Digital Art & New Media 2014

Digital Art & New Media 2014 This NYU Gallatin Arts Workshop explores Digital Art & New Media.

This arts workshop seeks to bring students from varying backgrounds together to engage in evaluating and developing digital new media for the Internet and other new media art installations. The Internet makes possible a powerful new kind of student-centered, constructivist learning by collecting at a single site a phenomenal array of learning and creative resources that can be explored with simple point-and-click skills: photos, text, animation, audio and film materials. Emerging new media technologies allow cross-development and implementation to the Internet. Each student brings to the class a set of experiences and skills, such as research, writing, design, film, music, photography, computer gaming, performance, illustration, computer literacy, software knowledge or Internet experience. Through lectures, including a survey of digital new media currently on the Internet, group discussions, field trips and workshops, focusing on their personal skills, students will develop individual projects. The workshop will deconstruct innovative new media instillations, inventions, computer games, film, that use digital new media, as well as discuss concepts, content strategies, and frameworks that bridge theory and practice. Class projects, readings, writings, and Blog journal-keeping are essential components of this course. Students are encouraged to supply their own media.

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Week #1 (September 4th, 2014): Overview of course: syllabus and Class #1 assignments discussed. Instructions on how to set up personal BLOG and DELICIOUS sites. Readings: Borges’ The Garden of Forking Paths. Required New Media websites to be reviewed each week: BoingBoing, PSFK.com, The Creators Project, Toxel.com, and Professor Ken Perlin’s New Media Blog. Demos of New Media websites. Each student is required to set up an individual one-on-one meeting with Cynthia Allen to discuss their Final Project ideas.

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NYU Gallatin School of Individualized Study
Fall 2014 Semester
DIGITAL NEW MEDIA, ARTS-UG 1635

Course Dates:
September 4th – December 12th
Thursday: 3:30 p.m. – 6:10 p.m.

Classroom Location: Office Location & Hours:
Room 365 Room 619
GCASL 1 Washington Place
238 Thompson Street Thursday 1:00 – 3:00

Cynthia Allen
(212) 463-7617
[email protected]
or
[email protected]

Course Description:

This workshop seeks to bring students from varying backgrounds together to engage in evaluating and developing digital new media for the Internet and other new media art installations. The Web makes possible a powerful new kind of student-centered, constructivist learning by collecting at a single site a phenomenal array of learning and creative resources that can be explored with simple point-and-click skills: photos, text, animation, audio and film materials. Emerging new media technologies allow cross-development and implementation to the Web. Each student brings to the class a set of experiences and skills, such as research, writing, design, film, music, photography, computer gaming, performance, illustration, computer literacy, software knowledge or Internet experience. Through lectures, including a survey of digital new media currently on the Internet, group discussions, field trips and workshops focusing on their personal skills, students will develop individual projects. The workshop will deconstruct innovative Web sites, computer and video games, film, using digital new media, as well as discuss concepts, content strategies, and frameworks that bridge theory and practice. Class projects, readings, writings, and Blog journal-keeping are essential components of this course. Students are encouraged to supply their own media.


Weekly Assignments:
Since this class will vary each week, depending on speakers, field trips and updates on new media, at the beginning of each class, I will pass out hard copies of the assignments for the following week. I will also send an e-mail to each student of these assignments each week. I will also develop a GoogleDocs or Facebook link for weekly assignments.

Readings:
There will be selected readings from The New Media Reader by Noah Wardrip-Fruin and Nick Montfort that are online:

http://www.newmediareader.com/about.html

http://games.soe.ucsc.edu/people/noah-wardrip-fruin

Additional Readings:
Students will be given online articles or website links of assigned readings on aspects of digital new media at the start of each new class. Since Digital Art and New Media is constantly evolving and new technologies are profiled weekly, online articles or website links assigned will relate to topics in the news, as well as history of the topics discussed.

Lab Assignments:
Students will be assigned Web sites and online tutorials to look up outside of class. These Web sites and online tutorials will reflect the books and the articles assigned, as well as new media, DVD and website demonstrations.

In addition, blogs and/or DELICIOUS links account (http://delicious.com/) will be used to encourage the class to share information on particular topics. In addition, students may be assigned other new media websites as experiments, such as GoogleDocs.

