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 C. Bi, D. Moser,
N. Sturiale, T. Yamamoto
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.


SP24 Courses

MPSM-311 Electronic Project For Artists 2 – Programming
MON 1:30-6:20 pm   Dana 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 suggested, but none required.

MPSM-410 Immersive Experience Design – Virtual Worlds
TUE 1:30-6:20 pm   Eric 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 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-216 Performance Art Fundamentals
TUES 1:30-6:20 pm  Takahiro Yamamoto
This course will explore, physically and intellectually, a wide range of performance practices. We will collectively practice strategies, forms, and methods of making and performing while developing awareness for performers’ bodies, audience, environment (site), and nature of time. Students will be introduced to various different types of performance practices including, but not limited to mundane actions, rituals, body art, social choreography, narrative, conceptual/experimental performance, dance, theatre, durational art, and so on. In addition, students will gain a greater understanding of the legacy of this ever-revolving art form by observing historical precedents and contemporary approaches to performance.

MPSM-402 Art, Life and Money
WED 8:00am – 12:50 pm   Crystal Bi
This course is targeted towards soon-to-graduate art students who are thinking about the practicalities of continuing life as an independent artist after college. Throughout the semester students will meet MassArt Alum 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 copyright law, basic finance skills, resilience strategies, and professional networking. Students will interview artists as well as explore methods for balancing art, life and money after school. Students will also practice writing their artist statement and resume, giving an artist talk, and creating a personal five year plan.

MPSM-366 Art in/with/on/from TIME
WED 9:00-12:50 pm   Takahiro Yamamoto

What does it feel to observe impermanence? Why do we forget things? How can time be related to space, mind, body, and objects? Through the lens of the ubiquitous yet profound notion of time, students are invited to investigate various time-oriented notions such as duration, repetition, ephemerality, movement, ritual, attention, changes, stillness, futility, suspension, speed, history, and more. Using the approach of mind and body integration, this class encourages students to think and intellectualize in-class physical exercises and workshops. Simultaneously, class exercises explore physical engagement that feels, senses, and moves with theoretical and poetic discourses about time. Together, students critically cultivate time-oriented perspectives as they develop individual projects of their chosen medium.

MPSM-205 Stagecraft and Technical Production
WED 3:00 – 7:50pm Max 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. 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 3:00-7:50 pm  Antony 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 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-317 Event Planning and Production
THUR 9:00 am-12:50 pm  Nita Sturiale
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. 

MPSM-365 Imagining Possible Futures: Activism & Socially Engaged Art
FRI 1:30-6:20 pm   Crystal Bi

‘Socially engaged art’ nurtures the relationship between artist and audience, a relationship that itself becomes the artwork. By designing new ways of being together, we can practice inhabiting new worlds and invite others into possible futures. This is art as political action, as intervention, as social change, as role playing the collective future we want to see. The course will offer explorations of work by social practice, interventionist, participatory, and community engaged artists. Students may develop their personal ethics/value system for collaborations with community as part of their artistic practice. In the course, students have the opportunity to deeply investigate their own community at MassArt and are invited to design an offering for the MassArt community by creating their own community engaged project. Finally, students are given the tools to develop a grant proposal for a socially engaged project that could be used in public art grant applications.

This semester we are also offering the following class to satisfy the SIM Elective requirement:
AETE-213-01 Make Radio
TUES 1:30 pm – 6:20 pm Erik DeLuca
We make radio in this student-driven, multi-disciplinary introductory course (no prerequisites required). Established in the early 20th century, broadcast radio is a powerful source for cultural expression and connection through voicing, sounding, listening, and learning. Radio is at once a site for reflection, agitation, and a compositional tool for making art and dialogue. From this context, students explore open source, free tools to record, edit, and broadcast a variety of radio styles of their choosing (like audio documentary, DJ sets, themed mixes, sound art, audio essays, talk radio, and experimental theater). We study keywords of sound including echo, noise, resonance, silence, space, and synthesis; and entanglements of human rights, borders, capitalism, the cannon, processes of decolonization, and systems of power. As we question authorship and intersect social boundaries, we work through processes where materials and tools get us places. Towards the end of the semester we produce a live radio broadcast event for the MassArt community. One overarching aim is to consider a longstanding, sustainable MassArt radio station that includes a network of broadcasters and listeners.


FA23 Courses
MPSM-337 Electronic Projects for Artists I
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 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.

MPSM357 Experimental Ensembles
MON 1:30 – 6:30 pm T. Yamamoto
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 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-211 Interrelated Media Practice
TUE 8:00am – 1:00pm T. Yamamoto
This course is centered around explorations of you as an interrelated media artist with a special focus on space/place and creative interventionism. This course aims to deepen our intentionality in considering place and viewers when creating artwork. How can we – as artists – deeply observe the current conditions of a place and intervene in spaces to produce new, more desirable outcomes and futures? We will explore these themes through a series of group/individual projects, observations, artist talks, and site visits. This is an introductory critique studio course where students produce and present interrelated media artworks in progress and 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-389 Art, Network, Interactivity
TUE  1:30 – 6:30 pm D. 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 microcontrollers, custom 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-273 Intro to Sound Studio
TUE  1:30 – 6:30 pm  E. Freeman
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)
MPSM-356 Installation Art as a Spatial Practice
WED 9:00 am-1:00 pm C. Bi
This course examines installation art as spatial practice and encourages students to consider content, contexts and approaches that may not fit within traditional definitions of art or display venues. Exploring advanced technologies, tools and processes ranging from sound, video-mapping, digital media, found objects, sculpture, photography, hardware and software, students will develop new art forms and investigate how conceptual, spatial and material needs define the language and application of installation art. Group discussions, lectures and presentations include relevant history and theory of installation art in the broader context of contemporary art.
MPSM-207 Interdisciplinary Video
WED 3:00 – 8:00 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. 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-204 Light Lab
WED 3:00 – 8:00 pm M. Azanow
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.

MPSM-336 Event Planning and Production
THUR 9:00 am-1:00 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 MassArt 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. 



Questions?  email nsturiale@massart.edu

Studio for Interrelated Media 2023-2024