HART3310 Art and Games: from Dada to Data

6 points
Not available in 2020UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 3 option in the History of Art major sequence
  • The area of knowledge for this unit is Design and Creative Arts
  • Category B broadening unit for students
  • Level 3 elective
This unit traces the influence of games on art and artists from early twentieth-century Dada to twenty-first century data technologies. Particular attention is devoted to the role games have played in art as counter-cultural systems; the way games have been appropriated and created in art and the way they have been used by artists as accessible vehicles for the articulation of wider social, political and cultural issues. The unit provides students with the essential tools for engaging with, researching and recognising alternative art histories to the dominant narratives. It gives students an awareness of the key debates surrounding the intersection of art and games. The current influence of games on art is located within wider art historical contexts, enabling students to better understand social, political and ideological shifts that have led to today. Students also develop the general ability to conduct independent research in novel areas and an ability to think creatively and clearly and construct and express new ideas and arguments.
Students are able to (1) identify and understand a diverse range of texts, ideas and art forms from the early days of Modernism through to the Digital era; (2) comprehensibly articulate knowledge specific to the field in both written and spoken form and apply such knowledge to the analysis of art; (3) integrate visual and aesthetic analysis of artworks into historical and theoretical arguments; (4) discern the intersecting theoretical approaches that converge upon the combination of art and the ludic; (5) make a clear and logical argument with theoretical underpinning and critical evaluation of the literature; and (6) make substantial connections between digital art and the broader cultural milieu.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) short essay; (2) research essay; and (3) seminar presentation. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit except in the case of a bachelor's pass degree student who has obtained a mark of 45 to 49 overall and is currently enrolled in this unit, and it is the only remaining unit that the student must pass in order to complete their course.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Christina Chau
Unit rules
at least one Level 2 unit from the History of Art major sequence
VISA2210 Art and Games: from Dada to Data, VISA3310 Art and Games: from Dada to Data
Contact hours
lectures: 2 hours per week; tutorials: 1 hour per week
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