Required Courses for SIM Majors Only

MPSM276, 376, 476 Studio for Interrelated Media Major Studio
Thursdays 1:30 – 6:30 pm All SIM Full time Faculty
This is a studio class in which individuals and groups present and discuss work in media of their choice such as audio, video, computer, performance, publishing, and production of events that interrelate media. Each week, student presentations of work are organized into performances, discussions, workshops, and exhibitions produced by students who select, schedule and technically support the presentation. This course repeats every semester and is required for all SIM Majors.  It is not available to non SIM Majors.

Every Semester SIM offers a variety of Open Electives that are open to any MassArt student from any department. 

SP20 Electives Open to All

MPSM-205 Stagecraft and Technical Production
Wed. 3-8:00pm.     Instructor: Azanow
This course aims to demystify basic lighting, rigging, sound and staging practices. Technical workshops will be conducted during class time where students work in teams to complete assignments. Demos and lectures also include site planning, power distribution, and safety in the workspace.

MPSM-207 Beat Research
Wed. 3:00-8:00pm.     Instructor: Flackett
This is a studio course in which students will produce work that is influenced by the cultures of hip-hop and electronic music. Students will learn the techniques of sampling, sequencing, and drum programming using current music-making software, including Reason and Ableton Live. Most assignments will involve the creation of music, but we will also go over the production of video and multimedia.

MPSM-216 Performance Art Fundamentals
Tues 8:00 -1:00pm      Instructor: Schaefer
In this class, students develop and deepen ways performance art fits into their practice. Through in-class exercises, student-led studio time, and personal research students investigate audience – performer relationships, site-specificity, working with extended duration, body awareness, risk management, personae work, delegated performance approaches, and documentation strategies. Approaching performance art through a visual arts lens, we investigate the history and contemporary climate around the medium’s inclusion and/or exclusion from institutional art contexts, public space, and artist-run initiatives.

MPSM-311 Electronic Project For Artists 2 – Programming
Mon 1:30-6:30pm      Instructor: Moser
This course introduces students to computer interfaces for connecting interactive sculpture, performance and installation with software. Course content includes micro-controllers, electrical sensors, custom-made circuits and programming. No previous programming experience is necessary. Pre-req MPSM337

MPSM-223 Embodied Ensemble Lab: Moving Sound/Moving Space
Wed 8:00am-1:00pm      Instructor: Buckholtz
This course is an opportunity For students to explore collaborative art-making practice while working closely with an Artist-in-Residence whose practice exemplifies an interdisciplinary approach with a specific focus on body movement and choreography.  The visiting artist will direct three distinct ensemble artworks that will be professionally presented and documented. Each ensemble section class meetings will be studio practice workshops that will directly result in final artworks. Ensemble 1 – Action Theater Improvisation and the Physical & Vocal Imagination in Ensemble: Physical and Vocal Warm-ups address somatic interdependence and the play of awareness. This module explores embodied practices that develop a greater capacity for connection and artistic expression, in both individual and communal experience. Focus is on specific skills related to timing, space, dynamics, feeling, and being fully present to the moment. Participants perform structured improvisations which culminate in a final presentation.  Ensemble 2 – Speaker Cluster Traveling Ensemble: Development of a series of interactive movement and sound scores that interface with a chosen site. Issues of listening and the artistic process (how we listen and what we listen to, how we speak and what we speak to/for) are examined as components of expanding communication. Field trips to designated sites are included in order to perform these interactive sound experiments. Instruction includes physical and vocal warm-ups as well as breathing exercises.  Ensemble 3 – Language and the Physical Imagination: Acts of storytelling and writing, and how they are conjured from embodied practice, and are then translated into physical expression. Work with staging pieces of original text, and developing theatrical images for ensembles of body and voice to experience and experiment with in a performative setting. Conversations with space/light/architecture/music. Instruction includes physical and vocal warm-ups as well as writing exercises.

MPSM317 Event Planning and Production
THUR 9:00-1:00pm Instructor: Obando
This is the spring segment of a year-long course designed for those that are actively involved in organizing and producing ambitious events and exhibitions throughout the year. Open to any student that is actively producing on or off campus events. Spring semester focuses on publicity, social media, and documentation and publishing a catalog of events. By permission of instructor only.

MPSM-389 Networked Interactivity (Programming the Internet of Things)
Fri 1:30-6:30pm      Instructor: Moser

This course is an introduction to interactivity over networks (e.g. Local Area Networks, the Internet) using small programmable devices. Such devices (which include Arduino micro-controllers, Adafruit Feather Boards and Raspberry Pi computers) are used in the creation of “Smart” objects and the technological development commonly referred to as “The Internet of Things.”
The course provides software examples and development environments for students to write their own programs. Some experience with programming is helpful but not necessary. Networked, programmable devices enable audiences and artist-collaborators to have interactive experiences with a variety of media including text, image, sound and video.

