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| Digital Tools and Techniques for Artists
SAIC WIRED| Syllabus Fall 20061
 Course overview: SAIC Wired
This fourteen-week course introduces the basic concepts, strategies, and techniques associated with using the laptop computer and the web as a tool for creating art and documenting artisticresearch and practice. This course will introduce the basic syntax (HTML) for publishing word,image, and multimedia on the World Wide Web. The course will also present a basic history of the WWW as well as analyze and test contemporary tools for research, collaboration, and pro-duction online.
Curriculum contact: SAIC Wired
Tiffany Holmes, Associate ProfessorChair, Department of Art and Technology StudiesEmail: tholme (at) artic (dot) edu
 About SAIC Wired
This 1.5 credit hour course is intended to enhance the first year program curriculum by providing struc-tured, targeted tutorials that introduce students to basic and advanced imaging and web authoring tech-niques in an academic context that is both critical and celebratory of the new media tools —both proprie-tary and open-source—to facilitate art production. The tutorials are also designed to assist first year corefaculty in encouraging students to document and share their research and studio projects online withtheir peers. The web is a medium that now must be understood and managed by artists from any field; forthis reason, the curriculum is focused on imaging for the web, and authoring (HTML) for the web. Thecourse also provides a survey of new online collaborative research tools.
•10 electronic sketchbook assignments•Online sketchbook to document weekly laptop sketches (using SAIC web space)•Occasional readings•Pre and Post-Surveys; final examination
 Attendance Policy 
3 or more unexcused absences will result in an incomplete or a grade of “no credit.”
Optional text:
 All selected items come from Noah Wardrip-Fruin and Nick Montforts (eds.)
 New Media Reader
(NMR), MIT Press, 2003.
Lev Manovich,
 New Media from Borges to HTML
, 2003 (NMR, p.13-25) Vannevar Bush,
 As We May Think
, 1945 (NMR, p.35-48)Jorge Luis Borges,
The Garden of Forking Paths,
1941 (
 New Media Reader,
MIT Press, 2003, p, 29-34)Marshall McCluhan,
The Medium is the Message
, 1964 (NMR, p. 203-209)Stuart Moulthrop's
You Say You Want a Revolution,
1991. (NMR, p.692-704)Tim Berners-Lee, et al.
The World Wide Web
, 1994 (NMR, p, 791-798)
SAIC WIRED| Syllabus Fall 20062
: Summary of activities and assignments
Introduction Week 1
Course survey; Introduction to Macintosh desktop, SystemPreferences; Introduction of open source or free digital tools:Free Software and Open Source(FOSS, or FLOS - Free, Li-bre and Open Software)>
 Sketch 1
Digital Archive>
Lev Manovich,
 New Media from Borges to HTML
, 2003 (
 New Media Reader
(NMR), MITPress, 2003, p.13-25)
Digital Imaging 
 Week 2
Analog tools digitized: Pen, pencil, airbrush, paintbrush,paint bucket. Problem: Digital icons creation.>
 Sketch 2
Icon creation
  Week 3
Basic digital imaging and compositing>
 Sketch 3
Photoshop Tennis: Choose a partner inclass to play a game of Photoshop tennis with thru email. Flatten and save as JPEGbefore emailing each version of the compo-sition. Also, save an archive of ALL youremailed JPEGs. You will be using them inanother assignment.
 Week 4
Subtractive processes with digital imaging; screenshots.>
 Sketch 4 
 Ad-stract: Remove all text from a popular webpage.
  Week 5
Input and Output (scanning, archiving, backup, burning CDsand DVDs, CD and DVD label templates, etc.), etc.>
 Sketch 5
Check out a digital camera and prepare analbum of photographs that relates to yourresearch interests>Reading Vannevar Bush,
 As We May Think
, 1945(NMR, p.35-48)
 Week 6
Input and Output continued: DVDs. Discussion: VannevarBush reading.>
 Sketch 6 
Use Service Bureau to output one photo-graph to print. This could be your Photo-shop Tennis assignment or a collage of items produced in the Wired class.
SAIC WIRED| Syllabus Fall 20063
Syntax of WWW 
 Week 7
Introduction to HTML (1); Text formating and links; absoluteand relative; Discussion of Bush reading.>
 Sketch 7 
Self-Portrait in HTML
 Week 8
Introduction to HTML (2): IMG tag and authoring images forthe web and demo of “Save for Web” protocol in Photoshop.Introduction to FTP (SecureFTP 2.5)>
 Sketch 8
Add images/upload: Self-Portrait in HTML
 Week 9
Using a WYSIWYG editor to create web pages: tables, Mul-timedia: Tags/considerations for streaming media: video,animation, and sound>
 Sketch 9
Preparing an artist’s working sketchbook;Documenting your work online
 Week 10
Intermediate HTML: Using stylesheets (CSS) to control for-mating and enhance consistency of site design.>
 Sketch 9
Preparing an artist’s working sketchbook;Documenting your work online: Remake your site using CSS.
 WWW Publishing Week 11
Site Prototyping: Website as Documentation Tool: Creating a web site to document an installation, performance, etc.>
 Sketch 9
Preparing an artist’s working sketchbook;Documenting your work online>
Jorge Luis Borges,
The Garden of Forking  Paths,
1941 (NMR, p, 29-34)
 WWW Community 
 Week 12
Social bookmarking, folksonomies, collaborative archiving asa research tool. Case study:
. Discussion: Borges.
 Sketch 10
Create an online bookmark archive (add 10bookmarks)>
(4 short pieces)Stuart Moulthrop,
You Say You Want a Revolution,
1991, (NMR,p.692-704)Tim Berners-Lee, et al.
The World Wide Web
, 1994 (NMR, p,791-798)Marshall McCluhan,
The Medium is the Message
, 1964 (NMR, p.203-209.Online, read Marshall McCluhan’s “Understanding Media”:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marshall_McLuhan

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