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ARTS 1601 Section 004
Introduction to Experimental and Media Arts
Time :: Wednesdays 6 pm – 10 pm
Place :: Regis W123

Professor :: Diane Willow willow@umn.edu
Office :: Regis W205
Office Hours :: 4-5 pm Tuesday and by appointment

Description ::

This Introduction to Experimental and Media Arts is designed to present a range of media, processes and ways of thinking that invite you to explore your development as an artist. The sketches, projects and tools introduced throughout the semester are intended to guide your explorations and to begin to sensitize you to the ways in which the tools that we use shape the ways that we think.

This particular course is centered on an autobiographical approach to the exploration of digital media in general and experimental and new media forms in particular. Studio work is developed and extended through the introduction of theories and concepts relevant to the languages of new media and hybrid forms. This course will contextualize new media practice within the history of contemporary art, emerging technology and digital culture.

A range of tools will be introduced throughout the semester. You are encouraged to take a playful approach to explore these tools, to experiment, and to utilize them in new ways. We will be working with still images, moving images, sound and interaction. The range of experiences that comprise the course are designed to engage you individually, in small groups and as a whole class.

Our course theme centers on the autobiographical as explored through processes that introduce concepts characteristic of digital media. Throughout the course you will have the opportunity to use a range of tools to develop your own experimental and media works. These will be visual, sonic, and interactive in nature. They may be narrative, experimental, realistic or metaphoric.

Your prior knowledge and life experiences are the prerequisites for this course.
You will draw upon these personal resources as you create a series of autobiographical works that portray your evolving sense of yourself.

Evaluation ::

20% ~ In Class and Blog Participation
10% ~ Artist Presentation
10% ~ Project #1 ~ Collaborative Portrait
15% ~ Project #2 ~ Sound Art
15% ~ Project #3 ~ Experimental Video
15% ~ Project #4 ~ Processing
15% ~ Independent Project


Attendance ::
1. Attendance and Ongoing Participation in this course is required of all students.
2. You are required to email me if you will be absent.
3. If essential you are granted 1 absence from class
4. 2 absences will affect your final grade by 1/3 grade point per missed class (eg… an A will become an A-). A total of 4 missed class periods (including “free? misses) will constitute a failing grade and the student will be asked to withdraw from the course.
5. Arriving more than 10 minutes late or leaving 10 minutes early is considered a missed class period.
6. Content presented in class is not repeated. You wll be responsible to make up the content of missed classes.
7. “IN CLASS STUDIO WORK? time is REQUIRED – all students are expected to have their work in class and be working on class projects during these class periods.
8. Open Studio Time is time that you may work on your projects outside of the W121
teaching studio.

University Grading Standards ::
A: Achievement that is outstanding relative to the level necessary to meet the course
B: Achievement that is significantly above the level necessary to meet the course requirements.
C: Achievement that meets the course requirements.
D: achievement is worthy of credit even though it does not meet the course requirements.
S: Achievement that is satisfactory and equivalent to a C- or higher.
F/N: Represents failure (no credit) and signifies that the work was either (1) completed but at a level of achievement that was not worthy of credit or (2) was not completed and there was no agreement between the instructor and student that the student would be awarded an “I?.
“I?: Incomplete – assigned at the discretion of the instructor when due to extra-ordinary circumstances, e.g. hospitalization, a student is prevented from completing the work on time. Requires a written agreement between the instructor and the student.

Academic Dishonesty ::
Academic dishonesty for any portion of the academic work for a course shall be grounds for awarding a grade of F or N for the entire course.

Disruptive Conduct ::
All activities in the University, including this course, are governed by the University of
Minnesota Student Conduct Code. Students who engage in behavior that disrupts the learning environment for others may be subject to disciplinary action under the Code. In addition, students responsible for such behavior may be asked to cancel their registration (or have their registration cancelled).