INTERNET ART: networks, performative programming, and web as context for art
Ohio State University Department of Art – Art & Tech
Fall 2016, Tues & Thurs 3:55-6:40
356 Hopkins Hall
Assistant Professor: Isla Hansen
Office Hours: TBA & by appointment – 150 Hopkins or ACCAD
This course examines the history, theory, and practice of making art on the web. Beginning with early examples of systems theory, we will trace the utopian ideals of the web’s origin to the commercial and social complexity of the net today. We will examine: models of information exchange, early net.art communities, monetary exchange in the art world and the digital realm, net porn as early adopter of technology, social networks, data surveillance and visualization, political and virtual online identities, experimental game design and game-related art, hacking as both social and antisocial, programming as performance, DIY communities, egalitarianism in a digital society, contemporary art in and about the web, and the concept of “post-internet.”
- Examine the early history and development of both the internet as information technology and of internet art as subculture
- Create websites, style sheets, digital drawing machines, interactive programs, games, and custom software applications
- Experiment with different ways of using programming languages and digital toolkits to explore new concepts, resist dominant commercial web culture, or reach new audiences through the network
- As individuals, continuously redefine our artistic methods and goals as we better understand ourselves in relation to a greater art world, history, and an immense broader culture
- As a collective group, continuously redefine what it means to be an artist making work on, for, with, against, or about the internet
Student Learning Outcomes
- Students should be able to creatively express their ideas through contextual site-specific works on the internet that could take a wide variety of forms including, but not limited to, websites, videos, communication and correspondence, browser extensions, custom software programs, animations, more…
- Students should gain an understanding of the tools and techniques used in web art and related fields, and should demonstrate an ability to critically recognize and analyze the ways in which these tools are being put to use by artist as well as commercial industry, military researchers, technologists…
- Students should gain an understanding for the cultural history and theory that surrounds: the development of the network, early web art, contemporary internet art, and the term “post-internet” as it relates to the art world
- Students should demonstrate an ability to discuss, articulate, and generate new ideas in relation to the critical dialogue that surrounds digital media, internet art, and the other learning outcomes as listed above
This schedule is subject to changes. It will be updated online and I will notify you of dramatic differences in class and, if necessary, via reminder emails. Each class I will post to the blog the assignments & reading for the next class as well as art you should be looking at.
Go over syllabus, internet experiments
Assignment: Get lost on the internet (find art!), post to the blog
Read: Rachel Greene’s “Web Work: A History of Internet Art”
A history of the Network, early internet art, tactical surfing
blog logistics, sign up for readings
Assignment: surfing & trail blazing – blog posts
Project 1: NETWORK – DUE THURS. 9/1
Read: Fred Turner excerpts, Curt Cloninger Excerpts
Optional reading TBA
Web sites as art, Intro to HTML
Assignment: Keep brainstorming about your new site and work on it– it could even relate to your network, which is due next class !
CodeAcademy & Lynda HTML tutorials
PROJECT 1 DUE!
HTML, FTP, CSS, Getting your site up live
Assignment: website up, link on the blog, work on tutorials
Read: Introduction to net.art – 1994-1999
Optional: “Rich User Experience, UX, & Desktopization of War”
Presenters: _______& _______
Reading presentation, Net art versus Web in pop culture, HTML structure
Assignment: Blog entry – website feedback, work on sites
Project 2: DUE THURS 9/15 – “For Love or Money”
There May Be Money in Internet Art After All (Matthew Mirapaul)
Best of 2015: Our Top 10 Works of Internet Art
Optional: Astra Taylor – Excerpts from ch. 2 For Love or Money
For Love or Money, e-commerce, copyright, class work time
Assignment: Work on Project 2 & websites, sneak peak at processing artists
Drawing machines, intro to Processing
Assignment: Finish your first drawing, post to OpenProcessing.org
Remember that Project 2 is due Thursday!
PROJECT 2 FOR LOVE OR MONEY DUE!
