Text, Image, Sound - Radio Arts and Worldbuilding

CLLC-L 110 / CLASS 13680 — Spring 2024

Edmondson Hall C112
Days and Times
Tu/Th 9:45 a.m. - 11:00 a.m., 3 credits
Course Description

Radio has long sparked both interests and anxieties in audiences worldwide. This seminar explores radio and audio media as artistic genres with the potential to build and shape communities. We will navigate narratives and politics of recorded sound, learn how to listen critically to mass media, talk with radio practitioners, and create our own audio art informed by these radio studies. Along the way, we will investigate questions of form, function, and the ‘big picture’: What do different sounds mean to listeners? Who has access to radio and audio media, and how do they use it? Why is radio still important in the digital age? Through a range of different case studies from around the world and exercises in media analysis and audio production, we will come to understand radio and related media as sites and tools of sonic worldbuilding that may reinforce, challenge, or create senses of belonging. 

Instructor: Adriane Pontecorvo

Selected by Board of Educational Programming (BOEP)