NYU Steinhardt

A Cultural History of the Screen: From the Cinematic to the Handheld

  • Course Number: MCC-UE 1347
  • Hours: 45
  • Units: 4
  • Description: Whether large, small, wide, high-definition, public, personal, shared, or handheld, screens are one of the most pervasive technologies in everyday life. From spaces of work to spaces of leisure, screens are sites for collaboration, performance, surveillance, & resistance. This course traces the cultural history of screens from a range of forms - from the panorama to the cinema, from the radar system to the television, & from the terminal to the mobile device - to provide a way of thinking about the development of the screen as simultaneously architectural, material, representational & computational.
  • Old Course Number: E59.1347