Interactive Environments in Art and Entertainment  - Fall 2004



Electronic gaming is pervasive, but not the only locus of interactive environments. In this course we will analyze not only popular games but the wilder reaches of interactive installations and virtual reality constructed by artists and researchers. We will discuss the interdisciplinary nature of a media which depends on art, artificial intelligence, computer graphics, interface design, human-computer interaction, psychology, narrative, networking and technical innovation. We will ask why interactive experiences are popular, and try to understand the social and cultural implications of this new media. Games studied will include, Black and White, Seaman and Deus Ex. Artists/researchers studied will include Brenda Laurel, Char Davies and Jeffrey Shaw.

First Person : New Media as Story, Performance, and Game  by Noah Wardrip-Fruin (Editor), Pat Harrigan (Editor)

Time, Location, Teachers

M-W 11:00 - 12:50, room CAF 232, Josephine Anstey, Steffan Delpiano

Office Hours
Josephine: Monday 9:30-11:00, 3:00-4:00


Requirements and Responsibilities

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University Statements

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