Art and Cultural Informatics Program Area

Art and Cultural Informatics is an area of informatics dealing with information as medium and content for art production, experience, and dissemination. The Informatics PhD, with an Art and Cultural Informatics Area, addresses these needs explicitly in its design: it makes technological knowledge (theoretical and practical) an intrinsic part of the curriculum; it draws on a wide base of disciplinary courses to establish interdisciplinary breadth; it emphasizes innovative interdisciplinary, collaborative research aimed specifically at meeting the challenges of creating art in collaborative, interdisciplinary, technologically enabled settings.

Cultural Informatics is a broad term encompassing all areas in which the application of new information technologies will and might impact human culture: we see it playing an increasingly central role in culture production, experience, dissemination, and comprehension. It is inherently boundary breaking, fundamentally inter- multi- and trans-disciplinary. Informatics, broadly speaking, is impacting all branches of knowledge, all human exploration, experience, and understandings of the world. “Cultural Informatics” is that part of informatics that emphasizes understanding of the human world, that which is made or influenced by humanity: from history, social science, cultural studies, to written, visual, sonic, and kinetic communication, technology is transforming all aspects of human endeavor, all culture, all societies and communities.

The Arts are an important part of Cultural Informatics. New technology and associated new modes of creative cultural expression and communication will radically transform the arts of the 21st Century. The impact of new technologies will be felt in four key areas: it will change the practice, the experience, and the dissemination of the arts, and through these it will change the role of the arts in culture and society.


Art and Cultural Informatics faculty

Area Lead: Guy Garnett (Music)

Faculty: If you would like to affiliate with I3 and appear on this list, please contact Karin Readel.

College of Applied Health Sciences
Kinesiology & Community Health Citlali Lopez-Ortiz
College of Education
Curriculum and Instruction Robb Lindgren, Mark Dressman
Education Policy, Organization and Leadership Eboni Zamani-Gallaher
College of Engineering
Computer Science Karrie KarahaliosParis Smaragdis
College of Fine and Applied Arts (FAA)
Architecture John StallmeyerThérèse Tierney
Art and Design Donna Cox, Tyler DenmeadDeana McDonagh, Ben Grosser, Stan Ruecker
Dance John Toenjes
Music Guy GarnettHeinrich TaubeStephen Taylor
College of Liberal Arts & Sciences
Slavic Languages and Literatures Judith Pintar
College of Media
Media and Cinema Studies Anita Chan
School of Information Sciences
Library & Information Science Stephen DownieLori KendallEmily KnoxKathryn La BarreBonnie MakJerome McDonough, Kate McDowellAllen RenearMichael Twidale

Recommended Art and Cultural Informatics Courses

Art and Cultural Informatics Application Courses

ARCH 423 Soc/Beh Factors for Design
ARTD 423 Computer Applications I
ARTD 426 Computer Applications II
ARTD 501 (I-VI) Industrial Design
ARTS 443 Time Arts II
ARTS 444 Interactivity II
ARTS 449 Senior Seminar in New Media
ARTS 450 Advanced Studio I (new media)
ARTS 451 Advanced Studio II (new media)
ARTS 591 Graduate Studio
ARTS 595 Graduate Laboratory
DANC 532 Digital Media for Dancers
DANC 550 Advanced Research in Dance
MUS 407 Electronic Music Techniques I
MUS 409 Electronic Music Techniques II
MUS 448 Computer Music
MUS 506 Composition
MUS 507 Seminar in Music Composition and Theory
THEA 419 CAD Drafting for the Stage
THEA 430 Technical Direction
THEA 437 Software for Lighting Design
THEA 453 Theater Sound Technology
THEA 454 Sound Design I
THEA 455 Audio Production
THEA 550 Colloquium Design & Theater Technology

Art and Cultural Informatics Foundation Courses

CS 414 Multimedia Systems
CS 418 Interactive Computer Graphics
CS 419 Production Computer Graphics
CS 427 Software Engineering I
CS 438 Communication Networks
CS 440 Artificial Intelligence
CS 446 Machine Learning
CS 465 User Interface Design
CS 519 Scientific Visualization (CSE 527)
CS 511 Design of Database Systems
CS 512 Data Mining
CS 565 Human-Computer Interaction
ECE 410 Digital Signal Processing I
ECE 417 Multimedia Signal Processing
ECE 418 Imagine & Video Processing
ECE 420 Digital Signal Processing Lab
ECE 437 Sensors and Instrumentation
ECE 439 Wireless Networks
ECE 442 Electronic Circuits
ECE 453 Wireless Communication Systems
ECE 470 Introduction to Robotics
ECE 473 Fundamentals of Engineering Acoustics
ECE 511 Computer Architecture
ECE 512 Computer Microarchitecture
ECE 513 Vector Space Signal Processing
ECE 517 Nonlinear and Adaptive Control
ECE 537 Speech Processing Fundamentals
ECE 538 Speech and Hearing Acoustics
ECE 544 Topics in Signal Processing
ECE 547 Topics in Image Processing
ECE 549 Computer Vision
ECE 550 Advanced Robotic Planning
ECE 551 Digital Signal Processing II
ECE 558 Digital Imaging
ENG 491 Interdisciplinary Design Project
GE 522 Robot Control Theory
LIS 542 Data, Stat and Info
PSYC 429 Human Computer Interaction Lab
PSYC 509 Psychological Scaling Multidimensional Methodology
PSYC 594 Multivariate Analysis in Psychology and Education

Art and Cultural Informatics Electives Courses

ANTH 460 Heritage Management
ANTH 462 Museum Theory and Practice
ANTH 470 Mind, Culture and Society
ANTH 499 Topics in Anthropology (topics vary)
ANTH 523 Dynamic Embodiment
ANTH 555 The Archaeology of Complexity
ANTH 557 Social Construction of Space
ANTH 563 Ritual, Power and Social Life
ARTH 446 Art Since 1940
ARTH 546 Seminar in Contemporary Art
ARTS 492 Contemporary Issues in Art
CWL 450 Topics in Bodies and Genders
ENG 565 Technology Innovation & Strategy
EPSY 530 Social Development
EPSY 556 Analysis of Advanced Instructional Technologies
GWS 478 Sex, Power and Politics (PS 413)
HCD 539 Youth, Culture and Society
LA 594 Cultural Heritage
IS 490 MUG Museum Informatics
MDIA 575 Cultural Studies and Critical Interpretation
MDIA 577 Philosophy of Technology
MDIA 580 Advanced Interpretive Methods (SOC 580)
PHIL 420 Space, Time, and Matter (PHYS 420)
PHIL 423 Philosophy of Art
PHIL 425 Philosophy of Mind
PHIL 525 Seminar Philosophy of Mind
PSYC 456 Human Performance and Engineering Psychology (AVI 456, IE 445)
PSYC 460 Modern Viewpoints in Psychology
PSYC 477 Philosophy of Psychology (PHIL 477)
SOC 596 Recent Developments in Sociology (topics vary)
SOCW 554 Social Entrepreneurship in Diverse Society
CMN 428 Media and the Human Body
CMN 474 Intro to Research Methods
THEA 467 Contemporary Theatrical Forms
THEA 564 Studies in 20th Century Theater History