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ART 1601: Introduction to Time and Interactivity

Time: Wednesday,  6:00pm - 10:00pm

Place: Regis W248  

Instructor: Jonathan Kaiser


Course Description

This section of 1601 is an introduction to time-based, event-based, and media-oriented creative practices.  We will learn basic techniques for video, sound, and digital image production, while thinking critically about the contemporary social and aesthetic issues that inform our own work and the work of other artists.  Although digital media tools are central to our work, we will discuss ways of integrating elements ranging from pencil drawing to performance.  Experimentation is encouraged!  Emphasis is on developing strong ideas and translating them into engaging finished work, so developing a vocabulary for talking and writing about what we do is just as important as developing a proficiency with our production tools.  Classroom time will include workshops and tutorials, viewings and presentations, discussions, studio work time, and student project critiques.


Course Objectives

To develop a personal relationship to digital media and contemporary art by:

1.  Experiencing, discussing, and critically writing about work and its historical and cultural context.

2.  Cultivating a vision and artistic practice that reflects personal interests and talents, as well as an awareness of global conversations and social issues.

3.  Learning the technical skills to make intentional and well-crafted work with basic digital media production tools.

4.  Making finished art and sharing it with others.



1.     In class verbal participation is important and together with attendance comprises 25% of the final course grade!  Everyone is expected to actively participate in discussions.

2.     Assignments are due at the beginning of class on due date; late assignments will not be accepted under any conditions. Students are expected to practice responsible data management and backup (no "the computer ate my homework" excuses will be accepted.)

3.     The intention of this course is to produce art and to foster open conversations about art and ideas! There are no "DUMB" comments or questions. It is crucial to the intellectual and artistic atmosphere of the class that each student should participate vocally and add to the knowledge pool of the class. Please feel free to engage more reserved classmates in discussions and to give others a chance to talk!

4.    NO surfing the internet or email during class, NO cell phone use in class, NO headphones unless you are using them for a project during designated studio time.  Violating these rules will be treated as an absence from the day's class.



Punctual attendance is critical.  After missing two classes, your grade will be dropped a full letter grade and each subsequent day missed is another full letter grade drop.  Three tardies (more than 10 minutes late) will equal one absence and leaving early will count as tardy.


The studio and the building are open during normal building hours (7am - 11pm M-F, 9am - 6pm Sat, closed Sundays and holidays.)  Equipment Checkout hours are as posted on the Checkout Room door.  Do not ask for access unless the room is open and attended.  You must present your student I.D. card in order to check out any equipment.  Please help conserve energy by turning off lights and computers if you are the last one to leave the studio... your cooperation will be much appreciated.


Departmental policy requires that you must have permission to be in the studio after 11pm and that two persons must be in the studio together after hours.  A security monitor is in the building from 11pm - 3am.  See the instructors for an after-hours permission slip.  The security monitor has been instructed to eject anyone without a permission slip or working alone after 11pm.  You cannot work in Regis Art Center after 3am.



Recommended Supplies:

+ removable storage device for data backup (such as USB flash drive)

+ camera or camera phone



40%            Projects 1-4

25%            Final Project

All Projects must be completed by the beginning of class on the due-date.  The project will be graded on the strength of its concept and the quality of its execution.  Demonstration of sincere effort and personal growth will be taken into account.  

10%            Response writings

There will be 2 required blog posts responding to an artwork of your choice from our class discussions.  Write a three paragraph review discussing the content of the piece and your personal reaction to it.  What was the piece about?  What techniques did the artist use to address the subject matter?  Was the piece effective? Why or why not?

25%            Class participation

Get involved in class! Ask questions and participate in discussions.  Share your interests and your discoveries.  We'll all learn more, and you'll get a better grade too.

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