Intermedia Art, Writing and Performance

Student media performance in Atlas building black box
Degrees Offered: PhD

Graduate Studies

The Intermedia Art, Writing and Performance (IAWP) unit is an interdisciplinary digital arts and humanities research unit with a practice­based PhD. Core faculty collaboratively investigate past and present forms of digital art, writing and performance and offer graduate students a hands­on, experiential-­based learning environment in which to explore emerging forms of creativity triggered by practice­-based research methodologies.

The research conducted in the PhD program reflects the rapidly transforming knowledge systems and digital media economies emerging from the substantial technological shifts currently taking place in society. Digital creative work and critical media literacy play a defining role in society and are transforming all aspects of contemporary life, including the way many professional visual artists, multimedia performers, writers, publishers, digital humanists and archivists pursue their practice.

Traditional scholarly and creative work outputs like the single-­authored print book or conventional gallery exhibitions have already been challenged by the emergence of multi-­authored and/or hybridized forms of transmission such as internet art sites, electronic literature, live audio and visual performance, multi­-platform storytelling or transmedia narratives, software art, interactive installations for public spaces, augmented reality, game art, networked media activism and innovative art applications for mobile devices and tablets.

IAWP’s internationally­-renowned and affiliated faculty network collaborate with graduate students probing the significance of a digitally­-expanded, process-­based research environment located in a cluster of interdisciplinary research labs. The program provides a flexible pedagogical structure that leads to the creation of new and hybridized forms of art, writing, performance, scholarship, theory, design, curation, exhibition and publication appropriate for the current cultural moment.The program concentrates its curriculum on digital forms of creativity so as to cultivate cutting-­edge investigations into the practice, theory, history and philosophy of media and its relationships to creativity, communication, technology and information.