|A||Outstanding||Insightful, generous, energetic||Excellent form & content||Always prepared for class, makes intelligent & considered contributions||Always present, work in on time|
|B||Good||Inquisitive, engaged||Good form & content||Usually prepared for class, able to make interesting contributions||Always present, work in on time|
|C||Average||Just sufficient||Holds together, but unconvincing||Not always prepared, only able to make obligatory contributions||Misses some classes, work sometimes late|
|D||Poor||Limited, formulaic||Work thrown together just before class||Only makes very limited contributions||Excessive absences, work late & incomplete|
|F||Unsatisfactory||Virtually none||Virtually none||Makes almost no contribution||Absent most of the time|
Your grade will be based on your projects, your reading response papers, and your class participation. For all writing assignments, you can refer to Strunk & White’s The Elements of Style for a classic guide to clean prose style. You may not receive any grades in writing until mid-semester, although I will make every effort to evaluate projects as they are completed. If you need feedback on how your work in the course is being received, you may meet with me during office hours.
Grade allocation is as follows:
Final project - 35%
Project 1 - 20%
Project 2 - 20%
Reading responses + code assignments - 15%
Class participation - 10%
Finished projects will be graded based on clarity of concept, effectiveness of formal strategies, integration of content and form, and level of technical skill demonstrated. All assignments will be graded on a scale of four. Your final course grade will be determined as follows: 4=A; 3.67=A-; 3.33=B+; 3=B; 2:67=B-; 2.33=C+; 2=C; 1.67=C-; 1.33=D+; 1=D; .67=D-; below this is an F. Once issued, all grades are final and will not be changed unless a student hands in a substantially revised project within the time limits allowed. I reserve the right to determine borderline grades on a case-by-case basis. If you have questions about how grades are assigned in this course, please bring them up at the beginning of the semester, not the end.
Friday, August 31st
Week 1: Introduction & Expectationst
Assessment of student skill levels & interests, introduction to course goals & expectations, review of evaluation methods and critique protocols.
Demo: HTML, server protocol
Practice: W3C schools + evaluators, Rhizome ArtBase, Turbulence, net art discussion + announcement lists
Assignment due next week: Read pages 8-28 of Internet Art and the article The World Wide Web (Tim Berners-Lee et al) in The New Media Reader, pp 792-277, or as a PDF download on Pipeline. For your written response, answer the following question in 1-2 paragraphs: what do you think was the most important precursor to net art, and why? Your answer could emphasize either an artistic development or a technological development.
Friday, September 7th
Week 2: Network Protocols
Theory: What is http? History of the Internet and World Wide Web; deep structures of the web; servers, packets and processing; the hyperlink.
Practice: HTML, IDEs (Dreamweaver, BBEdit, etc.), FTP
Assignment due next week: Read Chapter 1 (pp 31-70) of Internet Art. For your written response, answer the following question in 1-2 paragraphs: which of the early net art works described in this chapter were you most interested in, and why?
Friday, September 14th
Week 3: Hyptertext and net.art
Theory: Hypertext and mark-up languages, Ted Nelson & Tim Berners-Lee
History: New media pre-histories; hypertext narratives; the original net.artists; Cosic, Lialina, My Boyfriend Came Back from the War and other HTML-based works; text and frames in early HTML
Practice: HTML + CSS
Assignment due next week: Visit the Rhizome ArtBase, conduct a search using the keywords “hypertext” or “net.art,” and spend some time interacting with at least one of the net art works that comes up as a result of your search. Make sure to grab a screenshot from one of the pages you view. For your written response, describe the work you viewed, paying particular attention to the way your interaction with its content was structured by the form, strategies and/or particular technologies used by the artist. Using TextWrangler or gEdit, code your response as an HTML page. Include the screenshot you grabbed earlier, using in-line styling to format the page and resize the image, and email the .html file to the instructor. Make sure to preview your HTML page in a browser before you submit it.
Friday, September 21st
Week 4: Computational Aesthetics
Theory: logic + math for programming, variables + strings, arrays, algorithms and computational aesthetics; content v. form and form as content in new media
History: John F. Simon Jr., Andy Deck, Michael Takeo Magruder, Ricardo Miranda Zuniga
Assignment due next week: Read Chapter 2 (pp 73-116) of Internet Art. For your written response, describe at least two different ways that the net artists discussed in this chapter have appropriated, adapted and subverted existing forms of mass media or network culture. Using TextWrangler or gEdit, code your response as an HTML page, using a header style script to format the page, and email the .html file to the instructor. Make sure to preview your HTML page in a browser before you submit it.
Friday, September 28th
Week 5: Scripting the Page
Theory: Early conceptions of the web as a string of discrete pages; one-page projects; animating + ultimately multiplying the page
History: The gallery of classic GIFs; the advent of the pop-up ad and the rise of the pop-up blocker; jodi.org; Fakeshop
Friday, October 5th
Week 6: Hello World: Inviting Interaction
HTML project due – in-class presentation/critique of projects
Theory: the “world models” of different programming languages; DOM & event handling; online identities; early interactive projects
History: Eliza, Adrienne Jelinek’s Eliza Redux
Assignments due next week: 1) Revise/debug your HTML project in response to the feedback you received in class. Once you are sure that your project has arrived at the version you wish to be graded on, use Fugu to open up an FTP/SCP connection to your folder on the CS server, create a directory in that folder called “public_html,” and copy your project folder into the new folder on the CS server. If you have completed the transfer correctly, you should now have a publicly accessible website at http://personal.stevens.edu/~yourusername. 2) Read pages 119-144 of Internet Art (Sections: Infowar and Tactical Media in Practice, Data Visualization and Databases). For your written response, answer the following question in 1-2 paragraphs: what is the importance of database form for net art, according to Greene and/or those she quotes in this chapter?
