Courses

Required Courses for SIM Majors Only

MPSM276/286, MPSM376/386, MPSM476/496 Studio for Interrelated Media Major Studio
THUR 1:30 – 6:30 pm E. Buckholtz, D. Moser, A. Srinivasan (Guest Faculty),
N. Sturiale (In Person!! FA21/SP22)
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. See below for the current offerings.


SP21 Electives Open to All (in order of day)

MPSM-311 Electronic Project For Artists 2 – Programming
MON 1:30-6:30 pm   D. Moser (In Person)
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 suggested, but none required.

MPSM-320 Projects in Sound
MON 1:30 – 6:30 pm   E. Buckholtz  (In Person)
To explore sound as an element in art making practices including sound and kinetic sculpture, site-specific sound installation, sound walks, experimental radio works and pod casts, graphic scores, sound poetry, video art, and acoustic ecology. Students will acquire knowledge of the conceptual and historical background of sound art through short lectures and readings of related research topics. Students will develop individual and collaborative projects and receive useful feedback in a respectful productive environment. Some basic knowledge of sound recording recommended.

MPSM-223 Embodied Ensembles Lab
TUES 8:00 am -1:00 pm  T. Catanella (In Person)
This course is an opportunity for students to explore collaborative art-making practice with a specific focus on body movement and choreography. Over the course of the semester 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 and music. Instruction includes physical and vocal warm-ups as well as writing exercises.

MPSM-211 Interrelated Media Practice
WED 8:00 am-1:00 pm  E. Buckholtz (In Person)
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.

MPSM-410 Immersive Experience Design – Virtual Worlds
TUE 1:30-6:30 pm   E. Freeman (In Person)
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 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.

MPSM-205 Stagecraft and Technical Production
WED 3:00 – 8:00pm M. Azanow (In Person)
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. Demonstrations and lectures also include site planning, power distribution, and safety in the workspace. For credit the students will prepare and present their own personal projects using the class as crew and SIM’s technology.

MPSM-207 Beat Research
WED 3:00-8:00 pm  A. Flackett (In Person)
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 Ableton Live and other music-making software. Most assignments will involve the creation of music, but we will also go over the production of video and live performance.

MPSM-336 Event Planning and Production
THUR 9:00 am-1:00 pm  N. Sturiale (In Person)
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. Required for Eventworks producers and Godine Family Gallery Managers. Registration is by permission of instructor. 


FA21 Electives Open to All (in order of day)

MPSM-402 Art, Life and Money
MON 8:00am-1:00 pm   Nita Sturiale (in person with occasional remote days)
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. Throughout the semester students will meet graduates of the Studio for Interrelated Media as well as others pursuing unconventional artistic paths. Through discussion, presentations and field trips, issues surrounding the realistic struggles of maintaining life as an independent artist alongside the celebration of such a choice will be explored. The course will attempt to demystify tax responsibilities, non-profit organization opportunities, and grant-writing. Students will interview artists as well as research methods for balancing art, life and money after school. Students will also practice writing their artist statement and resume and create a personal five year plan using any media.

MPSM-363 Interrelated Media Practice
MON 8:00am – 1:00 pm   Elaine Buckholtz  (hybrid)
This is a critique studio course where students produce and present interrelated media artworks in progress and/or in final form. The course is closely modeled after the Studio for Interrelated Media Major Studio course, but with a smaller class size. Additionally, rotating faculty also present emerging topics related to interrelated media for discussion and exploration. For SIM Majors, this course provides a more intimate setting to work through artworks in progress. For Non-majors, it is an opportunity to expand one’s artistic practice, interact with artists from other disciplines, and refine public speaking skills. There is no prerequisite and it is an open elective.

MPSM-337 Electronic Projects for Artists I
MON 1:30 – 6:30 pm   Dana Moser  (Face-2-Face)
The purpose of this studio course is to provide skills and information that will be useful for artists who use electrical devices in their artworks. Examples will be shown to help students in incorporating/integrating electrical circuits and sensors in a variety of media including sculpture, installation and performance. This intro course covers AC/DC electrical current and how to work with it safely. We show how to use components like breadboards, resistors, capacitors and transistors, Integrated Circuits, read schematics and build electrical circuits. The ultimate goal is for artists to incorporate this knowledge in the production of projects of their own design.

MPSM-320 Experimental Ensembles
MON 1:30 – 6:30 pm  Elaine Buckholtz (hybrid)
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. The class explores the artistic practice of conducting, composition, and collaboration along-side the experience of following the direction of others in order to create an artwork that has a public impact. Students will have to the opportunity to use each other as actors, agents, units, and parts of their creative vision in varied environments and alternative spaces. Topics included the examination of historical works that have emerged from: the Fluxus art movement; happenings of the ’60s; performative installation; live choral-based configurations; experiments with sound, light, motion, site, and performance; as well as, alternative genres such as live cinema. An ensemble can be a Flash mob, a gathering of organized movements and soundings on a park walk, mobile sculptural elements, or a series of instructions that a group or public is asked to follow. We will work in large ensembles and also experiment with smaller forms within the group.

