Transmedia Art, Extraction, and Environmental Justice (TAEEJ) is a hybrid theory and hands-on making exploration of today’s extractive economies and the role that artists, media-makers, and transmedia producers may play in shaping public perception, individual choices, and movement-building towards what Arturo Escobar refers to as “Sustainment.” The course also explores the ways that joy, humor, and innovative media-making inspires our engagement with politically-charged issues. TAEEJ’s underlying epistemological assumption is that inspiring the public towards change requires multiple entrypoints, modes, and media. The subject will trace the contingent geological, material, and toxic histories of the following materials used throughout our built environment — as well as civic resistance and reform that could significantly alter extraction practices in coal, silica, uranium, and copper. Through primary research and first-hand interviews with interdisciplinary experts, students will produce transmedia works about viable opportunities for achieving environmental equity.
Lecture: M EVE (7-9 PM),W9-12 (VIRTUAL)
J. Paradis and M. Jahn