History of New Media -- Spring '15
Location: Comm 1122
Time: T R 11:00am-12:15pm
Professor: Robert Spahr
Office: MCMA 1121E
& by appointment
Teaching Assistant: Jenny Johnson
T 2:00pm-3:00pm in the New Media Center
& by appointment
Course Syllabus Location: http://www.robertspahr.com/hnm/
History of New Media - 27409 - CP 361 - 001
Adv Topics: Cinema Studies - History of New Media - 27410 -CP 470A 002
History Theory Media Art: History of New Media - 28182 -MCMA 552 002
Wardrip-Fruin, Noah & Montfort, Nick. The New Media Reader. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press
Manovich, Lev. The Language of New Media. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press
Packer, Randall & Jordan, Ken. Multimedia From Wagner to Virtual Reality. New Yok, NY, W. W. Norton & Company Online: Multimedia From Wagner to Virtual Reality
Bolter, Jay David & Grusin, Richard. Remediation: Understanding New Media. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press
This course is an overview of the pioneering artists and scientists who have brought about the dissolution of boundaries that have traditionally existed between the artistic and technological disciplines. We will survey the work and ideas of artists who have explored new interactive and interdisciplinary forms, as well as engineers and mathematicians who have developed information technologies and influential scientific and philosophical ideologies that have influenced the arts. Seminal artistic movements and genres will be explored, such as: the Futurists, Bauhaus, kinetic sculpture, Happenings, video art, electronic theater, etc.
We will also investigate new media's reliance on conventions of old media, such as the rectangular frame and mobile camera, and how new media works create the illusion of reality, address the viewer, and represent space. We will also look at categories and forms unique to new media, such as interface and database.
Students will develop an understanding of new media through in-depth analysis of historical trends and seminal work in the media arts and information sciences, as well as an analysis of the language and aesthetics unique to new media.
Introductions, Course Overview, What is New Media?
Darth Vader Feels Blue, 1:46
Meet Amazon's robot army, 1:38
GNU User Lib video, 2:53
BigDog Overview (Updated March 2010), 03:35
The Great Gatsby (2013) Visual Effects Before & After Clip [HD], 3:57
USAF MQ-1 Predator Drone Engage Insurgents & Insurgent Vehicle. Afghanistan, 3:05
PressTV News (Iranian Intl News Network): US drone strike kills 5 in Pakistan's tribal region, 3:25
Casey Neistat: Snapchat Murders Facebook, 5:46
Sebastian Deterding: What your designs say about you, 12:24
Lecture - Futurist & Dada
Luigi Russolo: The Art of Noises, July 1, 1913. (Listen to Intonarumori)
F.T. Marinetti, et al: The Futurist Cinema, November 15, 1916.
F.T. Marinetti, et al: The Futurist Synthetic Theatre, February 18th, 1915.
Tzara: Dada Manifesto, 1918
Reconstruction of the Futurist Intonarumori by Russolo
Hugo Ball 'Karawane Score', 1916
Hugo Ball's Karawane performed by Trio Exvoco
Raoul Hausmann 'Soundrel', 1919
Vertov's Man with a Movie Camera (Alloy Orchestra) 1929, 1:06:40
Joseph Cornell's "Rose Hobart", 1936 (Part 1) 09:13
Joseph Cornell's "Rose Hobart", 1936 (Part 2) 09:30
Steve Reich - Clapping Music, 4:02
Steve Reich 'Piano Phase' (1/2), 6:31
Steve Reich: Come Out, 13:09
Robert Rauschenberg - Erased De Kooning, 04:27
John Cage - About Silence, 04:19
Microsoft Unveils HoloLens and Surface Hub at Windows 10 Conference, Jan 21, 2015
Jan 27 / Jan 29
Lecture - Speedviewer's Guide to New Media
As We May Think - Vannevar Bush, NMR pp. 35-47. ('As We May Think' is also available online.)
Computing Machinery and Intelligence - Alan Turing, NMR pp. 49-64.
Men, Machines, and the World About - Norbert Wiener, NMR pp. 65-72.
Kevin Kelly on the next 5,000 days of the web, 19:34, Dec 2007
Laura Poitras: NYTimes, The Program, 08:27 Aug 22, 2012
Kevin Slavin: How algorithms shape our world, 15:23 Jul 2011
Feb 03 / Feb 05
Proposal for a Universal Electronic Publishing System and Archive (from Literary Machines) - Theodor H. Nelson, NMR pp. 441-462.