MPSM-273 Intro to Sound Studio
TUE  1:30 – 6:30 pm  Eric Freeman (hybrid)
Students study principles of electroacoustic and digital sound processing, including audio recording, editing, mixing, and signal processing techniques. Students are required to present “live” or recorded sound pieces. Sound studio includes analog and digital synthesis, analog and digital recording and editing systems, signal processors. Weekly assignments. No prerequisite. (fall term only)

CANCELLED – MPSM-364 Speculative Spaces
TUE  1:30 – 6:30 pm  Sam Malabre (remote)
This class addresses the politics of digital and virtual worlds and their implications for concepts of space and place. It introduces methodologies of intervention, site specificity and psychogeography including methods of constructing virtual and imagined space from the discipline of game design: world building, game system, and procedure. 

MPSM-411 Observation, Data and Art
WED 8:00am – 1:00 pm  Nita Sturiale (hybrid)
This course invites students to engage in practicing methods of data collection along with close observation of their experience of natural phenomena as the foundation for artistic practice. Students are tasked with identifying a topic and recording regular and consistent observations of this topic. Recordings may be documented using text, spreadsheets, photos, journaling, video, performative, social exchange, or otherwise. During the course students explore different methods for recording and processing observations and data while also sharing their documentation. Students are invited to use this source material as the foundation of artistic experiments and projects. Examples of artists and artworks that incorporate similar methods are presented, such as A Line Made by Walking by Richard Long from 1967 as well as more recent work by Doreen Garner that presents the results of data bias as it relates to the medical implications for Black bodies. The following subjects are also introduced: data literacy, data science and data ethics; biofeedback; pattern recognition; close analysis; self-discipline; mindfulness practice; graphic recording; and patience.

MPSM-204 Light Lab
WED 3:00 – 8:00 pm  Max Azanow (Face-2-Face)
This is a hands on course in which students will use lighting, dimming, and control units ranging from antiques to the newest L.E.D. fixtures available. Students will gain experience in safe working practices installing lighting systems that illuminate events, performers and objects. Students will work in teams to light visiting artists as well as experiment with color and light while they stage student-designed projects. Lighting and staging vocabulary, work procedures and methods will be introduced. This course is a must for sculptors, moving image-makers, stop-motion animators, performers and producers – or anyone that needs to light their artwork. [Formerly Titled: Lighting/Events&Installations]

MPSM-207 Interdisciplinary Video
WED 3:00 – 8:00 pm  Antony Flackett (hybrid)
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. The contemporary practice of video production is presented within the historical context of the moving image from silent films up to the modern Youtube era. Additionally, introductory video mapping technologies and video sound techniques are presented. The course combines lectures, demonstrations, workshops, visiting artists, and both collaborative and individual assignments.

MPSM-336 Events and Exhibitions Planning and Production
THUR 9:00 am-1:00 pm  Nita Sturiale (in person with occasional remote days)
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. Required for Eventworks producers and Godine Family Gallery Managers. Registration is by permission of instructor. 


SP21 Electives Open to All (in order of day)

MPSM-311 Electronic Project For Artists 2 – Programming
MON 1:30-6:30 pm   D. Moser (remote)
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 suggested, but none required.

MPSM-320 Projects in Sound
MON 1:30 – 6:30 pm   E. Buckholtz  (remote)
To explore sound as an element in art making practices including sound and kinetic sculpture, site-specific sound installation, sound walks, experimental radio works and pod casts, graphic scores, sound poetry, video art, and acoustic ecology. Students will acquire knowledge of the conceptual and historical background of sound art through short lectures and readings of related research topics. Students will develop individual and collaborative projects and receive useful feedback in a respectful productive environment. Some basic knowledge of sound recording recommended.

MPSM-216 Performance Art Fundamentals
TUES 8:00 am -1:00 pm  S. Schaefer (remote)
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. This semester, we will focus on making performance for camera.

MPSM-405 Publications: Print & Digital
TUE 8:00 am-1:00 pm  J. Obando (remote)
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 1:30-6:30 pm   E. Buckholtz (remote)
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.

CANCELLED – MPSM-410 Immersive Experience Design – Virtual Worlds
TUE 1:30-6:30 pm   E. Freeman (remote)

MPSM-211 Interrelated Media Practice
WED 8:00 am-1:00 pm  J. Obando (remote)
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.

CANCELLED – MPSM-205 Stagecraft and Technical Production
WED 3:00 – 8:00pm M. Azanow (hybrid)

MPSM-207 Beat Research
WED 3:00-8:00 pm  A. Flackett (remote)
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 Ableton Live and other music-making software. Most assignments will involve the creation of music, but we will also go over the production of video and live performance.

MPSM-336 Event Planning and Production
THUR 9:00 am-1:00 pm  N. Sturiale (remote)
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. Required for Eventworks producers and Godine Family Gallery Managers. Registration is by permission of instructor. 


For full course descriptions, see davinci.massart.edu
Questions?  email nita.sturiale@massart.edu

Studio for Interrelated Media 2020-2021