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Black, August John

Assistant Professor


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research overview

  • Assistant Professor August Black is a hybrid practitioner of art, design and engineering. He makes experimental spatial and acoustic situations, often by building his own technological artifacts and instruments in hardware and software. His past work focused on live networked audio, mixing FM radio with user input through online software. His current interests span the fields of the philosophy of technology, software studies, techno-politics, peer-to-peer networking and AI/machine learning.


  • software art, radio art, community building, media activism



courses taught

  • 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.
  • CMDP 2100 - Approaches to Historical Media Practices
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2019 / Spring 2020 / Fall 2020 / Spring 2021 / Fall 2021 / Spring 2022 / Fall 2022
    Investigate historical and cultural discourses in the formation of media practices. Examines practices such as performance media; cinematic media, media art, and their aesthetic alignment to cognate movements throughout history.
  • CMDP 3510 - Critical Media Practices Workshop II
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2021
    Training in narrow topics of media practices. Open to CMCI students and by permission of the instructor. May be repeated up to 7 total credit hours.
  • CMDP 3600 - Creative Media Making
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2021 / Spring 2022
    Focus on developing an understanding of the principles, forms and aesthetics of media production. Working in design groups on small-scale media preproduction and production exercises, screenings and critiques, students learn creative solutions to problems in realizing expressive media projects. Formerly CMDP 2600.
  • CMDP 4931 - Internship
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2021


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