Crits, Processing and interactivity
Assignment: Processing program that responds to some form of input
Processing.org, Lynda, and hand out tutorials
Variables, assets, & making things move in processing
Assignment: drawing application, post to Processing.org
Loops, functions, transformations & more in Processing
Assignment: Sol Le Witt instructional processing program and turn it, data visualization tutorials
Optional – Gilad Lotan – “Israel, Gaza, War, & Data: Social Networks and the Art of Personalizing Propaganda”
Presenters: ______ & _______
Reading presentation, time, data, and emergence in Processing
Assignment: clock, data vis, or emergence in a processing program
Read: “Internet Famous” (Mike Pepi)
Internet famous, game building in processing
PROJECT 3: DUE TUES 10/11, Processing Game
processing game tutorials
Optional: Excerpts from Mary Flannagan
Presenters for 10/4: ______ & ________
Reading presentations, Games! as art, culture, experimental design, & platforms including Processing
Assignment: Play games & write a review
Keep working on your processing Game – due Tuesday
Read: Snowcrash & Ready Player One excerpts
Work day – work on your games.
Keep reading (from Tuesday)
PROJECT 3 GAME DUE
game play & discussion, politics of identity in games
Assignment: Blog post
NO CLASS, FALL BREAK
Art about games and political identity, machinima, cyberbulling, memes & appropriation art
Project 4: DUE TUES 10/25 Net community / subculture / meme
Read: Netporn & DIY communities, Astra Taylor excerpt
Optional: Women on the Verge
Project 4 prep, Netporn & DIY communities, Fred Turner & Astra Taylor, Web Refresher, JS next class
Assignment: Work on Project 4
Optional: The Dads of Tech – Astra Taylor
Presenters: ______ & ______ (For 10/27)
Subcultures of net performance, DIY communities, machinima, and more! Class lecture & discussion
Reading: (to be received in class) selected excerpts from Netporn & DIY communities, astra taylor,
Assignment: Review the artists on the References section of the blog
Brainstorm for the Net Performance assignment due Nov. 8
Meet at Lecture: Kevin Zucker, 4pm in Smith Lab 1009
Reading Presentation: The Dads of Tech – Astra Taylor
Discussion of web feminism, readings, class time to work on project
Assignment: Begin your net performance project!
Read: Excerpts from Women on the Verge, the Cyborg Manifesto, and The Conservatism of Emoji
Optional: Hack the Planet – Andrew Hultkrans (to be presented 11/3)
Surveillance, hacking, and code as performance in and outside the web
(Lecture & discussion), class time to work on project
Assignment: Look at the artists posted on the reference section of the blog, keep working on your Net performance project
Read: Daniell Vasiliev & Julian Oliver
Optional: Hack the Planet – Andrew Hultkrans (to be presented 11/3)
Reading presentation on “Hack the Planet”, discussion
Assignment: Net performance project due Tuesday
VOTE ON TUESDAY 11/8 !
Tues 11/8 – ELECTION DAY
DUE TODAY – Net Performance Project – crit day
Read: Post Internet Art Waits Its Turn – Scott Reyburn
Why I hate Post-Internet Art (anonymous?)
“Post Internet” and connecting software to the real world – physical computing, computational production methods, networked objects
Introduction to final project
Assignment: Project proposal presentation due Tuesday
Reading: Education of the Un-Artist – Alan Kaprow
Final Project Proposals due and to be presented to the class (5 minutes each)
Assignment: respond to your classmates’ proposals on the blog
Thurs 11/17 & Tues 11/22
Discuss Alan Kaprow’s education of the un-artist
Class work time & individual meetings to discuss project ideas
Assignment: Work on your final projects!
Thurs 11/24 – NO CLASS, THANKSGIVING BREAK
Tues 11/29 Work time for final projects
Thurs 12/1 Work time for final projects
LAST CLASS – FINAL PROJECTS DUE – CRITS OF FINAL PROJECTS
Art & Tech Exhibition – your final projects will be submitted to this juried exhibition
December Art & Tech Show Schedule
5 Mo: Art & Technology Exhibition Drop Off; Jury; Install (participation required)
6 Tue: Finish Installation. (participation required)
7 Wed: Show opens to public 11am / Reception 5 – 8pm Hopkins Hall
8 Th: Art & Technology Exhibition open hours from 11am – 5pm.
9 Fri: Art & Technology Exhibition open 11am – 4pm / De-install 4pm – 5:30pm. You MUST pick up your work, we do not store any work.
Assignments – Blog Posts 5%
There will be a few times throughout the semester when I ask you to post to the blog. I will grade these on a check scale (check you did it, check plus if you went above and beyond, check minus if you did the bare minimum, 0 if you didn’t do it). You can always post to the blog at any time. If you post something productive when you are not required to – in response to a reading or in response to an art work – you will get extra credit.