Personal Dynamic Media - Alan Kay & Adele Goldberg, NMR pp. 391-404.
From Augmenting Human Intellect: A Conceptual Framework - Douglas Engelbart, NMR pp. 93-108.
From A Thousand Plateaus - Gilles Deleuze and Felix Guattari, NMR pp. 405-409.
Original announcement of Douglas Engelbart's 1968 Demo
Douglas Engelbart: the first computer mouse, Dec 09, 1968
Douglas Engelbart: 1968 Demo - 1 of 9, Dec 09, 1968
Alan Kay shares a powerful idea about ideas, Mar 2007
Clay Shirky: Why SOPA is a bad idea, 14:00
Kodak’s 1975 Model Digital Camera, NYTimes.com, August, 2010
Feb 06 -------------------------> EXTRA CREDIT
Comm 1116 @ 5pm
The Mill and the Cross (2011)
Director: Lech Majewski
The film focuses on a dozen of the 500 characters depicted in Bruegel's painting. The theme of Christ's suffering is set against religious persecution in Flanders in 1564.
The film is based upon Pieter Bruegel's The Way to Calvary
Feb 10 / Feb 12
Lecture - Bauhaus & John Cage & Marshall McLuhan
'Theater, Circus, Variety,' Theater of the Bauhaus - Moholoy-Nagy, 1924
Experimental Music - John Cage, 1957
The Galaxy Reconfigured - Marshall McLuhan, NMR pp. 193-202
The Medium is the Message - Marshall McLuhan, NMR pp. 203-209
#HashTagExercise is due
Schlemmer: Triadic Ballet, 1927 2:11
Maholy-Nagy: Light-Space-Modulator., 1922-30 1:04
John Cage: About Silence, 1991 4:17
John Cage: 4'33'' for piano, 1952 5:41
John Cage: Prepared Piano 1:12
John Cage - Water Walk, 1960 9:23
Marshall McLuhan Interview, 1967 6:32
Marshall Mcluhan Full lecture: The medium is the message - 1977 part 1 v 3 14:23
Lecture - Happenings & Fluxus
'Happenings' in the New York Scene - Allan Kaprow, NMR pp. 83-86.
Jim Dine: A Statement: The Car Crash Happening
Claes Oldenburg: I Am For An Art, 1961
The Cut-Up Method of Brion Gysin - William S. Burroughs, NMR pp. 89-91.
Six Selections by the Oulipo - NMR pp. 147-189 (much of this is a paper poetry machine).
John Cage - Variations V, 1965, 2:23
Variations V, (further reading)
Inside New York's Art World: Jim Dine (specifically 3-8:00min) 28:15
Claes Oldenburg | The Store 2:34
Claes Oldenburg: Upside Down City (1962) 3:34
Robert Whitman: Performances From The 1960s -Part 2- (1963-1666) 36:28
Robert Whitman: Performances From The 1960s -Part 3- (1963-1666) 27:07
Robert Whitman: Performances From The 1960s -Part 4- (1963-1666) 16:52
Ubuweb: 37 Short Fluxus Films
Nam June Paik Buddah 1974, 0:40
Three Event Scores by George Brecht
Drip Music - George Brecht (Fluxus) 1:59
Yoko Ono "Cut Piece" Performance Art, 1965, 2:28
Wolf Vostell - Sun in Your Head (Television Decollage), 1963, 7:08
George Brecht: Chance-Imagery
Beuys: How to Explain Pictures to a Dead Hare, 1965, 0:53
Richard Foreman: Scenes from wake up mr sleepy, your unconcious mind is dead 3:01
Laurie Anderson - O Superman, 1981, 8:26
Language of New Media, The Interface
Introduction & Chapter 1, LNM pp. 2-61.
Chapter 2, LNM pp. 62-115.
Blade Runner theatrical trailer, 1982
'1984' Apple Macintosh Commercial (Full advert, Hi-Quality), 1984
Eli Pariser: Beware online "filter bubbles", 2011
Lecture - Experiments in Art and Technology (E.A.T.)
The Construction of Change - Roy Ascott, NMR pp. 127-132.
