| 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
3 or more unexcused absences will result in an incomplete or a grade of “no credit.”
All selected items come from Noah Wardrip-Fruin and Nick Montforts (eds.)
New Media Reader
(NMR), MIT Press, 2003.
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,
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)