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

Time :: 9am -12 noon Tuesdays+Thursdays Office :: Regis W205
Place :: Regis W248 Office Hours :: 12:00 - 1:00pm
Thursdays and by appointment

Book: Digital Art, Christiane Paul - second edition


This schedule is a guide. It will give you a sense of the pace of the course, with the due dates for each of the major, student-generated, course components. Essential readings, presentations focused on experimental and media artists, and related technical resources will be introduced weekly. Each is intended to cultivate the inquiry and creative work that I expect from all students. My expectations for you are high. When possible, I will respond to student interests in an improvisational manner and shape the course accordingly.

The class blog links you to artistic and technical resources, current cultural events and the work of your classmates. It will be your responsibility to check it regularly to learn about upcoming events and available resources.

ARTS 1601-004

January 17th and January 19th
Week 1
~ Introductions and Seminar Overview
Sensory walk through Regis Center for Art
Visit to the Nash Gallery • post a reflection
Everyday the Same But Different : Record an image a day of the daily changes that you can see in something that is part of your everyday life.

January 24th and January 26th
Week 2
Everyday the Same But Different - mini-critique
Sketch #1 Remix
Exploring photoshop as a medium for making, mixing, and remixing images
Experimenting with the techniques of layers and filters as metaphors for identity

eStudio• tactile images

January 21st and February 2nd and
Week 3

February 9th and 10th
Week 4

February 14th and 16th
Week 5

February 21st and 23rd
Week 6

February 28th and March 1st
Week 7

March 6th and 7th
Week 8 ~

March 13th and 15th
Week 9 ~

March 20th and 22nd
Week 10~

March 27th and 29th
Week 11~

April 3rd and 5th
Week 12 ~

April 10th and 12th
Week 13 ~

April 17th and 19th
Week 14
Collaborative Project studio time

April 24 and 26th
Week 15 ~
Collaborative Project studio time

May 1st and 3rd
Week 16 ~
Collaborative Project studio time

May 8th
Week 17
**Presentation and Critique of Collaborative Project

Course Objectives:

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

  • experimenting with an introductory set of concepts and techniques characteristic of digital media production and contemporary art practices

  • experiencing, reading about, and developing language to discuss the work of experimental and media artists and their participation in and construction of contemporary culture

  • expanding your understanding of the social and cultural context of experimental and media arts and its related technologies

  • cultivating your confidence in your capacity to meet the technical and conceptual challenges that you encounter as you complete your creative work


25% Participation in class and on the blog

20 % Sketches [ •image, •sound, •animation, •video, •digital fabrication ]

25% Artist Presentation, Discussion of text: Digital Art, reflections on exhibitions

30% Collaborative Project

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.


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