State University of New York at Buffalo. Department of Media Study

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The Department of Media Study is an experimental media arts program committed to providing both graduate and undergraduate students a community in which they can develop their own voice as artists. Students can take courses in a wide array of research areas including independent film and video, documentary forms, sound, electronic poetry, digital poetics, media robotics, media urbanism, social computational media, locative media, performance, story and game. This department is strongly linked to artistic practices and conversations in the departments of Anthropology, Architecture, Art, Comparative Literature, English, Music, Theatre and Dance and the Center for the Americas.

Gerald O'Grady founded the Department of Media Study at the State University of New York at Buffalo in 1973.The entire spectrum of media art⁰́₄ranging from photographic images to slide installations, from music to film and video performances, from film to film installations, from videotape to video environments, and from computer graphics to interactive installations⁰́₄was investigated, made a reality, and taught about in the 1970s and 80s, by the structuralist avant-garde film makers Hollis Frampton, Tony Conrad, and Paul Sharits; the documentary film maker James Blue; and the legendary video artists Steina and Woody Vasulka, as well as Peter Weibel. All Buffalo faculty members were not only practicing artists, but also capable of theoretically accompanying the development of and issues around their media, in lectures, essays, and publications.

Gerald O'Grady was the initiator and director of the Center for Media Study in 1972, and he founded the independent, not-for-profit media center Media Study. His concept of the wide-ranging effects and possibilities for "new media" was universal in scope, presciently forecasting that with the advent of film, video and television cameras, broadcast industries and computer technologies there was to be a dramatic change in the way people throughout the world would receive information, do business and communicate with each other. O'Grady was particularly sensitive to the need for artists to be supported and to work with the advanced thinkers of the scientific communities to encourage cross-fertilization of ideas that would enable the flourishing of the new art forms. His mission was the preparation of artists and teachers of media whose mode of personal expression would grow from a cross-disciplinary base of general education, and further, to bring the public an awareness and understanding of a new era of media literacy. O'Grady has produced documentaries on arts and on social issues for PBS, and his projects have been supported by the Ford Foundation, the Rockefeller Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, and the National Endowment for the Humanities.

From the description of Department of Media Study records, 1959-2009. (SUNY at Buffalo). WorldCat record id: 747110591

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associatedWith Blue, James, 1930-1980. person
associatedWith Brakhage, Stan. person
associatedWith Frampton, Holis, 1936-1984. person
associatedWith O'Grady, Gerald. person
associatedWith Sharits, Paul. person
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associatedWith State University of New York at Buffalo. Center for Media Study corporateBody
associatedWith Weibel, Peter. person
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New York (State)--Buffalo
Mass media--Study and teaching (Higher)

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