INTERNET ART: networks, performative programming, and web as context



Assignment for Final Project Proposal (Proposal presentations will be Tues 11/15):

Post a summary of your proposal on the blog

for class: prepare a project proposal, we will give you each 10 – 15 minutes to respond to your idea


This is open — make a project in whatever way you want. I would advise you to think about the smaller projects we’ve done, develop one into a full and finished piece and design a way it launches into the real world, becomes “IRL,” or can be experienced by an art viewer (not just a “user”). If you want to work as a collaborative group you can but you must legitimize this to me (come see me, we will set up a meeting). This project should have a research component, it could be writing based, performance based, image based,  sculpture/object-based, video-based, or any other crazy form you can think of, but should also make use of something new you’ve learned in this class.

Your final project will be considered for the Art & Tech show Dec 6-9.

Useful JavaScript tutorials, reference:

Codeacademy JA thorough tutorial- 10 hrs –

W3 Schools Javascript reference and tutorials:

Lynda JS Essentials tutorial 5 hrs-

Lynda JS for web designers 3 hrs –



Check out the Artists / texts / references page and think about these artists working with surveillance, code, hacking, and “critical engineering.” Could they be inspiring for your Net Performance project or your final project?

Also, keep reading the readings from last week!

Your Net Performance project is due Tuesday 11/8 !

PROJECT 4: Net Performance (Due Nov 8)

Based on our discussion on 10/25, create some kind of internet “performance.” It could be cyberformance, machinima, activism inside of a live game, net appropriation art that goes back into an internet community, or it could be your own meme, fetish object / performance, or DIY project that relates to a particular community / culture on the net. You could recreate an act you’ve seen, create a performance for this community, or in some other way put yourself in dialogue with this space or a group of people. Think about what you are doing and why and the context for it — where will you put it? Who does it reach when it is there? Why should it be there?  This can be in ANY form (live performance, something outside the web, video, photography, creative coding, website), but has to go back onto the real live internet in some form in some place where people can see it!


Tues 10/25

Assignment:Find some example of “internet performance” or something you think related to our discussion today & post it to the blog.  Keep looking at the artists on the ARTISTS / TEXTS / REFERENCES pages and begin brainstorming for Net Performance project


Is the Internet the Death of Performance Art? –

The conservatism of Emoji – Luke Stark & Kate Crawford:

Bodies in Space: Identity, Sexuality, and the Abstraction of the Digital and Physical –  Karen Archey  –

Optional reading:

Desktop Theater: Keyboard Catharsis and the Masking of Roundheads –

Women on the Verge : Art, Feminism, and Social Media – Johanna Fateman  –


Tuesday 10/18 will be a work day to finish up your games and half of you will do brief individual conferences with me to get your mid-semester progress reports.

Your art games are due Thursday 10/20!


Tues 10/11 – KEEP WORKING ON YOUR GAMES! These need to be critical art games, as discussed in class – see the Artists / texts / references section of the blog for links!!


Tues 10/4

Read: Mary Flanagan – Critical Play Introduction –

The third Reading group will present on the above reading on 10/11!

Assignment: Find an example of a game you think is an art work. Post it to the blog and we will discuss tuesday 10/11

Work on your Processing games!

Thurs 10/6 – Work day!

On Tues 10/11 I will do a short lecture on Games in art.  Your game should be 90% done , practically speaking in relation to the code. What we will work on is how to make it conceptually more interesting. I will help you, we will troubleshoot, and we will go over more Processing . The Games are due 10/18 – we will all play them.


Thurs 9/29

Assignment: PART 1: Try everything we did in class today in Processing on your own. Build one complex sketch with everything, or multiple sketches that do simple things. Make as many sketches as you want. We will look at them Tuesday. Maybe think of them as separate parts to whole.

PART 2: Begin conceptualizing a Processing game & begin taking steps to build the sketch. You need to START! We will continue working on these  & troubleshooting on Tuesday. If you come to class with nothing, I can’t help you.

More information on this game project coming. But it will be DUE October 18. Because of  fall break, you have lots of time to do this, so it should be great!

Next Thursday, 10/6, I am out of town for a VR conference – this is a work day for you all. You will need to work on your games. Do this in class together and help each other!

Read: How an Algorith Learned to Identify Depressed Individuals by Studying their Instagram:
Reading Presentations: I have changed the date of the next reading presentation from 10/4 to 10/11 – you will get a link to Mary Flannagan’s text next week.

