Mona Lisa Overdrive

a media studies + biology program

Fall/Winter 2014 @ Evergreen

Wiscon, May 2015 • Madison, WI

Teaching Science Fiction

“We will undertake this journey by navigating a conceptual double helix that bridges introductory life science and introductory media studies (analyzing film, television, and new media). Such a schema involves thinking through how research and ideas about the nature of life have been shaped by media technologies and representations, and vice versa.”

“We will undertake this journey by navigating a conceptual double helix that bridges introductory life science and introductory media studies (analyzing film, television, and new media). Such a schema involves thinking through how research and ideas about the nature of life have been shaped by media technologies and representations, and vice versa.”

TOPICS

Frankenstein

Zombies / Parasites

Scientific Visualization

CGI / Simulation

“We will undertake this journey by navigating a conceptual double helix that bridges introductory life science and introductory media studies (analyzing film, television, and new media). Such a schema involves thinking through how research and ideas about the nature of life have been shaped by media technologies and representations, and vice versa.”

TOPICS

Frankenstein

Zombies / Parasites

Scientific Visualization

CGI / Simulation

Genetic Engineering

Cloning / Eugenics

Biotechnology

Cyberpunk / Biopunk

“We will undertake this journey by navigating a conceptual double helix that bridges introductory life science and introductory media studies (analyzing film, television, and new media). Such a schema involves thinking through how research and ideas about the nature of life have been shaped by media technologies and representations, and vice versa.”

TOPICS

Frankenstein

Zombies / Parasites

Scientific Visualization

CGI / Simulation

Genetic Engineering

Cloning / Eugenics

Biotechnology

Cyberpunk / Biopunk

Godzilla (Animal Monsters)

Swamp Thing (Plant Monsters)

Shark Week (Docufiction)

Ecology

assignments

academic research on the scientific basis or inaccuracies of a sci-fi television premise

assignments

academic research on the scientific basis or inaccuracies of a sci-fi television premise

visit a science museum and write a response to a display

• What scientific concepts did the exhibits highlight? Which were familiar and which were new to you? Which would you be most interested in exploring further?

• Who seems like intended audience for these exhibits? Is the way that they present science similar to or different from how we've been learning it in an academic context?

• How were the exhibits as a whole and the individual displays designed? How did these design choices shape the messages and experiences of the exhibits?

Write a research-based critical response…

assignments

create a fantastical organism

  • individual writing/sketching prompts to develop concept (evolution, physiology, ecological role, representation)
  • formation of groups, proposal for a creative project
  • final presentations (peer reviewed)
  • student work included: mock academic panel, alien planet field report, comic book, short films

“fantastical organism”

sample sketches

by Beth Krantz

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