Conceptual Information Arts
Core Concepts of CIA
Conceptual Information Arts is an area that continues
to evolve. Below are some concepts that live at its core. These differentiate
Conceptual Information Arts (CIA) from the customary intermedia, experimental
CIA emphasizes systematic and structured processes of inquiry
as an underlying support to the experimental searching at the fringes of
the art world. The area has stressed the integration of the rational and
the intuitive. Students are expected to learn and use processes of planning
and problem solving typical of disciplines outside the arts when appropriate.
CIA encourages students to supercede, question, and challenge
traditional notions of what constitutes valid art media, contexts, and
approaches. Students are encouraged to bring ideas, materials, and experiences
from outside the art world to become focuses for their art. Students are
challenged to combine traditional media and to incorporate new media. They
are encouraged to follow their ideas and artistic impulses even if they
don't take them into traditional validated art directions.
Contemporary science and technology are radically transforming
the world. The culture desperately needs artists to address these developments.
The program encourages students to become knowledgeable about world views,
ideas, and tools of these fields and to incorporate them in a non-superficial
way into their art making. Students are expected to achieve expertise in
technological areas in which most artists only superficially venture.
Electronic technology and mediated information distribution
seem on the surface value-free, but in fact, are causing major shifts in
social interaction and the way we perceive ourselves and reality. Artworks
generated through digital technology require some knowledge of strategies
learned from semiotics, communications studies, and cultural theory for
critically understanding technology's impact on culture.
CIA students are interested in art that could be categorized
through a wide spectrum. The area supports students to pursue these types
of inquiries. Some of the categories include: performance art, interactive
events, public art, earthworks, art and architecture, installation, kinetics
and robotics, video, intermedia, computer imaging, computer generated conceptual
work, telecommunications, sound art, art and science, integration with
other disciplines, art and language, conceptual art, guerrilla art, and
hopefully activities that defy these categories.