Four Selections by Experiments in Art and Technology - Billy Kluver, NMR pp. 211-226.
Cybernated Art - Nam June Paik, NMR pp. 227-229.
From Software - Exhibition at the Jewish Museum, 1970, NMR pp. 247-257.
Jean Tinguely - Homage to New York (1960), 05:34
Experiments in Art and Technology (E.A.T): Nine Evenings , 09:40
Charlotte Moorman plays the TV Cello (1984) , 03:50
Nam June Paik: T.V. Bra Charlotte Moorman 1975 Swatch, 00:28
Linoleum (excerpt) Robert Rauschenberg , 1967, 04:07
Big Muddy Film Festival: Nia Burks' Media Pot Luck Workshop
Guest Professor: Dr. Michele Leigh & Digital Muddy Juror and Digital Artist: Nia Burks
Exploration in using the digital hand/trace/presence/evidence in an experiment in presence of the artist, in the creation of work focused on journey rather that object/relic of journey. That ephemerality is central and temporality is as well. That documentation suggests a trace of movement and the piece created is constantly plunging into the past, too large to be contained.
Students please bring sounds, images and objects, to do a live art performance / install. Cords and connection gizmos will be essential. We will meet in our regular classroom, Comm 1122, please arrive promptly by 11am.
Lecture - Pop Art / Warhol Films
Man-Computer Symbiosis - J.C.R. Licklider, NMR pp. 73-82.
Sketchpad: A Man-Machine Graphical Communication Systems - Ivan Sutherland, NMR pp. 109-126.
Direct Manipulation: A Step Beyond Programming Languages - Ben Schneiderman, NMR pp. 485-498.
Alan Kay presenting Ivan Sutherland's Sketchpad 04:18
Ivan Sutherland : Sketchpad Demo (1/2) 10:35
Warhol Interview (2 min)
Andy Warhol - Velvet Underground (Documentary) 04:48
Andy Warhol - Eat (1964) sample
Andy Warhol - Empire (1964) sample
Andy Warhol on Pop Art 00:36
Andy Warhol - Blow Job (1963) 08:00
Andy Warhol - Edie Sedgwick Screen Test 01:32
Andy Warhol's TV 1979-87 01:16
Andy Warhol paints Debbie Harry on an Amiga Computer in 1985 01:42
Warhol Eats a Hamburger + Youtube
Andy Warhol Eats a Hamburger
Video Response 1: Andy Warhol Eats a Hamburger
Video Response 2: Andy Warhol Eats a Hamburger
Video Response 3: Andy Warhol Eats a Hamburger
Language of New Media, The Operations
Chapter 3, LNM pp. 116-175.
Einsenstein: Battleship Potempkin - Odessa Steps scene 1925
Rybczynski: Steps 1987
Lecture - Minimal / Conceptual Art
Constituents of a Theory of the Media - Hans Magnus Enzensberger, NMR pp. 259-275
Requiem for the Media - Jean Baudrillard, NMR pp. 277-288
The Technology and the Society - Raymond Williams, NMR pp. 289-300
A File Structure for the Complex, the Changing, and the Indeterminate - Theodor H. Nelson, NMR pp. 133-145.
Project #1 is due
Lecture - Open Source / Free Culture / Net Neutrality
A Cyborg Manifesto: Science, Technology, and Socialist-Feminism in the Late Twentieth Century - Donna Haraway, NMR pp. 515-542.
The GNU Manifesto - Richard Stallman, NMR pp. 543-550.
Richard Stallman - Revolution OS - Birth Of GNU (1/5) 2:29
Net Neutrality Open Source Documentary, 10:26
Larry Lessig on laws that choke creativity 18:58
Mar 31 / Apr 02
Language of New Media, The Illusions, Chapter 4, LNM pp. 176-211.
Language of New Media, The Forms, Chapter 5, LNM pp. 212-285.
Language of New Media, What is Cinema?, Chapter 6, LNM pp. 286-333.
What we learned from 5 million books
Alex Roman: The Third & Seventh
Alex Roman: Compositing Breakdown (T&S)
Apr 07 / Apr 09
Lecture - Internet Art & Appropriation / Remix
Proposal for Project #2 is due via email by the beginning of class on Apr 7th.
