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ART211 | Art and Technology | Spring 2007

BAS 117 | 01/16/07 - 05/06/07

Section H | Tue-Thu | 2:00PM - 3:50PM

secheverry at | BAS 131 | 813 - 253 3333 x 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.

Movies: Quest for Fire – Jean Jacques Annaud / Fahrenheit 451 – Jean François Truffaut

Renaissance / / Economics / 1492 / Gutenberg Print // Baroque = America's gold / theatrum  mundi + deus ex machina / Baroque Opera / Control of Nature

After watching the examples in class, write a three page paper about how technology in the 21st century is being affected by political and economical processes similar to the Baroque era. Use the assignments tab in BB to submit your .DOC paper.
Movies: The Name of the Rose – Jean Jacques Annaud /  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 at least an entire Act of any of their available Operas in DVD or VHS and write a three page paper with your comments and your feelings about this experience.Which Opera? Who is the stage director? the musical director? the main performers? Is this your first Opera? Did you like it? Why yes or no? Use the assignments tab in BB to submit your .DOC paper. 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 100 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

Movies: 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

Write a three page paper on how did the evolution of television technology affect the content of TV shows. What types of shows will appear with the emergence of new technologies such as 3D TV / Smell TV / etc? Use the assignments tab in BB to submit your .DOC paper.
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 /

Write a three page paper comparing the birth of the first PC to the birth of the iPod. What is the future for these new technologies? Is the marketing strategy going to affect the existance of these products? Use the assignments tab in BB to submit your .DOC paper.

The Triumph of the Nerds

History of Computing Science by Michelle A. Hoyle


Artists and Technology 1900 - 1960
Duchamp, DADA, FUTURISM, SURREALISM, BAUHAUS, Abstract Expressionism, Beatniks, Jack Kerouac #2 #4, Allen Ginsberg, William Burroughs, POP, Warhol #2 #4 Empire TDK The Factory American culture Candy Darling Campbell , Yves Klein

Using a Xerox machine, photocopy parts of yourself and create a 2D/3D work of art inspired by any of the Art Movements seen in class. At least 2feet x 3feet
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
FLUXUS, Nam June Paik, Charlotte Moorman, John Cage, Joseph Beuys #2, Gilbert and George, Laurie Anderson #2 , Orlan, Stelarc #2 #3 Butoh Sankai Juku #2 Ko Murobushi Kazuo Ohno Hijikata Tatsumi Viennese Actionists, Bob Flanagan, Leigh Bowery, Steve Mann, Klaus Nomi, Squat theater, Wooster Group, John Jessurun, Robert Wilson,...

Inspired by ANY of the artists mentioned in class, create a maximum 5 minute performance art piece. Come to the gallery ready to be yourselves. More details to be given during class. NMA: Chapter 1
New Media
Video, Installation, Video Art and New Media, Nam June Paik, Jim Campbell, Bill Viola, David Hall, Pippilotti Rist

In groups of three students, create your own 1 minute video art / video installation 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
From Stockhausen to Miss Kittin
Xenakis, Einstürzende Neubauten, Cabaret Voltaire, Brian Eno

Feel free to incorporate your own audio track to your video art piece. Explore whichever available audio tools you have at hand. Be resourceful.
Modulations / La Legende d'Eer / Cabaret Voltaire / Thursday Afternoon

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
In groups of 3, create your own 3 minute machinima video piece. Due after thanksgiving. Present it in whichever format you consider appropiate.
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
  NMA: Chapter 4
Digital arts Part 2   Presentation of final projects ideas


Genetic Art and other extremes
Genetic art – Eduardo Kak - Genetic architecture, Physical Computing, Robotics, Architectural art, Jorge Orta, Rafael Lozano-Hemmer, Corpse Art

The final project can be either a collective performance, an installation, a video art piece, an experimental audio piece or a 10 page research paper. More details to be given in class.