Deliverables:

1. There will be a weekly BLOG report, articles and their links posted DELICIOUS, and a final new media project. The BLOG can be set up, where, on a weekly basis, the student can submit a summary of the article or the chapter read, ideas and reflections concerning the class material covered.

2. The final project is a digital new media project (to be approved by November 6th). I will meet with each student at least twice before November 6th to review potential final projects. The digital new media project should involve a Web site construction (supply Web site links) or an interactive piece delivered on a CD or DVD.

3. The final project is due the last day of class on Thursday, December 11th. BLOG reports are due on the before 1:00 p.m. each Thursday. If any of the BLOG reports are late, without a verifiable and good excuse, it may result in a reduced grade. Your grade is based on 13 BLOG reports: (25% of your grade), class attendance and participation (25% of your grade) and final project (50% of your grade).

4. BLOG reports should include a one-page summary of the article, lecture, DVD or pages from assigned readings. The reports should be used as a departure point for the student to express his or her own views of the subject matter. The student is expected to incorporate ideas mentioned in the classroom discussions.

5. BLOG reports will be based on assigned readings, lab assignments, field trips and DVDs/videos for the course. The final project will be discussed and agreed upon during an Office Hour or other outside of class meeting with the instructor; a verification of the scope of the project will be sent via e-mail to instructor.

6. There will be guest speakers relating to the state-of-the-art of digital new media. Some of the guests may include Professor Ken Perlin, Noah Wardrip-Fruin, Eric Rosenthal (former VP of Walt Disney R & D), gaming experts, and others.

7. Attendance is taken and is an integral part of your grade. More than one missed class without a written excuse by a doctor or some other professional may result in a reduced grade.

8. Incompletes: asking for an incomplete needs to based on a “good reason.” The student must request the incomplete in writing (or e-mail) before December 12th.

NYU Plagiarism Policy:

“As a Gallatin student you belong to an interdisciplinary community of artists and scholars who value honest and open intellectual inquiry. This relationship depends on mutual respect, responsibility, and integrity. Failure to uphold these values will be subject to severe sanction, which may include dismissal from the University. Examples of behaviors that compromise the academic integrity of the Gallatin School include plagiarism, illicit collaboration, doubling or recycling coursework, and cheating. Please consult the Gallatin Bulletin or Gallatin website http://www.gallatin.nyu.edu/academics/policies/policy/integrity.html
for a full description of the academic integrity policy.”

Policy on Electronic Devices (laptops, tablets, cell phones, etc.):

There will be no use of computer laptops, tablets or cell phones during the class. Students will be given breaks during the course. If a student is seen using a electronic device without permission, then that student will be given a warning about not using the device. If the student persists in using the electronic device during class, then the student may be asked to leave. This may result in a lower grade.

Session-by-session details:

Week #1 (September 4th, 2014): Overview of course: syllabus and Class #1 assignments discussed. Instructions on how to set up personal BLOG and DELICIOUS sites. Readings: Borges’ The Garden of Forking Paths. Required New Media websites to be reviewed each week: BoingBoing, PSFK.com, The Creators Project, Toxel.com, and Professor Ken Perlin’s New Media Blog. Demos of New Media websites. Each student is required to set up an individual one-on-one meeting with Cynthia Allen to discuss their Final Project ideas.

Week #2 (September 11th, 2014): Class discussion on assigned readings: Borges’ The Garden of Forking Paths. Discussion on assigned New Media websites. Each student will show his or her Blog and Delicious site. Class will have access to each student’s Blog and Delicious website. Student class list of Blog and Delicious websites will be e-mailed to each student. Professor Ken Perlin’s past New Media research via DVD documentaries will be shown (demo on what Professor Perlin’s Academy Award for Scientific and Technical Achievement was for). Potential final Project topics and implementation of New Media for these projects discussed. Cynthia Allen will e-mail class list of website links on topics presented and discussed.

Week #3 (September 18th, 2014): Class visit to Professor Ken Perlin’s Media Research Lab. Ken Perlin lecture on his Lab’s research and on his innovative New Media projects. Class assignment will be to Blog on visit to Professor Ken Perlin’s Media Research Lab and his lecture and to post on their Delicious links to what Professor Perlin discussed. Assignments of New Media articles from BoingBoing, PSFK.com, The Creators Project, Toxel.com, and Professor Ken Perlin’s New Media Blog (To Be Determined as each day there are different updates on New Media). Cynthia Allen will e-mail class list of website links on topics presented and discussed during class.


