ART 211 | Art and Technology | Fall 2009

BAS 110 | 08/31/09 - 12/18/09

Section D | Tue-Thu | 10:00AM - 11.50AM

secheverry at | BAS 131 | 813 - 813 257 3769 | Office hours by appointment only
Week Description Assignments Multimedia / Readings
Syllabus, goals of the class, required readings, general presentation and statistics of the students.

Early History of Multimedia. Oral Tradition, Text, / Aristotle’s Poetics / Greek Theater / Roman Circus / Middle Ages: Architecture and life / Religious vs. Pagan performance.Renaissance / / Economics / 1492 / Gutenberg Print // Baroque = America's gold / theatrum  mundi + deus ex machina / Baroque Opera / Control of Nature

• Go to and create your own BLOG for this class. Post your first feelings of the class in it and post who you are, describing yourself and telling me what you expect from this class

• Send me an email BEFORE THE FOLLOWING CLASS from your personal UT email account, letting me know the url of your blog.

Farinelli – Gérard Corbiau / Vatel – Roland Joffé / Monteverdi’s Orpheus

CDs: Lully - Atys ~ by Jean-Baptiste Lully, William Christie, Les Arts Florissants / Médée, Charpentier, Les Arts Florissants

Opera: from Mozart to Wagner, evolution of an elitist expression of art

Go to the MacDonald Kelce Library, watch any of their available Operas in DVD or VHS and write a three page paper describing the "mise en scene" what types of technologies were used and HOW would you tell the same story with the technology available in the 21st century.

Movies: Amadeus – Milos Forman / ARIA – Robert Altman and others / Wagner - Der Ring des Nibelungen - Patrice Chéreau - Pierre Boulez, Bayreuth Festival (Complete Ring Cycle) DVD (2000) / Don Giovanni – Karajan / Le Nozze di Figaro – Peter Sellars.

Popular entertainment: Vaudeville, burlesque, cabaret => Broadway

  Movies: Berlin: Die Sinfonie der Großstadt – Walter Ruttman / Chaplin – Richard Attenborough / Whatever Happened to Baby Jane – Robert Aldrich / Broadway, the American Musical – Michael Kantor

From photos to film: time based media
Muybridge / Edison / Lumière / Méliès / Eisenstein / Griffith

Evolution of film in the 20th century
BW -> Animation -> Sound -> Color -> Stereoscopy -> big format

Go to a thrift store and purchase an old book that you will use to create your own flip page animation. At least 200 pages. Open topic.

PBS: History of Photography
Read: New Media in Art (NMA): Introduction
Movies: Landmarks of Early Film Vols 1 and 2 / Battleship Potiomkin – Eisenstein / Intolerance – Griffith
La Passion de Jeanne d’Arc – Carl Dreyer / Metropolis – Fritz Lang / The Jazz Singer – Alan Crossland / The Blue Angel – Joseph Von Sternberg / Casablanca – Michael Curtiz / Wizard of Oz – Victor Fleming / Gone with the wind – Victor Fleming / Singing in the Rain – Stanley Donen / The birds – Hitchcock / Citizen Kane – Orson Welles etc….

Electronics in the audiovisual world
From the battery to the microchip / train -> pony express -> telegraph -> telephone -> civil band -> radio -> mechanical tv -> television -> magnetic recording / video tape + CD + DVD -> cable <-> satelite


Movies: Radio Days – Woody Allen / Original recording of “War of the worlds” by Orson Welles / Early days of TV


Binary world
Abacus / Kipus / Encryption / Rosetta stone / Torah , Talmud, Kabalah / Morse code / binary conversion / vacuum  tubes / eniac / transistors / chips / evolution of computers into networked environments / Arpanet / Internet / Computing environments /

Create a work of art using the notion of "Grid Art". More details to be given in class

History of Computing Science
by Michelle A. Hoyle
Movies: The Triumph of the Nerds


Artists and Technology 1900 - 1960
Duchamp, DADA, Hugo Ball, SURREALISM, BAUHAUS, Abstract Expressionism, Beatniks, Jack Kerouac #2 #3, Allen Ginsberg, William Burroughs, POP, Warhol #2 Warhol Stars TDK, Yves Klein

