MDIA 300 F032: Media Thematic

This theme-based, interdisciplinary media course allows for varying degrees of concentration and hybridity in a variety of media practices, themes and genres. This is a revolving topics course in which individual and collaborative projects enable students to identify appropriate and preferred media practices, and synthesize these approaches using film, digital cinema, audio, on line, web-based, gallery-oriented, interactive, performative modalities and contexts. Thematic topics are offered regularly. Foundational media skills from previous semesters are the basis for innovative and creative risk-taking that embraces specific media processes and expands terrain between media disciplines. Students take concurrent courses that support advanced/ specialized technical/ conceptual proficiencies and explorations. Some of the project work is collaborative, developing students' multidisciplinary, team-working and project management skills. Students are expected to ensure that at least one of their third year core studio experiences involves a solo project. Students continue to refine their critical vocabulary, analytical and technical skills required for preparation for 4th year grad/ capstone year productions. Students will have regular critiques, and a tight timetable in which the projects must evolve from concept to completion. Core Media Thematic options may include: Drama Lab; Political + Social Engagement; Personal Narrative; Media Ontologies; Hybridities; Appropriation/ Mashups/ Pranks; Ecologies.

Each section of this course runs with a different topic. See here.

This course is subject to priority rules; see here.

Course content: 

Topic: Hybridities

Hybridity is a methodology of looking at the world in a dynamic and dialectical way that acknowledges the complex interdependent relationship of different forces. This interdisciplinary production course will encourage students to combine methods from various media practices and other art practices, to confront themes that arise from the tension between opposing forces, and to examine non-traditional dissemination methods for their works. Specific forms of hybridization explored include immersive spatialized experiences, site specific projects, the integration of live and mediated elements, collaborative generation, emergent genres, and generic mutations across disciplines. As we are working in a unique time, with traditional production methods of dramatic and documentary content being more difficult to follow, students will be encouraged to incorporate appropriated materials into work and the course will focus on media creation as a studio practice. Teaching methods include screenings, field trips, exercises, individual and collaborative projects, and assigned readings exploring a variety of critical, aesthetic, technical, and ethical issues that are concerned with hybridity. Students will have regular critiques, and a tight timetable in which the projects must evolve from concept to completion. Students continue to refine their critical vocabulary, analytical and technical skills required for preparation for 4th year grad productions.

Matilda Aslizadeh is a visual artist based in Vancouver, Canada. Her media installations are characterized by dense visual surfaces and unexpected juxtapositions drawn from a range of influences including early cinema, cartography and fashion. Deeply invested in exploring the critical potential of immersive spectacle, the ambivalent centrality of storytelling in human existence, and the fluid threshold between documentation and fictionalization, Aslizadeh’s work locates political thinking firmly within affective experience. 

Aslizadeh received a BFA from the University of British Columbia and an MFA from the University of California, San Diego.  Her work has been exhibited internationally in galleries and festivals, and has been the subject of several solo exhibitions including at AC Institute (New York), Foreman Art Gallery (Sherbrooke), Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery (Kitchener), Simon Fraser University Gallery (Burnaby), La Centrale Galerie Powerhouse (Montreal), SKOL Centre des Arts Actuels (Montreal), Or Gallery (Vancouver) and Artspeak (Vancouver).  Recent exhibitions include participation in Art Souterrain Contemporary Art Festival (Montreal) Contact Photography Festival (Toronto), and group shows at the Audain Museum (Whistler) and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Toronto.  

Aslizadeh also is a member of art/mamas: a collective of artist mothers that will be participating in PLOT, a community-based studio residency at Access Gallery in the Fall of 2021.


One of FMSA-200, FMSA-210,NMSA-200, or NMSA-210

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HYBRID course.
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Meeting Information: 
Date / Time Days Room Building
Sep 7-Dec 18
W D1375 MAIN
Sep 7-Dec 18
W D1387 MAIN
Sep 7-Dec 18
W D1400 MAIN
Sep 7-Dec 18
Nov 17-Nov 17
W B4115 MAIN