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
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
Amos Latteier, Artist
HOMEWORK: Search Engines
Guest: Adam Sevillia of LookSmart
Yahoo! - What We Value
LookSmart About Us
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
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
"Rhizomes" [handout] Ch. 1 from A Thousand Plateaus by Deleuze and Guattari
Flash & Object Oriented Programming:
• MANUEL DE LANDA, MESHWORKS,HIERARCHIES AND INTERFACES
• Generation Flash (MS Word .doc) by Lev Manovitch > Lev Manovich | Texts
WEEK 9 [03.17.04] - Visiting Artist
Dr. Stephen Wilson, Director, Conceptual/Information Arts Program,
Art Department, San Francisco State University
HOMEWORK: Deep Theory
from A Thousand Plateaus by Deleuze and Guattari
WEEK 8 [03.03.04] - Midterm Projects
Jessica, Sang, Robby, Craig, Robin
next week: spring break, no class
HOMEWORK: Art & Technology
Dr. Stephen Wilson, Director, Conceptual/Information Arts Program, Art Department, San Francisco State University
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
• 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
Iris, Ekta, Christy, Carl
Jessica, Sang, Robby, Craig, Robin
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
Feb. 25: Iris, Ekta, Jessica, Christy, Carl
Mar. 3: Sang, Robby, Craig, Robin
Comments on today's readings in our Discussion Group topic: Corporate & Revolutionary Uses of the Internet
WEEK 5 [02.11.04] - Art Online
HOMEWORK: Corporate & Revolutionary
• Bill Gates - Business @ the Speed of Thought: Succeeding in the Digital Economy, Introduction [handout]
• Harry Cleaver - The Zapatistas and the Electronic Fabric of Struggle
Your web pages: Student Pages. Check to make sure that we have the right address for you.
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
Your webpages: index.html, your everyday experience of the digital, urls and comments for art/digital websites.
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 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.
Three art/digital websites. Write comments. Bring to class as text file.
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).
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
• 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
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)
• 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
HOMEWORK: The Everyday Subversive
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 articles and keep a record or commercials, etc. that concern the digital. Share your findings at the beginning of class.
• 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]
- 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