ART 388 - Advanced Internet Art
Tue & Thu 1:00pm - 3:20pm - FA 112

Course Objectives

This class will address the history and culture of the Internet and explore the World Wide Web as an artists' domain for publication and expressive creation. The class will examine narrative structures through experiments in linear and non linear navigation. Special emphasis will be placed upon defining the differences between client side and server side creations, and how these affect the content that can be provided by an artist. It will also emphasize on the evolution of multimedia into hypermedia, through the usage of client/server tools and programming languages.


Readings will be distributed throughout the semester. Critiques will frequently be initiated from various topics covered in the readings. In order to participate effectively you will need to have read the required texts and be able to articulate your responses to them within the context of class discussion and critique.


A class is a multiway form of communication. I might be there as a teacher, but you are also there to make others understand, including me, other points of view. I am very open to a lot of proposals, and NO CENSORSHIP OR DISCRIMINATION will be tolerated or promoted. Consider the class as a brainstorming session. And please contact me during office hours, or send me an email, or give me a phone call so we can solve any problem before the class.


There will be several mini projects throughout the course, including papers, miniprojects, and others. Each one of them will be a part of the final 60% of the grading. If necessary I will do some pop quizes, depending on the students' participation and motivation, and depending on how certain classes work, I might add an extra work not listed in the syllabus. The final project will be 40% of the grade. The method will be as follows

100 > 90 89 > 75 74 > 55 54 > 40 39 > ...


NO EXCUSES, more than 2 absences you will have the chance to withdraw the class - if allowed by the academic calendar - or you will get an F.
I really consider that punctuality and assistance are the most important parts of a class. If you miss a class, you will never be able to experience that class again. I use the word "experience" because not all the information given during the class can be put in paper, or even videotaped. Classes are a question of communication, and communication implies many different ways of exchanging information, the feeling, the laughters, the collective experience... An absence for any reason is an absence. It is your responsibility to initiate and maintain communication with me in case of an unusual circumstance."



DIXON, SARAH | saradix1





LEVY, CHANEL | chanel1

MYERS, Charles | charles


PAIK, KARAM | karam1


• SHAW, Renee | ...


Class Date Topic Description
1 INTRO 1 Tue, Jun 01 Introduction - Syllabus, goals of the class, required readings, general presentation of the students. Evolution of electronic elements in their sociopolitical environment: Century of Lights, Industrial Revolution, XXth Century. Telegraph, Telephone, Wireless CB, Radio, and Television. VACUUM TUBES, ENIAC, From analog to digital. 1/0 . BIT/BYTE. Transistors. The first computers.. ASCII Art.
Digital ASCII art: each student has to present 3 pieces of digital ASCII art / due Tue Jun 08

Visual Poem Project: transform your favorite poem ( at least 20 lines ) into a visual html project, using images, tables, fonts, colors / due Thu Jun 10

Using plain HTML and any editor of your choice, create your own family tree, including your close friends, using frames, images, sounds, animations. You will show all the relations between the different members of your extended family /

Using strict XHTML+CSS, transform your original digital ascii creations into interactive css creations, or if you prefer, you can create at least 3 new ascii projects

Based on Llinás's reading, create a minisite exploring the links between the web and our own memory creation process using DHTML, XHTML and Javascript

Confessions project: create a website for people to express their opinions about a specific controversial topic using XHTML, JS, DHTML, PHP