Tues 9/27

Read & click links:

related videos (scroll to bottom):

keep reading processing textbook, if you haven’t gotten through it:

Thurs 9/22

Assignment: Make a Processing sketch that makes use of a CONDITIONAL statement (an “IF” / “ELSE” / “ELSE IF,” or BOOLEAN expression). It would be great if you used mouse input and moving objects ! Maybe there is a button! Go beyond the examples we did in class.

Post a screenshot of your program with the code on the blog.

recommended reading: I have scanned the “Learning Processing” textbook and all we have covered in Processing is in pages 1-78 here:

Optional reading (not optional for the group that will present on this tuesday!):

“Israel, Gaza, War, & Data: Social Networks and the Art of Personalizing Propaganda” – Gilad Lotan   [on data mapping social media & controversial politics]

presenters: Jordan, Elena, Oliver, Kyle

Tues 9/20

Assignment: Finish your Processing sketch that includes mouse input AND an object that moves across the sketch (if you’re stuck, check the example code). Instead of “hard coding” in numbers, replace all your numbers with variables!

Keep looking at the reference page and tutorials!

WEEk 4

Tues 9/13

Assignment: Finish your Processing Drawing with at least 10+ elements and upload it to our classroom on

You will need to follow upload instructions that we went over in class very closely !

To download processing development environment (PDE) on your own computer:

Finish Project 2 – “FOR LOVE OR MONEY” !  Due Thursday!

Look at the Artists in the art / texts / references tab!

Read: A Guide To Generative Art:

Thurs 9/15   –  PROJECT 2 DUE!

Assignment:  Make a Processing program that responds to some form of input (mouse, sound, etc. I will post an example, but yours should be different). Post it on . MORE TBA based on what we get through in class.

Read: A Guide To Generative Art:


  1.   (Jump ahead to exercises – don’t forget to click “run code” while experimenting – watching is optional, somewhat redundant but nice)
  2. Coordinate system & shapes –
  3. Getting Started –
  4. color –
  5. objects –
  6. interactivity –
  7. more –

Processing on Lynda (if you’re feeling really into it, this will definitely be helpful), 7+ hours


Tues 9/6

Assignment: Post your website to the blog. Look at some of your classmate’s websites. Provide them some feedback by commenting on their blog post. Read your classmates’ feedback about your own site, take it into consideration. Keep working on your site.


Matthew Mirapaul – Putting a Price Tag on Digital Art

Matthew Mirapaul – There May Be Money in Internet Art After All


Thurs 9/8

Assignment: Work on your Projects, websites, & keep posting to the blog in the same way you have been. Feel free to post updates on your projects or thoughts on the reading.

Read: Astra Taylor – Excerpts from ch. 2 of The People’s Platform: Taking Back Power and Culture in the Digital Age – “For Love or Money”

Look at the artists posted on the Arts & references tab on the blog!


Thinking about Matthew Mirapaul’s articles, Astra Taylor’s writing, and some of the artists we looked at dealing with online economy and issues of copyright, do an experiment. It should involve researching ways to make money online or ways you can pay people to do things for you online. Make an art work that involves making money online or communications with an e-commerce community. In an interesting way, buy, sell, or trade online (as an art project!). Some questions you COULD address: How could artists make money on the internet? Are you selling or buying? Remember, this project might only exist as a record of what you did or as the documentation itself. How will you show us what occurred? What is the art piece – is it the process or the final result? Present it to us in a way as if you won’t be there to explain. PUT IT ON YOUR WEBSITE AND LINK THAT SITE TO THE BLOG. If you have questions about what to do defer to the reading “Intro to Net Art” By shulgin & bookchin


Tues 8/30


Brainstorm concepts for your site & work on the html file we started in class. Your site could even relate to your NETWORK project which is due next class!

Notes on designing website for this course:  I would prefer this be thought of as a project in an of itself as opposed to simply making a site about yourself or your work as an artist – but as we are just beginning, it’s OKAY to play with some of your former work or your interests / academic studies and use that as material. This is a time to EXPERIMENT and you will think of a better idea as you go along. Eventually this will develop into a project and then I want you to think about the site as a work in and of itself. It could be a website for a fake self or alternate identity, a real or fictional organization or network, an ongoing project, it could be informative or topical, it could be playful, or it could be an aesthetic experience for the viewer — but it should be new to you, and not necessarily serve a practical purpose.