Assignments & Mini Projects 10%
Work the same way as blog posts, on a check scale (see above). Often these assignments will be to post to the blog but will be weighted slightly heavier if they involve a little extra work. I’ll give you the benefit of weighting any really excellent blog posts you make as 20%, as though you treated it like an assignment.
At the end of each class I will assess how you contributed to class discussion & critiques. At the end of the year I will add these numbers. If you miss class, your participation for that day is a 0 and cannot be made up. However, making unrequired (and productive) blog posts will be counted towards extra credit.
Since this is where your creative efforts will shine and where your ideas will coalesce, your projects will count towards a large percentage of your grade (though not the majority). If at any time you are adding to a project after it was due, changing it, or remaking something and you want to show it to me again, I am willing to re-grade it with a small deduction considering I won’t be able to calculate the class’s feedback.
Grading on Projects
Projects are graded out of 18 possible points, with the opportunity for 4 extra credit points added to your grade in the event that dialogue about your work prompts really great class discussion or if the class just loves your project (no matter what I think!). If you get 15/18, that is pretty good, you did fairly well in all categories. In percentage terms that’s 83%, which is a B. But I will refrain from giving you letter grades for projects.
CONCEPT – all below ranked then added
0- 3 points – Background thinking / research
0- 3 points – Creativity – idea novelty
0- 3 points – Intentionality
1- 2 extra credit points – Dialogue
EXECUTION – all below ranked then added
0- 3 points – Technique
0- 3 points – Context
0- 3 points – Aesthetics
1-2 extra credit points – Class Feedback
Grade Scale: 93 -100% A, 90 – 92% A-, 87 – 89% B+, 83 – 86% B, 80 – 82% B-, 77 – 79% C+, 73 – 76% C, 70 – 72% C-, 67 – 69% D+, 63 – 66% D, 0 – 62% E
Is a big deal. We are a community who will be reading together, working together, getting to know each other, and looking at each other’s expressions of the changing self. This can be very personal and hard at times, but communities like the one we are building are so important to good art making. I expect that each student in this class will attempt to respond to readings, contribute to class dialogue, and participate in critiques of your fellow artists’ work. You should behave as equally participating collaborators. I hope that you will not need me to prompt you to speak, but if I should need to, I may call on you. I understand that some people are more outspoken than others, and some of you may feel shy about sharing your ideas. I hope that you will learn in this class to overcome that, but should you feel it is effecting your participation or you feel uncomfortable, please reach out to me and we will work out a way for you to participate in your own manner.
Note on crits
My expectation while we are reviewing the work, thoughts, and ideas of your peers – whether in casual conversation, while going over blog posts, or during critiques of larger works – is that you will treat one another with respect. This includes respecting one another enough to give honest feedback and helpful criticism. Say what you think! We will begin each crit by finding out just the very basics of what the class sees in the work as “objective” viewers (not necessarily as artist-friends). Based on what we see or how we interact, we will suss out what we believe the artist’s intentions to be, possibly hear from the artist her or himself, and then, only after these first three aspects of crits, will we finally give suggestions to the artist based on the differences between their piece itself, the perceived intentions, and what they themselves divulged they were actually trying to accomplish.
Is expected if you hope to gain everything you possibly can from this course. Email me if you are going to miss class or you know you will be late. I understand that emergencies arise and conflicts occur. By all means if you have a doctor’s note, it will legitimize your excuse. The most important part of this class is participation in discussion, the assignments, and the projects. If your absences or lateness has an effect on the way I grade you in these aspects of class, that is your responsibility. You will still be expected to complete everything on time. If you have missed class, it is recommended that you attend office hours or set up a meeting with me in order to better understand what you may have missed. If at the end of the semester you have perfect attendance, I’ll give you extra credit.
If you are over 5 minutes late for class and both you and I are able to stay late after class, we will stay and talk for the equivalent amount of time that you were late. If you are unable to do this, or if I am unable to do this, we will make a note of your lateness and you will need to attend my office hours or set up a meeting with me. Otherwise, I will factor it in to your participation grade.
Academic Misconduct (rule 3335-31-02) is defined as “any activity which tends to compromise the academic integrity of the institution, or subvert the educational process.” Please refer to rule 3335-31-02 in the student code of conduct for examples of academic misconduct.
Students with disabilities that have been certified by the Office for Disability Services will be appropriately accommodated, and should inform the instructor as soon as possible of their needs. The Office for Disability Services is located in 150 Pomerene Hall, 1760 Neil Avenue; telephone 292-3307, TDD 292-0901; http://www.ods.ohio-state.edu/