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Swanson, Joel Eric Assistant Professor

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  • Joel Swanson’s work chiefly explores the failings and ironic glitches of linguistic systems. Swanson’s work ranges from digital art to sculpture to interactive installation. Thematically his work explores the structures and technologies of language, their materialities, and their modes of signification. Swanson teaches courses on digital art, typography, and media theory. His artwork has been exhibited nationally and internationally at institutions such as the Broad Museum in Lansing, The Power Plant in Toronto, a solo show at the Museum of Contemporary Art Denver, and recently in the 2017 Venice Biennale.

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  • technology, technology studies, language, art, text art, typography, design, creative technology

Teaching

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  • ATLS 1300 - Computational Foundations 1
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018
    Instructs non-computer science students in analyzing problems and synthesizing programs for the solution,emphasizing good engineering practices for program construction, documentation, testing, and debugging. Uses Java for programming projects. Formerly ATLS 2010.
  • ATLS 4130 - Typography
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2018 / Fall 2019
    This course is an advanced investigation of typography for visual communication and expression. Emphasis is placed on the analysis of meaning as conveyed through materials, technology, and design. Projects are experimental and are designed to challenge you to expand your understanding of the function of typography in communication, design, art, and culture. Same as ATLS 5130.
  • ATLS 4519 - Advanced Special Topics in Technology, Arts, and Media
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2018
    Analyzes special interest areas of multidisciplinary technology, arts and media research and practice. May be repeated up to 32 total credit hours.
  • ATLS 5130 - Typography
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2018 / Fall 2019
    This course is an advanced investigation of typography for visual communication and expression. Emphasis is placed on the analysis of meaning as conveyed through materials, technology, and design. Projects are experimental and are designed to challenge you to expand your understanding of the function of typography in communication, design, art, and culture. Same as ATLS 4130.
  • ATLS 5519 - Advanced Special Topics in Technology, Arts, and Media
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2019
    Analyzes special interest areas of multidisciplinary technology, arts and media research and practice. May be repeated up to 9 total credit hours for different topics.

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