Public presentation of Final project ideas with timeline and workflow, open topic. The Final project must be a server side website, including XHTML, DHTML, Javascript, PHP/MySQL
2 Thu, Jun 03 INTRO 2 History of the web from cold war paranoia to homeland security. Arpanet, Evolution of the web. Definition of CLIENT/ SERVER side. Applications and examples. TEXT as the base for all Internet creation. SSH, SFTP, FUGU, Fetch, FTP. Basic HTML, structure, theory, open source. More Basic HTML, definitions, syntax, examples, text coding, browser particularities. Fonts, sizes, colors. Images.
3 Tue, Jun 08 CLIENT 2 ASCII Art Project /// Advanced HTML: display of information, tables.
4 Thu, Jun 10 CLIENT 1 More Tables, images, transparent gifs.
5 Tue, Jun 15 CLIENT 2 Advanced HTML: frames. Advantages and disadvantages. Embedding Applets, SWF, DCR, QT movs. Sounds and animation.
6 Thu, Jun 17 CLIENT 4 XHTML = CONTROL!!! Cascading Style Sheets, DTDs, examples, definition, design, pre-production. Applied XHTML + CSS 1: text styles
7 Tue, Jun 22 CLIENT 6 Client side programming for the web. Javascript: DHTML
8 Thu, Jun 24 CLIENT 8 Javascript. notions of variables, functions, usage, examples: form verifications, random images, time and date. DHTML
9 Tue, Jun 29 Q&A WWW Memory Projects -
10 Thu, Jul 01 JS 2 Javascript. Form verification via JS, handling of information via PHP -Server side programming, permissions
11 Tue, Jul 06 PHP PHP Syntax and examples, $_GET and $_POSTPHP exercises 1, hidden buttons in forms, dynamic display. PHP and Databases, Understanding DBs, example of tab delimited text db.
12 Thu, Jul 08 NO CLASS NO CLASS
13 Tue, Jul 13 PHP PHPStructure, templates, organization.
14 Thu, Jul 15 PHP Presentation of Confessions projects - Group critique. Final project ideas presentation.
15 Tue, Jul 20 FP 2 Final project workshop


Technical books / manuals

• www.w3schools.com

• A. Michael Noll, Introduction to Telecommunications Electronics

Larry Ullman, PHP for the World Wide Web

Elizabeth Castro, HTML for the World Wide Web, 5th Edition

• Elizabeth Castro, PERL and CGI for the World Wide Web

Elizabeth Castro, XML for the World Wide Web

Tom Negrino & Dori Smith, Javascript for the World Wide Web

Jason Cranford Teague, DHTML and CSS for the World Wide Web

Reference books

• Gilles Lipovetsky, Era of Void

• Gilles Lipovetsky, L'empire de l'éphémère

• Rodolfo R. Llinás, I of the Vortex

• Javier Sampedro, Deconstructing Darwin

• Martin Heidegger, Zeit und Sein - Being and Time

• Celia Pearce, The Interactive Book

• Omar Calabrese, The Neo-Barroque Era

• Gilles Deleuze & Felix Guattari, Rizoma

• Gianni Romano, Artscape

• Keith Cameron, Multimedia Call: Theory and Practice

• Laurence Strene, Tristam Shandy

• John Wiley & Sons; (July 1994), Analogous Digital

• Stanley Aranowitz, Barbara Martisons & Michael Menser, Technoscience and Cyberculture: A Cultural Study

• Jean Baudrillard, Simulacra and Simulation

• Martin Davis, The Universal Computer: The Road from Leibniz to Turing

• Régis Debray, Vie et mort de l'image : une histoire du regard en Occident.

• David Deutsch, The Science of Parallel Universes-And Its Implications

• Mark Dery, Escape Velocity: Cyberculture at the End of the Century

• Silvio Gaggi. From text to hypertext. Decentering the subject in Fiction, Film, the visual arts and Electronic Media.

• Oliver Grau. Virtual Art: From Illusion to Immersion.

• George P. Landow, Hypertext 2.0: The Convergence of Contemporary Critical Theory and Technology (Parallax - Re-Visions of Culture and Society)

• Pierre Levy. La machine univers: Création, cognition et culture informatique

• Peter Lunenfeld (Ed.). The digital dialectic. New essays on new media

• Lev Manovich. The Language of New Media

• Philipe Quéau, Le virtuel : vertus et vertiges. Champ Vallon ; Institut national de l'audiovisuel.

• Sherry Turkle, Life on the screen

• Paul Virilio, The Vision Machine

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