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Course content

The course gives and introduction to the relationship between art, media and new technology, as articulated in art practice, media theory and art theory/history. Key focus is the relationship between 20th Century art and so-called "new media" (from photography, film, radio, TV to computers and digital technologies) but older instances of art- and media-historical perspectives will also be discussed. The objective of the course is to give insight into the historical exchanges between art and technological development, as well as critical tools for discussing the concept of the medium and the relationship between art, sensation/perception, visuality and mediation. The course will also function as an introduction to the field of media aesthetics.

Learning outcome

After the completion of the course the student should be able to:

  • give an overview of the key texts of media theory on the curriculum and present the theoretical positions of the authors, from Walter Benjamin and Marshall McLuhan to Friedrich Kittler and Mark Hansen.
  • present and discuss key artworks from the 20th Century's media-technologically oriented art.
  • present the most important technical and aesthetic aspects of 20th century media technologies.
  • present the key critical perspectives from the field of media aesthetics.


Students who are admitted to study programmes at UiO must each semester register which courses and exams they wish to sign up for in Studentweb.

If you are not already enrolled as a student at UiO, please see our information about admission requirements and procedures.


Recommended previous knowledge

Courses on a basic level from bachelor programs such as Aestethics, History of Art, Media Studies and/or Culture Studies.

Overlapping courses

10 credits overlap with KUN4230 – Art Technology Media


Ca. 27 hours of classes. The classes are a combination of lectures and seminars divided into three-hour long sessions: Two hours of lecture followed by a one hour seminar /group discussion with student presentations. Following the seminars are highly recommended. We expect you to meet prepared for classes and to participate actively.

In order to qualify to the final exam, you must complete these compulsory assignments:

  • Compulsory attendance at least 7 out of 9 classes.
  • Oral presentation

Additional absence must be justified with documentation to the exam coordinator. Attendance will be taken at every class.

Some teaching materials may be distributed in Fronter.

Access to teaching

A student who has completed compulsory instruction and coursework and has had these approved, is not entitled to repeat that instruction and coursework. A student who has been admitted to a course, but who has not completed compulsory instruction and coursework or had these approved, is entitled to repeat that instruction and coursework, depending on available capacity.


The examination on KUN2230 is a three day digital home examination.

The examination text must consist of 6-7 pages (each page à 2300 characters without spaces, not including illustrations, notes and reference).

You will take the home exam in Inspera. You must familiarize yourself with the login and submission procedures in timely manner before the home examination. Read more about Inspera below.

For detailed information regarding examinations see Examination information at the Faculty of Humanities.

Submit assignments in Inspera

You submit your assignment in the digital examination system Inspera. Read about how to submit assignments in Inspera.

Use of sources and citation

You should familiarize yourself with the rules that apply to the use of sources and citations. If you violate the rules, you may be suspected of cheating/attempted cheating.

Language of examination

You may write your examination paper in Norwegian, Swedish, Danish or English.

Grading scale

Grades are awarded on a scale from A to F, where A is the best grade and F is a fail. Read more about the grading system.

Explanations and appeals

Resit an examination

Withdrawal from an examination

It is possible to take the exam up to 3 times. If you withdraw from the exam after the deadline or during the exam, this will be counted as an examination attempt.

Special examination arrangements

Application form, deadline and requirements for special examination arrangements.


The course is subject to continuous evaluation. At regular intervals we also ask students to participate in a more comprehensive evaluation.

All courses are subject to continuous evaluation. The Department's assessments of courses are
available at our web-pages, but generally only in Norwegian.

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Facts about this course






Every other spring starting 2018


Every other spring starting 2018

Teaching language

Norwegian (English on request)

This course will most likely be taught in English. You can write your exam in Norwegian or English