Digital technology and the internet: tools of bondage, or tools of freedom?
This seminar critically engages the cultural phenomena of the digital. The course consists of readings, internet research, art-making, writing, movie-watching, performance, presentations by visiting cultural practitioners, much lively discussion, and a final creative work project. We recognize that, whether as a tool or a cultural phenomenon digital issues cross all disciplines, so no computer programming experience is required for this class.

WEEK 13 [04.14.04] - Visiting Search Engine Expert

VISITOR:
Adam Sevillia of LookSmart cancelled

Andy will take us through Adam's PowerPoint Presentation

Final Project Presentations

April 21: Robin, Craig, Robby, Sang
April 28: Carl, Christy, Ekta, Iris, Jessica

WEEK 12 [04.07.04] - Visiting artist

VISITOR:
Amos Latteier, Artist

HOMEWORK: Search Engines

Guest: Adam Sevillia of LookSmart

Search Engines
Google Technology
Yahoo! - What We Value
LookSmart About Us
The Internet
World of Ends: What the Internet Is and How to Stop Mistaking It for Something Else by Doc Searls and David Weinberger
The Opte Project ... was created to make a visual representation of a space that is very much one-dimensional, a metaphysical universe.
Privacy and Politics
TerraServer 6.0 Homepage
California Coastal Records Project
http://www.nytimes.com/2004/04/05/business/05reason.html (requires free
subscription)

WEEK 11 [03.31.04] - Flash Lab

Macromedia Flash Demo

HOMEWORK: Visiting Artist

Amos Latteier http://latteier.com/

WEEK 10 [03.24.04] - Deep Theory

DISCUSSION:
"Rhizomes" [handout] Ch. 1 from A Thousand Plateaus by Deleuze and Guattari

Flash & Object Oriented Programming:

READ:
MANUEL DE LANDA, MESHWORKS,HIERARCHIES AND INTERFACES
Generation Flash (MS Word .doc) by Lev Manovitch > Lev Manovich | Texts

Additonal Resources:
• Steve's flash/fun
from Flash™ Art: Critical Interactive Multimedia (steve):
Flash Learning Links
Find Flash Sites

WEEK 9 [03.17.04] - Visiting Artist

VISITOR:
Dr. Stephen Wilson, Director, Conceptual/Information Arts Program,
Art Department, San Francisco State University

HOMEWORK: Deep Theory

READ:
"Rhizomes" [handout]
from A Thousand Plateaus by Deleuze and Guattari

Additonal Resources:
deleuzeguattarionary: the letter r
The Deleuze + Guattari Rhizomat

WEEK 8 [03.03.04] - Midterm Projects

MIDTERM PRESENTATIONS:
     Jessica, Sang, Robby, Craig, Robin

next week: spring break, no class

HOMEWORK: Art & Technology

VISITOR:
Dr. Stephen Wilson, Director, Conceptual/Information Arts Program, Art Department, San Francisco State University

READ:
Stephen Wilson essays/articles:
Myths and Confusions in Thinking about Art/Science/Technology
Art as Research: Cultural Importance of Scientific Research & Technology Development
Research as Cultural Activity

Additonal Resources:
Light and Dark Visions:The Relationship of Cultural Theory to Art That Uses Emerging Technologies
Information Arts: Intersections of Art, Science, and Technology [MIT Press/Leonardo Books, 2002]
Traces of Culture - Searchbot art by Stephen Wilson currently installed at SFSU

WEEK 7 [02.25.04] - Midterm Projects

MIDTERM PRESENTATIONS:
     Iris, Ekta, Christy, Carl

NEXT WEEK:

MIDTERM PRESENTATIONS:
Jessica, Sang, Robby, Craig, Robin

Reminder:
• post a discussion topic about your project idea
• post comments on Corporate & Revolutionary Uses of the Internet
• complete your web sites

WEEK 6 [02.18.04] - Corporate & Revolutionary Uses

Discuss: Bill Gates & Zapatistas

Wondering what "gopher" is? "UseNet"?
They are alternative internet protocols for accessing and sharing information, generally text only. They have been largely superceded by the WWW, which uses the http, HyperText Transfer Protocol. UseNet is the blog precursor (as were BBS, bulletin boards).
• Here's a gopher site: floodgap [gopher://gopher.floodgap.com/] (note: not all browsers support the gopher protocol, see: gopher://gopher.floodgap.com:70/0/gopher/wbgopher )
• Here's where to access Usenet discussion forums: Google Groups

MIDTERM PRESENTATIONS:
Feb. 25:
Iris, Ekta, Jessica, Christy, Carl
Mar. 3: Sang, Robby, Craig, Robin

HOMEWORK:

POST:
Comments on today's readings in our Discussion Group topic: Corporate & Revolutionary Uses of the Internet

Reminder:
• post a discussion topic about your project idea
• complete your web sites

WEEK 5 [02.11.04] - Art Online

Guests:
Stretcher.org -
Amy Berk & David Lawrence
NeighborhoodFilms.com - Daniel Robbin

HOMEWORK: Corporate & Revolutionary

Read:
Bill Gates - Business @ the Speed of Thought: Succeeding in the Digital Economy, Introduction [handout]
See: http://www.microsoft.com/billgates/speedofthought/
Harry Cleaver - The Zapatistas and the Electronic Fabric of Struggle

Work:
Midterm Research Projects

Update:
Your web pages: Student Pages. Check to make sure that we have the right address for you.

