Monthly Archives: November 2011

art and posthumanism

Another of the KIAS-sponsored courses, Art and Posthumanism, was led by Dr. Maria Whiteman from the Department of Art and Design. The students in her seminar had the opportunity to examine the texts on posthumanism on a deeper level, as well as experiment with production of visual texts, as way to research into posthumanism. Of specific importance to this discourse are those distinctions that have been made between human and animal, flesh and technology, society and nature, and man and his other – divisions that have long defined and delimited the possibilities and responsibilities of human beings towards the rest of the world.

I popped by the course last month to listen in and to take some pictures of the students deep in discussion.


sound in the arts.

One of the KIAS-sponsored interdisciplinary course seminars, led by Scott Smallwood from the Department of Music, is coming to a close for the term. The course focused on the role of sound as its own medium in art, as well as the emergence of sound art as a new addition to the worlds of music, film, architecture, dance, and visual art in the last sixty years. The course was a research-intensive one (as all the KIAS courses are) and was interdisciplinary in its nature.

I stopped by to take some pictures of the class and to listen in on the interesting discussions taking place. Dr. Smallwood led a thought-provoking group of students and has definitely introduced a new area of interest to students at the U of A.