Next class we will take your html file and launch it into a real website, so be prepared to pay for a domain name & hosting (upwards of $10 / year, depending on what you want). This is the only “supply” you will have to buy for this class, but if it is an issue for you, please let me know before Thursday!

Tutorials – by Tues 9/6

Codeacademy “make a website” tutorial (4hrs):

Start working on the Codeacademy HTML & CSS tutorial (7hrs):

Optional: Lynda Tutorial HTML Essential Training (6hrs):

How to get Lynda if you live in Columbus (get a library card!):


By Sept. 1, post documentation and any required explanation for work to the blog. The project is to create a network, map a network, or propose an alternative to an already existing network. Do so in any way! This is an art project! At minimum, it could be a drawing and that would be fine / great. Your piece should create relationships between ideas or forms.  Remember what we learned about systems thinking.


Thurs 9/1



Keep watching those tutorials! Anything you learn, try adding it to your site. Remember, you can always test locally before you make it live. Continue to transfer files & upload your new index page to your site as you change it. By Monday, post a link to your website to the blog.

READ:  Natalie Bookchin & Alexei Shulgin‘s Introduction to – 1994-1999

Optional reading (except for presenters!): Olia Lialina’s “Rich User Experience, UX, & Desktopization of War” (2015)

WATCH: (If you see one of these and write  a blog post about it, I’ll give you extra credit) 

Lo & Behold  – Herzog documentary about the internet, playing at Gateway!

Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine – Alex Gibney documentary

Das Netz / “The Net”  – independent film by Lutz Dammbeck: (the whole thing is on youtube):


Tutorials – by Tues 9/6

Codeacademy “make a website” tutorial (4hrs):

Start working on the Codeacademy HTML & CSS tutorial (7hrs):

Optional: Lynda Tutorial HTML Essential Training (6hrs):

How to get Lynda if you live in Columbus (get a library card!):



Tues 8/23


Get lost on the internet. Click links, follow strange threads, mine the web for things that strike you – in good ways and bad. Find examples of things you would like to proclaim are “art,” whether or not they define themselves this way. Post to the blog. In one post include a link (& image or video if relevant) to one thing you found that you think is “good” art and one thing you found that is bad. Write 2+ sentences about what these things are, how and/or why you chose these things, what you think about them, anything that strikes you. We will review these blog posts in class.

Check out all the artists & reference materials posted on the site! Feel free to draw from these for your blog post.

READ: Rachel Greene’s “Web Work: A History of Internet Art”(2000)

Optional reading:

Matthew Mirapaul “With the Desktop as a canvas” (1997)

Claire L. Evans’ “An Oral History of the first Cyberfeminists” (2014)

Please let me know if you have trouble downloading or otherwise cannot access the above reading. I will email it to you!


Thurs 8/25


Make a trail of links by artistically surfing the web (you should know what this means from reading the Cloninger article or from looking at the artist examples) and post the list of links to the blog. My advice for making the list is start SOMEWHERE, anywhere on the web (record the url), then let it lead you somewhere else (record the url), and keep letting that lead you to more. Links can be associated by topic, or the way something looks, by literal chronology of the way you surfed, or by another criteria. Lists should be at least 3 links long, but hopefully longer! Post by Sunday night, 8/28. On Monday take a look at everyone else’s posts and respond with something they got you thinking about in relation to the Curt Cloninger article.


Curt Cloninger’s “Commodify your Consumption: Tactical Surfing / Wakes of Resistance.”

(There are notes that include some key definitions you may find helpful for this reading on the front page of the blog . I am happy to email you a scanned annotated version of the article if you ask for it)

Optional reading:

Excerpts from Fred Turner’s “From Counterculture to Cyberculture” (2006) (here’s chapter 4:
, here’s an article about it in NY Times: )

Vennevar Bush “As We May Think”(1945)

Steward Brand’s “Spacewar: Fanatic Life and Symbolic Death among the Computer Bums” (1972)

Moma – Publications From the Whole Earth Catalog

David Garcia & Geert Lovink’s “The ABC of Tactical Media” (1997)

Michel De Certeau’s The Practice of Everyday Life (1974)

Sherry Turkle’s The Second Self: Computers and the Human Spirit (1984)