Additional Resources:
CTHEORY.NET > Digital Ideology: E-Theory (1) by Arthur and Marilouise Kroker comments on Bill Gates

WEEK 4 [02.04.04] - WWW Authoring

Meet in S-4: Upstairs, across from Lab B (it's out in the open)

Lab: Learn HTML & CSS basics ["HTML in a Bombshell"]

HOMEWORK: Art Online

View:
Stretcher.org in preparation for guests: Amy Berk and David Lawrence
NeighborhoodFilms.com in prep for possible guest Daniel Robin

MAKE:
Your webpages: index.html, your everyday experience of the digital, urls and comments for art/digital websites.

Resources:
online HTML resources & online CSS resources
See Links page Online Art Exhibitions and Internet Based Art

WEEK 3 [01.28.04] - Political Economy

Show & Tell: Articles &tc. on The Digital you found this week.

Discussion: Cyber-Marx and Simon Penny readings.
(Also, Recombinant Theatre and Digital Resistance)

Due: Short written responses to readings.

HOMEWORK: WWW Authoring

POST:
Post your short responses to the readings and your answer to Andy's questions here: The Digital: Threaded Discussion [code word: art].
Also: Respond to at least one posting from your peers in EACH topic.

FIND ONLINE:
Three art/digital websites. Write comments. Bring to class as text file.

MID-TERM PROPOSAL:
Email proposal for your research/presentation project to Andy & Steve separately.

BRING:
Your first writing assignment, The Digital in Your Everyday, to class as a text file to be put up on your cca account. BE SURE that you have a cca email account active. Also bring any images (related to the essay or not).

Additonal Resources:
HTML: "Easy" HTML, online html resources
CSS: properties, methods, LINKS
Start your own blog for free: blogspot
Start you own online discussion for free: WorldCrossing
See LINKS page: The Internet for some history, and Internet Based Art for links

WEEK 2 [01.21.04] - The Everyday Subversive

Show & Tell: Articles &tc. on The Digital you found this week ("Scrapbook")

Presentation: The art of Andy Cox, in light of readings

Discussion: Recombinant Theatre and Digital Resistance

Due: Writing on The Digital in your Everyday Life

HOMEWORK: Political Economy

READ:
Chapter 9: Intellects [pdf] in Cyber-Marx: Cycles and Circuits of Struggle in High Technology Capitalism by Nick Dyer-Witheford
Consumer Culture and the Technological Imperative: The Artist in Dataspace by Simon Penny

WRITE: Short responses to each of the readings (to be posted, eventually).
ALSO: Answer at least one of Andy's questions concerning his work (class handout)

Additional Resources:
• Browse: Shaping San Francisco: An Interactive Political History
• See LINKS page:
- artist/writers: simon penny
- topics: political economy
- essays: Jean-François Lyotard
Manuel De Landa: ECONOMICS, COMPUTERS AND THE WAR MACHINE

WEEK 1 [01.14.04] - Active Definitions

Introduction: Overview of class procedures; practices: steve, andy.

Questions: about you: email to Andy & Steve separately. Due: midnight Saturday.
 email addresses: andycox@twcdc.com and steve@hartzog.org

HOMEWORK: The Everyday Subversive

WRITE:
Personal experiences of the digital in your everyday life. The form may be creative and/or expository. May include illustrations, diagrams, cartoons, found objects ...

COLLECT:
Collect articles and keep a record or commercials, etc. that concern the digital. Share your findings at the beginning of class.

READ:
• Anna McCarthy, Ambient Television: Visual Culture and Public Space, "Terminal Thoughts on Art, Activism and Video for Public Places," especially, p. 231 thru 240: "Together We Can Defeat Capitalism" (handout)
TWCDC.com website
Critical Art Ensemble --> Recombinant Theater and Digital Resistance [pdf]

Additional Resources:
- Critical Art Ensemble --> Slacker Luddites [pdf]
- The Situationist International --> Détournement as Negation and Prelude
- The Situationists and Automation by Asger Jorn
- ®™ark website

&tc: SUBSOL: Art & Activism Links

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