Course Description:

In this course students are encouraged to conceptualize and realize individually designed creative projects using digital technologies. The course is structured as a research studio and students are expected to do extensive independent work documenting their progress from conceptualization to prototype to the larger artistic context of their projects. Readings and the viewing of current artistic practices in the digital arts complement critiques. Students are required to maintain websites for their projects in this course and should possess the skills necessary to do this.

Wednesday, 10:00 a.m. - Noon and 2:00 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.

Requirements:

Active student participation throughout all aspects of this course will make your experience much more meaningful and is necessary for the successfully completion of the course. Students are expected to be present for all class meetings. Please email me if you must miss a class. More than 2 absences or chronic lateness will seriously jeopardize your standing in this course.

Students will be evaluated based on the following: Participation/attitude, creative/conceptual work, technical dexterity and progress over the term.

Projects:

Student projects can take many forms during this course. However, the term should culminate with a substantial individual piece or a body of work that is fully resolved conceptually and produced completely (any incomplete work will be cause for a marginal pass or failure.) Self-directed research into contemporary artistic practice as it relates to your ideas/work is mandatory and must be documented on your personal websites. This is to include other artist's work and relevant writings (critical essays, reviews, books, book excepts etc.) In tandem with your final art project(s), you are responsible for writing a 5 page paper that fully explores the research you have done this term, the work you create and how the two intersect.

>> I do not accept late work! <<

Research/weblogs/websites:

All students are expected to visit and contribute to the class weblog on a regular basis. Each student is also expected to create and maintain a personal website for this class. All research, documentation, and creative work should be posted on your site for peer review and comments. Individual websites should be updated weekly(or more) and include all of your work for this course. In-class presentation materials should be located on your website. Using a blog to compliment your personal site is entirely acceptable/encouraged. In addition, the links page for this class is a wiki, which allows each of us to add to the page as the term progresses.

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Office hours/help:

I am available for technical help or to discuss individual projects via office hours and email. If you would like to schedule a time to meet with me, please check my calendar (link above) and email me an appropriate time that works with both our schedules. Please do not leave voice mail! I am also readily available via email and will regularly respond within a few hours.

Bang-Geul Han, the Digital Arts Technician has regular help hours each week. For more information, please visit the POD website.

Books:

Readings will be assigned based on our discussions and your work as the term progresses.

Session 1: February 22

Introduction to the course. Discussion of student's written assessment of their work and proposals.
Session 2: March 1

Read: Nicolas Bourriaud, Excerpt from Relational Aesthetics, 1998, Presses du Réel
Morning class: Library lecture on research resources and best practices. (meet in pod at 10:00 a.m.)
Finish review of student work.
Session 3, March 8

Read:
Jean Baudrillard "Precession of the Simulacra" From Art After Modernism, Rethinking Representation, 1984, Godine.

Student presentations:
Max Cantor
Genevieve Belleveau
Forrest England

Session 4: March 15

Read:
Handout from In the Making: Creative Options for Contemporary Art, by Linda Weintraub

Student presentations:

Angela Sheehan
Ryan Moran
Owen Cartwright
Aurora Thornhill

Session 5: March 22

Read: Angela's Handout: Creating Space for a Creative Life, by Stephen Nacmanovitch

Session 6: March 29

Read: Geneveive's selections From The Presentation of the Self in Everyday Life, by Erving Goffman and from Frame Analysis by Erving Goffman.

Student presentations:
Forrest England
Ryan Moran
Max Cantor
Aurora Thornhill

Session 7: April 5

Read: Pages 146-171 From Air Guitar, By Dave Hickey

Student presentations:

Angela Sheehan
Genevieve Belleveau
Owen Cartwright

Session 8: April 12

Long Weekend: NO CLASS
Session 9: April 19

Read: Pages 1-22 From Art Matters, by Peter de Bolla

Student presentations:
Forrest England
Ryan Moran
Max Cantor
Aurora Thornhill
Session 10: April 26

Plan Day: No morning class

Read:
TBA

Student presentations:
Angela Sheehan
Genevieve Belleveau
Owen Cartwright

Session 11: May 3

Read:

TBA

Student presentations:
Forrest England
Ryan Moran
Max Cantor
Aurora Thornhill

Session 12: May 10
Read:
TBA

Student presentations:
Angela Sheehan
Genevieve Belleveau
Owen Cartwright

Session 13: May 17

Registration: No afternoon class

Read:
TBA

Final project discussions and work.
Session 14: May 24

Final project discussions and work.
Session 15: May 31

Last Class. Final projects due. (All work from the term must be complete and located on student web pages by the start of class.)
 
     
       
  Robert Ransick Advanced Projects in Digital Arts, Spring 2006 Bennington College
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