MPSM-405 Publications: Print & Digital
Wed 8:00am-1:00pm.     Instructor: Obando
The rise of digital publishing, online media platforms, and mobile devices has radically altered the way we look at information, art and culture, while inspiring new uses and interpretations of print media. Artists and cultural producers everywhere are actively experimenting with alternative print and publishing practices that evoke analogue memories, critically document the present, or reformulate the future of the medium. These contemporary practices examine media sustainability, propose mediated participation and configure new social spaces for the dissemination and interchange of ideas. In this context we will initiate our studies. This class proposes a collaborative studio environment in which we will investigate various printmaking techniques, examine the history of the medium, observe and critique its current state, and experiment with the different forms that compose the expanded field of contemporary print. Through studio and post-studio projects students are asked to propose and discover alternative approaches to printmaking, cultural
production and social engagement, while discussing issues of authorship, piracy, reproduction, dissemination, interchange, and participation.

MPSM-409 Mining Meaning (Contemporary Methods of Inquiry)
Tue 1:30-6:30pm      Instructor: Buckholtz
This advanced class focuses on the development of artistic practice and individualized research through multiple lenses. During the course, students are expected to create project based works through multi-faceted approaches to research. The course examines Practice-based Research which is a form of research that aims to advance knowledge partly by means of practice. Discussion, in-depth reading and written analysis regarding contemporary issues in art are a fundamental component of the course.

MPSM-410 Immersive Experience Design – Worlds at Play!
Tue 1:30-6:30pm      Instructor: Freeman
This course cultivates students’ ability to create immersive multi-sensory experiences through the lens of play, story-telling and world building. It explores the potential power innate in each of our five senses and provides a framework upon which immersive artistic environments can be envisioned. The course presents examples of contemporary and historical immersive
experience design as well as introduces interactivity, virtual and augmented reality technologies. Students are invited to do their own research, design and modeling of original immersive experience designs. The course prioritizes an experimental approach to the discipline and emphasizes the connections between the real and the virtual.

FA19 Electives Open to All

MPSM337 Electronic Projects for Artists
MON 1:30 – 6:30 pm D. Moser
The purpose of this studio course is to provide skills and information that will be useful for artists who use electronic devices in their artworks.

MPSM342 Methods and Design in Art Exhibitions and Installation
MON 3 – 8 pm R. Gainfort
In this course, students will be guided through the design/build fundamentals of installing an art exhibit, preparing artwork for installation and the construction methods used in producing exhibitions.

MPSM357 Experimental Ensembles
TUES 9 am – 1 pm E. Buckholtz
Experimental Ensembles is an opportunity for students to collaborate in significant ways on works that involve various groupings of student ensembles engaging in collective actions that are both performance and non-performance based.

MPSM273 Intro to Sound Studio
TUES 1:30 – 6:30pm E. Freeman
Students are instructed in the principles of electroacoustic and digital sound processing, including audio recording, editing, mixing, and signal processing techniques. Students are expected to create original sound works and have access to SIM Sound Studio outside of class time.

MPSM211 Interrelated Media Practice
WED 9 – 1 pm J. Obando
This is an introductory critique studio course where students produce and present interrelated media artworks in progress and/or in final form in order to expand their artistic practice, interact with artists from other disciplines, and refine public speaking skills. Great option for non-SIM majors to explore interdisciplinary art practice.

MPSM361 Investigations in Expanded Cinema
WED 9 -1 pm E. Buckholtz
The course investigates how pre cinematic forms can inform the post cinematic and is designed to familiarize students with a wide variation of art practices related to contemporary installation and immersive notions of art.

MPSM205  Stagecraft and Technical Production
WED 3 – 8 pm M. Azanow
This course aims to demystify basic lighting, rigging, sound and staging practices. Technical workshops will be conducted during class time where students work in teams to complete assignments. Demos and lectures also include site planning, power distribution, and safety in the workspace.

MPSM221 Interdisciplinary Video
WED 3 – 8 pm A. Flackett
This is a studio course in which students learn the basics of video production – from shooting to editing to the use of effects and finally publishing/screening final works.  The class explores the inclusion of video in installations, live performance, and other experimental applications.

MPSM317 Event Planning and Production
THUR 9 am-1 pm N. Sturiale
This is the fall segment of a year-long course designed for those that are actively involved in organizing and producing ambitious events and exhibitions throughout the year. Open to any student that is actively producing on or off campus events. Please contact with your project proposal.

MPSM402 Art Life and $
FRI 9:00am-1:00pm S. Schaefer
This course is targeted towards soon-to-graduate art students who are thinking about the practicalities of continuing life as in independent artist after art school. The course attempts to demystify tax responsibilities, non-profit organization opportunities, and grant-writing, and mental wellbeing after college. In collaboration with the 3D department. Lots of great guests!

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Studio for Interrelated Media 2019-2020