem and methods employed for the study - Placement of the study in an historical and cultural context. (date, computer, etc.) - Statement of the solution/conclusion/summary/problem resolution, etc. - Project alternative solutions possible under current conditions. (Any change to the problem as viewed in 2005 as compared to the date of the original study?) An analytical paper (15 pages minimum) that identifies a researchable problem relevant to Arts and Technology. (Proposed topic to be submitted to professor no latter than June 16, 2005.) Drafts of the paper will be accepted anytime and returned with comments one week later. Final Paper due no later than 6:00 PM, July 14, 2005. The final paper should include the following: 1. Describe the problem with its confounding characteristics and qualities. 2. Identify prospective metaphors from other fields that might elucidate the problem under consideration. 3. Apply the metaphor to the problem and provide an analysis of its “fit” to selected aspects and/or the problem as a whole. ( e.g. areas of coverage – areas of noncoverage, partial fit, etc.) 4. Accept or reject the metaphor as useful in problem understanding, problem resolution or problem contextualization. Source Material Metaphor Metaphor in Scientific Thinking Grading Scale: 100 – 90 89 – 80 79 – 70 69 – 60 59 - 0 A B C D F

Calendar May 19 June 2 June 16 July 14 Course introduction Oral presentations on Master theses begin in class. Submit proposed topic for final paper in class. Final paper due at 6:00 PM.