New Media Studies (2013)

[New Media Design, National Institute of Design] Workshop brief: As an introduction to theory and philosophical threads in the study of media, its relationship with society and its development across time needs to be understood. Much like the application of design process, the definition of problem-solution has had a primary role in the development of media. This is one set of questions that we bring back and look at, but once we already have the media environment populated by an array of media, how do we interrogate them? Theory offers us one lens to interrogate the past in the language of analysis that delineates a continuity with the specific objective of tracing a link to our present. But the density of dealing with texts the offers another difficulty of wading through them and synthesising a personal vision. Experiencing the construction of a philosophical argument is much more enriching process. We will experience the construction of such arguments in the space of conversation, enactment and group play. Each such experience will be clustered around themes and scripts developed out of a distilled understanding of moments of philosophical clarity in a historical landscape.