Friday, October 12th
Week 7: Database + Interface
Theory: database narratives, data visualization, data aesthetics, and connecting back-end data to front-end interfaces
History: form art; Lisa Jevbratt, Andrea Polli, the McCoys, the Warm Database, “Database Imaginary” at Banff
Practice: HTML forms with back-end scripts, prepping multimedia content
Assignment due next week: Read pages 173-178 of Internet Art (Section: Voyeurism and Surveillance).
Assignment due in two weeks: Database Project: Construct a project that maps/visualizes/narrates data. Your source data could be drawn from an existing public database (for example, census data, news aggregators, social networking sties, or weather patterns) or it could be data specifically requested by you, input by users through a form and stored in a database of your own design. In the second case, please plan ahead and talk to the instructor about access to/help with database setup. If you want to work with dynamic data, you will need to put your project online, so please notify me of that as well. You can also collect your data from offline sources, organize it into a database structure, and then visualize it in a web-based form.
Friday, October 19th
Week 8: Mining + Mapping
Theory: data aesthetics, data mining, locative media, “critical” cartography
History: the Situationist precedent, “[ctrl] space: Rhetorics of Surveillance” and “Making Things Public” at ZKM; Atlas of Radical Cartography; Picture Projects, FutureFarmers, Angie Eng, M.T. Magruder, kanarinka/The Institute for Infinitely Small Things, C5
Practice: using PHPmyAdmin to manage a pre-built database, design for mobile devices, on- and off-line interaction design
Assignment due next week: Database Project: Once your project is complete, create a folder for your project in your MacLab server folder, give the new folder the title “yourname_netart_project2,” and make sure that your splash page is titled “index.html” or “index.php.” As always, make sure you preview your project in a browser several times before class, and also come prepared to present your work to your peers.
Friday, October 26th
Week 9: Open and Closed Sources
Database project due – in-class presentation/critique of projects
Theory: The GNU Manifesto, FLOSS, Creative Commons, and the ethics/aesthetics of open-source versus proprietary codebases; browser art
History: hacktivism, tactical media, contagious media; Jonah Brucker-Cohen, Mongrel, Electronic Disturbance Theater, Blackness for Sale, Google Will Eat Itself, Fundrace
Practice: VersionTracker, Freshmeat, & other aggregator sites for open-source tools
Assignments due next week: 1) Revise/debug your Database project in response to the feedback you received in class. Make sure that by next week, you have transferred the final version of your project folder to the “public_html” folder in your CS server folder. 2) Read pages 180-212 of Internet Art. For your response, take one of the works described in this chapter or discussed in class, look at it online using the View Source command, and try to draw a diagram of the structure of the work as a whole – how the different pages connect to each other, what interactions are possible and what pathways they open up, and so on.
Friday, November 2nd
Week 10: Designing the Site
Theory: Dreamweaver, Flash & designing for sites vs. pages; the visual / multimedia web
History: Christina McPhee; Young-Hae Chang Heavy Industries
Practice: HTML + Dreamweaver, designing project pathways
Assignment due next week: Submit a proposal for your final project to the instructor by email. Your proposal should include a 1-2 paragraph description of the project concept and content, an outline of the form/strategies/techniques you will use to build the project, and a diagram of the project’s structure in the format discussed in class.
Friday, November 9th
Week 11: Dynamic Processes
Guest Lecturer: Multimedia Designer Rob Durbin
Rob Durbin has designed websites, CD-ROMs and multimedia presentations for a wide range of clients, collaborated with artists, and also taught the Pratt Institute’s introductory multimedia class for many years. He will talk about web design using multimedia content, dynamic structures and processes, for both commercial and artistic uses, and will give you an overview of the capabilities of and differences between Flash, Proce55ing and Nodebox.
Assignments due next week: 1) Read pages 152-170 of Internet Art (Section: Generative and Software Art). 2) Schedule a meeting with the instructor during the next week to discuss your final project proposal.
Friday, November 16th
Week 12: Generative Art
Theory: Generative and software-based net art
History: Casey Fry, Ben Reas & the development of Proce55ing; MIT Press Proce55ing commissions; Andy Deck’s useful systems; Runme.org; Carnivore
Practice: basics of Proce55ing; dev libs; pre-built libraries & toolkits
Assignment due in two weeks: Final Project: Your final project can be constructed in any form around any content, pending instructor approval of your proposal. You should be prepared to present your project in progress to the class in two weeks.
Friday, November 23rd – no class – Happy Thanksgiving!
Friday, November 29th
Week 13: Final Projects In-Progress Critique / Tech Consults
First versions of final projects due – in-class presentation/critique of projects
Final projects in-progress will be presented to the class for critique and debugging. We will then have a lab period, during which the instructor will be available for tech consults and individual meetings, and will talk about building index pages for your “public_html” folders that will make all the projects in that folder accessible to the public.
Friday, December 7th
Week 14: Final Projects Launch
Final versions of final projects due – in-class presentation of projects
Last week of class! We will launch our final projects to the public (and each other) online. Make sure to have all the elements of your project uploaded to our class folder on the Stevens web server in a folder titled with your name. As always, make sure you preview your project in a browser several times before class, and also come prepared to present your work to your peers.