Week #4 (September 25th, 2014): Class discussion on Professor Ken Perlin’s Media Research Lab and research. Each student will demo a topic culled from . Assignments on New Media articles from BoingBoing, PSFK.com, The Creators Project, Toxel.com, and Professor Ken Perlin’s New Media Blog (To Be Determined as each day there are different updates on New Media).
Class discussion on these New Media topics. Potential final Project topics and implementation of New Media for these projects discussed. Cynthia Allen will e-mail class list of website links on topics presented and discussed during class.


Week #5 (October 2nd, 2014): Possible visit to New Media exhibits at Chelsea Galleries or MoMA (to be determined, depending on exhibits available). Assignments of New Media articles from BoingBoing, PSFK.com, The Creators Project, Toxel.com., and Professor Ken Perlin’s New Media Blog (To Be Determined as each day there are different updates on New Media). Each student is required to set up a 2nd individual one-on-one meeting with Cynthia Allen to discuss their Final Project ideas and New Media implementation of their ideas. Cynthia Allen will e-mail class list of website links on topics presented and discussed.


Week #6 (October 9th, 2014): Student demos of Final Project ideas. Assignments on New Media articles from BoingBoing, PSFK.com, The Creators Project, Toxel.com, and Professor Ken Perlin’s New Media Blog (To Be Determined as each day there are different updates on New Media).
Class discussion on these New Media topics. Cynthia Allen will e-mail class list of website links on topics presented and discussed during class.


Week #7 (October 16th, 2014): Assignments on New Media articles from BoingBoing, PSFK.com, The Creators Project, Toxel.com., and Professor Ken Perlin’s New Media Blog (To Be Determined as each day there are different updates on New Media). Class discussion on these New Media topics. Cynthia Allen will e-mail class list of website links on topics presented and discussed during class.


Week #8 (October 23rd, 2014): Assignments on New Media articles from BoingBoing, PSFK.com, The Creators Project, Toxel.com, and Professor Ken Perlin’s New Media Blog (To Be Determined as each day there are different updates on New Media). Class discussion on these New Media topics. Cynthia Allen will e-mail class list of website links on topics presented and discussed during class.


Week #9 (October 30th, 2014): Potential guest lecturer on Computer Game Design. Each student is required to set up a 2nd individual one-on-one meeting with Cynthia Allen to discuss their Final Project ideas and New Media implementation of their ideas. Cynthia Allen will e-mail class list of website links on topics presented and discussed during class.


Week #10 (November 6th, 2014): Back-up date for guest lecturer, or Chelsea Galleries or museum exhibits visits. If no lecture or field trip then student demonstrations on development of Final Project ideas. Assignments on New Media articles from BoingBoing, PSFK.com, The Creators Project, Toxel.com, and Professor Ken Perlin’s New Media Blog (To Be Determined as each day there are different updates on New Media). Class discussion on these New Media topics. Cynthia Allen will e-mail class list of website links on topics presented and discussed during class.


Week #11 (November 13th, 2014): Student demonstrations on development of Final Project ideas. Assignments on New Media articles from BoingBoing, PSFK.com, The Creators Project, Toxel.com, and Professor Ken Perlin’s New Media Blog (To Be Determined as each day there are different updates on New Media). Class discussion on these New Media topics. Cynthia Allen will e-mail class list of website links on topics presented and discussed during class.


Week #12 (November 20th, 2014): Assignments on New Media articles from BoingBoing, PSFK.com, The Creators Project, Toxel.com, and Professor Ken Perlin’s New Media Blog (To Be Determined as each day there are different updates on New Media). Class discussion on these New Media topics. Cynthia Allen will e-mail class list of website links on topics presented and discussed during class.


Week #13 (December 4th, 2014): Final Project demonstrations. Cynthia Allen will e-mail class list of website links on topics presented and discussed during class.


Week #14 (December 11th, 2014): Final Project demonstrations. Discussion: What have you learned this semester? Final questions and/or comments?" Cynthia Allen will e-mail class list of website links on topics presented and discussed during class.

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