Using a Xerox machine, photocopy parts of yourself and create a 2D and/or 3D work of art inspired by any of the Art Movements seen in class. At least 2 feet x 3 feet

Man Ray, Marcel Duchamp, Picabia, Tzara..... Movies: Un chien andalou – Luis Buñuel / Lichtspiel: Schwartz-Weiß-Grau – Laszlo Moholy-Nagy /


Performance Art, Media and New Technologies
Viennese Actionists, FLUXUS, Nam June Paik, Charlotte Moorman #2 #3, John Cage #2 #3 #4 Joseph Beuys #2, Gilbert and George #1#2 #3 #4 #5,, Orlan, Stelarc #1 #2 #3 obsolete body, Butoh Sankai Juku #2 #3 Ko Murobushi #2 Kazuo Ohno #2 Carlotta Ikeda, Bob Flanagan, Laurie Anderson #1 #2 Leigh Bowery, Steve Mann, Klaus Nomi, Squat theater, Wooster Group WooTube, John Jessurun, #2 Robert Wilson, Troika Ranch #2 ...

Inspired by ANY of the artists mentioned in class, create a 3 minute maximum performance art piece that reflects your relationship to technology. These performances will be presented in the Scarfone Gallery

NMA: Chapter 1
New Media
The Human Canvas #2

Video, Installation, Video Art and New Media, Nam June Paik, Jim Campbell, Bill Viola, David Hall, Pippilotti Rist, Ryan Trecartin, Gary Hill, Peter Campus, The Residents
Create your own 1 minute video art piece with any available tools at hand ( DV Cams, Cell Cams, VHS tapes, DVDs, webcams etc...) Be ready to present your works in two weeks NMA: Chapters 2 and 3

Electronic Music
Stockhausen #2, Ligeti #1, Varèse, Xenakis, Synthesizer #2 #3, Moog #2, Throbbing Gristle, Psychic TV, Genesis P.Orridge Interview Brian Eno, Satisfaction: RS / DEVO / BB , DEVO 2, Kraftwerk, Pop Corn, Donna Summer, Depeche Mode / Nouvelle Vague, Soft Cell Levi's, Gary Numan, Fad Gadget, Pulp / William Shatner, Erasure / ABBA, Einstürzende Neubauten, Cabaret Voltaire, Joy Division / New Order (Philippe Decouflé), Stone Roses, J&M Chain, Stereolab, Atari Teenage Riot, Miss Kittin Felix Da Housecat, Ladytron #2,Underworld Fluke EBTG / Deep Dish, Massive Attack, Faithless, Chemical Brothers, Bjork, Sidestepper, Chobquibtown #2, Gaiteros, Toto la Momposina / RMX, Robert Miles, Delerium, Radiohead 3d, DeadMau5 #2, Infected Mushroom, Gorecki
Modulations / La Legende d'Eer / Cabaret Voltaire / Thursday Afternoon // Feel free to incorporate your own audio track to your video art piece. Explore whichever available audio tools you have at hand. Be resourceful.

2D/3D Animation
Disney, Norman Mac Laren, Brothers Quay, evolution of computer animation, Tron, Pixar, Silicon Graphics, Toy Story.  Siggraph. Sony PSP / Video Games Machinima
Explore: Museum of Moving Image

Final Fantasy / Ghost in the Shell / Tron /
Interactive Art
Puppet Motel – Laurie Anderson / Eve – Peter Gabriel / Myst / collection of interactive works by the ZKM and Ars Electronica / Director / Flash / Processing : Casey Reas + Ben Fry
The final project can be either a max. 3min recorded performance, an installation, a video art piece, an experimental audio piece or a 10 page research paper. More details to be given in class. NMA: Chapter 4
13 Processing : Casey Reas + Ben Fry
14 Genetic Art and other extremes
Genetic art – Eduardo Kak - Genetic architecture, Physical Computing, Robotics, Architectural art, Jorge Orta, Rafael Lozano-Hemmer, Corpse Art