About

ARTS 1601 Section 002 Introduction to Experimental and Media Arts
Professor :: Diane Willow
willow@umn.edu

Time :: Tuesdays + Thursdays
6 pm - 10 pm Office :: Regis W205
Place :: Regis W248 Office Hours :: 4:30-5:30 pm Thursdays and by appointment

Course 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 and concepts that highlight the characteristics 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 utilize digital media to portray your evolving sense of yourself.

Course Objectives
To develop a personal relationship to digital media and contemporary art by:
1. Experiencing, reading about, and discussing art works and the historical and cultural contexts that influence its production.
2. Learning the basic technical skills to make intentional and well-crafted work with digital media production tools.
2. Cultivating a vision and artistic practice that reflects personal interests and talents, as well as an awareness of global conversations and social issues.
4. Making finished art and sharing it with others.

Participation
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 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.


Attendance
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.

Access
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.

For your own safety, DO NOT PROP DOORS OPEN and DO NOT OPEN DOORS FOR ANYONE.

Required Supplies:
~ Digital Art [second edition] by Christiane Paul [Thames & Hudson, 2008]
~ External Firewire hard disk formatted for Mac


Recommended Supplies:
~ camera or camera phone


Evaluation ::
In Class and Blog Participation :: 20%
Reflections :: 10%
Sketches #1 - 5 :: 50%
Independent Project :: 20%


::: All Projects must be completed by the beginning of class on the due-date. The project will be evaluated on the strength of its concept and the quality of its realization. Demonstration of sincere effort and personal growth will be considered as part of the project evaluation.. :::


Your participation is essential. Your unique perspective, the things that you wonder about, the questions that you ask, the experiences that you share will make this course interesting for you and everyone else in the class.

University Grading Policy:
A Achievement that is outstanding relative to the level necessary to meet the course requirements.
B Achievement that is significantly above the level necessary to meet the course requirements.
C Achievement that meets the course requirements.
D Achievement that is worthy of credit even though it does not meet the course requirements.
S Represents achievement that is satisfactory, which is equivalent to a C- or better.
F/N Represents failure and signifies that the work was either (1) completed but at a level of achievement that is not worthy of credit or (2) was not completed and there was no agreement between the instructor and the student that the student would be awarded an I.
*** NO INCOMPLETE GRADES WILL BE GIVEN FOR THIS CLASS ***



Course Schedule:

Week 1 [6/14 + 6/16]
Introductions and Course Overview
Sketch #1 Collaborative Portraits (digital images)
Field assignment: Visit the Nash Gallery exhibition and post a reflection

Week 2 [6/21 + 6/23]
***Presentation of Sketch #1 and participation in our 1st critique of the semester.
Sketch #2 Dynamic Drawing | Moving Text (interactive art)
• Introduction to Artist Presentations
Field Assignment:

Week 3 [6/28 + 6/30]
***Presentation of Sketch #2 and participation in our 2nd critique of the semester
• Introduction to Sketch #3 - Sound Portrait (sound)
• Artist Presentations
Field Assignment:

Week 4 [7/5 + 7/7]
***Presentation of Sketch #3 and participation in an online critique process
• Introduction to Sketch #4 - A Day in My Life (animation)
Guest Artist: Steve Paul
Field Assignment:

Week 5 [7/12 + 7/14]
***Presentation of Sketch #4 and participation in our 4th critique of the semester.
• Introduction to Sketch #5 - Parts of a Whole (video)
• Artist Presentations
Field Trip: 7/14 • 6:30pm :: MCAD • Auditorium 150 :: McKnight Visual Artists Panel and Exhibition

Week 6 [7/19 + 7/21]
Studio Time Sketch #5 - Parts of a Whole
***Presentation of Sketch #5 and participation in our 5th critique of the semester.
• Artist Presentations
Field Assignment:

Week 7 [7/26 + 7/28]
Studio Time: Independent Projects
• Artist Presentations
Field Assignment:

Week 8 [8/2]
Independent Project Presentations

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