New Media, 510-116-DW VISUAL ARTS 1 (Mondays and Wednesdays)

Andres Manniste
Autumn 2017

SYLLABUS (Revised 19/08/18)


Week 1: (August 28, August 23)
Introduction to course. Reading art (powerpoint)
Reading: Is Google Making us Stupid? (Is Google Making us Stupid? .pdf version), Is Google making us Stupid Slide Show
Reference: Hyperallergic (art blog out of NYC)
Browsing: Rhizome Artbase,, Digital Art Museum,, editors: Emilie Gervais and Felix Magal (,

Labour Day: September 4

Week 2: (Thursday, September 7, August 30)
Lecture: Introduction to New Media Technologies
Project 1 (individual project, raster image, 15%)
Lab: Logon, working with programs, entering and exiting files, portable memory, network.
Link: Jeremy Shuback: Photoshop Crash Course
Browsing: Petra Cortright (2007) vvebcam, and John F. Simon, Jr. (1997) Every Icon (link to .gif version)
Reading: Mark and Jana, Reena (2007) New Media Art, "Art in the age of digital distribution", pp.6-9 9 ("Defining New Media art" to "Themes/tendencies").

Week 3: (September 11, September 6)
Introduction to Adobe Photoshop, drawing and painting tools
Reading: Tribe, Mark and Jana, Reena (2007) New Media Art, "Art in the age of digital distribution", pp.10-13 ("Themes/tendencies" to end of article).
Browsing: Shelley Jackson (1997) My Body and Penny Goring (2015) Deletia-self portrait with no self
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Links to on-line drawing and painting programs


Week 4: (September 18, September 13)
Working on project 1 in computer lab, image editing
Reading (about defining mechanically produced art): Walter Benjamin (1936) The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction, (Sections I, II, IV, V and XII);
Browsing: Olia Lialina (1996) My Boyfriend Came Back From the War
, Olia Lialina (2013) Summer

(September 21, 2018):

Guest Speaker: John Boyle-Singfield (4pm to 6 pm)

John Boyle-Singfield is an artist based in Montreal. He was born in Canada and studied at the School of Fine Arts in Lyon. His work echoes a society in which the effects of technology and late capitalism have been absorbed into our bodies and altered our vision of the world. He often uses appropriation as a technique to explore the ideological ramifications of authority, authorship and identity in the internet age. He is also interested in banal forms and everyday objects, especially when they become art by renouncing their likeness to the living. From them, he elaborates social constructs and complex installations, questioning structures of value, language, and memory, within an equally constructed class society. John Boyle-Singfeld, Reconstitution (2015), Terms of Service (2015)

Week 5: (September 25, September 20)
Lab: Working with Quicktime and Film Editing Software
Reference: Eva and Franco Mattes (2008) It's always six o'clock, and Mu Gallery, Eindhoven, NL (2008) It's always six o'clock.

Week 6: (October 2, September 27)
Lab: Working with raster image software
Lecture: Anime to Arts

Browsing:, Dina Kelberman (2012) I'm google and
Amalia Soto (ongoing) Molly Soda's Newhive and Molly Soda (2017) Peanut Butter

Homework: Take a movie of yourself and save it as mp4, .avi or .mov to your usb key or on a dvd.

Thanksgiving October 10

Week 7:(Wednesday, October 11, October 4)

Project 1 due

Lecture: Benjamin (Benjamin slides)
Introduction to Project 2 (individual project, moving graphics, 15%

Lab: Work session. Working on simple animations, gifs. Make a small animation. 5%.

Making a simple animation

Youtube links on animation:
Creating an Animated GIF in Photoshop CC (Frame animation)
How To Make A Simple Animation in Photoshop CC (Timeline animation)

Reading: Natalie Bookchin, Alexei Shulgin (1999) Introduction to (1994-1999)
Browsing: Rafael Rozendaal (2010),
Takeo Yamaguchi (2006) Candy Factory Projects,Tokyo Rose Advertising
and Ed Fornieles (2016) DER GEIST: FLESH FEAST #selfmanagement #biohacking #diet #lowcarb #highfat


Week 8 (October 16, Mid-term assessment, October 18)

Video presentation (Group 2) by Yn Hsien Chen and Angellque Padua based on the 'Vernacular Web' essays by Olia Lialina.

Browsing: Jodi (2006) MAX PAYNE CHEATS ONLY ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------.webloc

Week 9: (October 23, October 25)

TEST (10%) On readings, lectures and browsing to date

Lab: working on .gifs

Browsing: Vuk Cosic (1999) Deep ascii, (Deep ascii gif version)
Amalia Ulman (2014) Excellences & Perfections and Amalia Ulman's Instagram:
Reading: Émilie Gervais (2014), A LETTER TO YOUNG INTERNET ARTISTS


Week 10: (October 30, November 1)

Lecture: Copyright and plagiarism

What is post Internet?

Browsing: Stellarc (1996) Ping Body (Google it!) and Mouchette (Avatar, 1996-2010, Martine Neddam)

Project 3 (group project, program-based, 20%) Morality and Ethics in New Media
How to write a proposal

Week 11: (November 6, November 8)

Project 2 due

Lecture : the context for media art. Art in the age of digital distribution Slide show

Lab: Introduction to Internet, Web workshops; Simple webpage mini-tutorial
or (an even simpler mini-tutorial)

Browsing: Young-Hae Chang Heavy industries (2005) Super Smile. and Alexei Shulgin (1998) 386DX Cyberpunk rock band  

daffen   women

Week 12: (November 13, November 15)

Project proposals due

Presentation of proposals. Formation of groups. How to work in groups

Browsing: (Eva and Franco Mattes...Google them!)

Reading: Tilman Baumgärtel (1999) Interview with 0100101110101101.ORG

Week 13: (November 20, November 22 )

Lab: More html. Web workshops continued.

Reading: Tilman Baumgärtel (1997) Interview with Jodi

Browsing: Dora Moutot (2012) You Made Me Cry; The 3rd Wrong Biennale

Week 14: (November 27, November 29)

TEST (10%) On readings, lectures and Browsings to date.
Work session


Week 15:
(December 4, December 6)

Project 3 due, class critique

(December 13, 2017 at 15:00)
Last submission of projects


Course outline (pdf)