Art & Technology

Art & Technology is an interdisciplinary area of study focused on the creative use, misuse and investigation of technology through art making. Graduate and undergraduate Students and faculty in this research area explore the relationship between art, science and technology with project based learning, creating interactive installations, inventing electronic objects and interfaces, producing moving image and 3D animations, 3D modeling / rapid prototyping, art games, virtual reality, hacking, bio-art, tactical media, digital imaging, holography, internet art, sound, and emerging experimental forms.

Our curriculum is designed to help students invent and discover new forms of art – science, while developing an individual aesthetic and artistic vision through understanding conceptual, theoretical, and historical art – science frameworks, while critically engaging the use of technology.

Industrial, scientific, and social technologies are explored as creative tools and contemporary agents that lead to the production of new meanings, ideas, and artistic invention. Students pursue their own research interests and consider contexts and approaches that may differ from traditional fine art as it explores new technologies and their potential for art/invention.

The Art & Tech area is located in the Department of Art and offers a 3-year MFA degree as well as 4-year BFA.

Our courses are interdisciplinary in nature drawing research, techniques, and inspiration from the arts and sciences and our classes are taken by grads and undergraduates from Computer Information Sciences, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering,  Biosciences, Humanities and students pursuing the BA degree in Art  and a minor in Studio Art,  Majors in Film Studies and Majors in Design, among others.

Students from these departments bring their research agendas to our courses promoting an informed collaborative dialogue, fostering a classroom environment that better reflects the trans-disciplinary nature of technology in our contemporary world.

Many of our courses are open to non-art majors.

If you are considering this degree, here is an overview of careers that connect to it.

As all knowledge from our courses, results in project based learning goals and intensive production,  a juried exhibition of artwork/projects / inventions occurs each semester to celebrate students’ final works created.

The exhibition component of all courses, allow our students and faculty to engage the question of the value of artistic and creative approaches to working with technology.

We seek to create a critical dialogue with our students to have them question the value of technology as an expressive tool and to look at technologies impacts on culture and environment.

Our research questions and the exhibition themes we create, encourage students to engage the key strategic initiatives of the Ohio State University surrounding sustainability, food security, energy etc. We ask questions about what Art can contribute to expressive cultural output, though also foster invention and creation of real solutions.

Looking at the history and creation of media arts and technology, we notice it closely aligns with the invention of new commercial endeavors such as virtual reality technologies or virtual mapping technologies. The difference here is; these technologies were pioneered by artists working with technology and we endeavor and approach our projects with the future in mind.

In a seminal article by from The Ludwig Boltzmann Institute for Media Art point out “In the arrangement of processes, the artists’ practice approximates that of engineers and designers. In addition, in many cases the choreographed processes are not the means to an external end of insight, but rather the theme of the work”

See student 3D animations and videos from Art and Technology courses in the Department of Art.

Faculty in Art and Technology collaborate with faculty across the university. Recently Professor Amy Youngs Art and Dr. Iris Meier, Professor of Molecular Genetics, co-taught an art-science course on the nature of mycorrhizal mushroom communication networks in plants roots. Professor Rinaldo co-taught with a Greek Classics Professor Tom Hawkins  Odysseus in the Oculus Rift to allow Grecian classics to serve as an inspiration to the production of virtual reality productions within Game engines and VR to explore ancient and modern myth-making.

Our courses and theme-based curriculum are focused on ethical practices incorporating cultural, socio/political, and ecological issues.

Art and Technology is ranked number 2 in the nation in the Top 50 Public Animation School Programs in the US.