The Work of Culture in the Age of Cybernetic Systems - Bill Nichols, NMR pp. 625-642.
Nomadic Power and Cultural Resistance - Critical Art Ensemble, NMR pp. 781-790.
Marcin Jakubowski: Open-sourced blueprints for civilization 04:11
Everything is a Remix Part 1 07:18
Everything is a Remix Part 2 09:48
Everything is a Remix Part 3 11:17
RiP! A Remix Manifesto 87:00
Apr 14 / Apr 16
Lecture - Relational Aesthetics & The New Aesthetic
From Computer Lib / Dream Machines - Theodor H. Nelson, NMR pp. 301-338
The World-Wide Web - Tim Berners-Lee, et. al., NMR pp. 791-798.
Responsive Environments - Myron Kruger, NMR pp. 377-390.
Will There by Condominiums in Data Space - Bill Viola, NMR pp. 463-470.
Tim Berners-Lee on the next Web 16:20
Tim Berners-Lee: The year open data went worldwide 05:34
Bruce Sterling: An Essay on the New Aesthetic
#SXAESTHETIC, Report from Austin, Texas, on the New Aesthetic panel at SXSW. 3/15/12
Lecture - Generative Art / Algorithmic Art
Video Games and Computer Holding Power - Sherry Turkle, NMR pp. 499-514.
The Six Elements and the Causal Relations Among Them &
Star Raiders: Dramatic Interaction in a Small World - Brenda Laurel, NMR pp. 563-573.
PDP-1 Running Spacewar!
Star Wars Battlefront Game Trailer (2015)
Dire Straits - Money For Nothing (1985)
Peter Gabriel - Sledgehammer (1986)
A-Ha - Take On Me (1985)
Project #2 is due
Presentations of Project #2
Presentations of Project #2
Presentations of Project #2
Presentations of Project #2
Final Exam @ 10:15am-12:15pm
Final Essay Question
Students will develop an outline of the themes and arguments of specific readings, as well as create several thought questions which will then be used to lead class discussion. Each student should schedule a meeting well in advance with the class TA, Jenny Johnson, so that she can give you feedback as you continue to develop this materia. A written copy will be due the day of the class discussion.
Project 1: New Media Critique / Analysis
How has the artist used interactivity and the user interface to enhance the viewer's experience? What is this piece about? What is the subject of this piece? How does this piece address the viewer? Does this work create the illusion of reality? How does it represent space and/or time? What ideas and concepts from the history of new media seem to engage this artist? Support your argument with specific reference to the ideas and concepts from our readings and discussions.
Write a minimum 1000 word, 4 page essay outlining your analysis.
Project 2: The Language of New Media
Select a chapter from 'The Language of New Media' by Lev Manovich. Prepare a research paper/web site (approx. 10 pages, with citations from at least 5 of our readings) or an art project based in reference to the chapter's themes. The final form of this project is open-ended. Potential themes include:
- How Media Became New
- Principles of New Media
- What New Media Is Not
- The Language of Cultural Interfaces
- The Screen and the User
- Menus, Filters, Plug-Ins
- Synthetic Realism and its Discontents
- The Synthetic Image and its Subject
- Illusion, Narrative, and Interactivity
- The Database
- Navigable Space
- Digital Cinema and the History of a Moving Image
- The New Language of Cinema
You will be graded on the originality of concept, delivery (execution of the concept) and the effort of your execution. You may use any form, methods or technologies: consult me if you have any questions regarding the appropriateness of your project. More details on this project will be discussed in class.
Students will give a presentation of this paper / project to the class.
Students taking this course for graduate credit will have additional requirements for this project to be discussed individually with the professor.
Your final grade will be determined by the following:
- 15% Participation/Reading Discussions/Pop Quizzes
- 15% Project #1
- 30% Project #2
- 20% Midterm Exam
- 20% Final Exam
I may occasionally give a pop quiz on that weeks readings. There will also be a midterm and final examination. The final exam will not be cumulative. It will cover only the materials of the second half of the semester. The midterm and final exams will cover the required readings and material presented in the lectures / discussions. The examinations will be of a series of short essay questions.
Attendance to all classes is expected. You are allowed up to TWO unexcused absences. Unexcused absence beyond this threshold may result in failing this course.
All assignments are due at the beginning of class. Late assignments will not be accepted.
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