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Syllabus for January 2016

Topics and Reading Assignments


Digital forms of text, sound, images, and video enable rapid communication and manipulation of large amounts of information. Digital sensors provide easy access to information about the environment. Connecting sensors with digital media enables the creation of artistic installations with dynamic narratives that respond to a user's actions. Students will learn to manipulate digital media and collect sensor data using both applications and their own computer programs. By combining the two, they will create their own artistic installation and demonstrate it at the end of the term.

Each group will be responsible for creating an interactive art installation. The installation must meet a few basic requirements: (1) it must incorporate sensing, (2) it must have at least one form of physical output (visual, audio, haptic), (3) at least one form of the output must change in response to the sensor input in an obvious manner. The group must also have a wiki or web page describing the project and including photos or videos of the project in action.

Each individual will be responsible for developing a portfolio of their work for the term. The portfolio must contain at least the following items: (1) one visual piece, (2) one audio piece, (3) two critiques of prior interactive artwork, and (4) samples/descriptions of your contribution to your group project. The portfolio must be provided as a wiki or web page.

Satisfactory completion of the above requirements is sufficient for an A- in the course. Exceeding the requirements, or exceptional implementation of the requirements is sufficient for an A. All other cases will be graded using the following breakdown.

Participation 20%
Portfolio 30%
Project 50%

Course Goals and Grading Rubric

Late Policy:

The short assignments will be presented in class. The project must be on display during the final day of the semester. The portfolio and group project report are due on the last day of the semester. There is no late policy.

Daily Topics and Readings

  • Introduction, interactive art concepts
  • Isadora/Csound introduction
  • Group exercises
  • Project proposals
  • Material/sensor acquisition
  • Interaction/adaptation design
  • Group work
  • Video manipulation/analysis
  • Video exercise
  • Group work
  • Installation setup
  • Installation demonstration
Demo Week