Intermedia | ART 4080 J01

Class Meets: Monday/Wednesday 1PM to 3:15APM
Location: Media Art Research Studio (MARS)
Professor: Sean Clute, sean@seanclute.net
Class URL: www.seanclute.net/intermedia/
Office Hours: Monday 10AM-11AM/Tuesday 11:30PM-12:30PM or by appointment

Course Description:
Intermedia is an experimental class in which we will create new genres of art. Students will be mentored to develop awareness, imagination, and an interdisciplinary approach to creative practice. Students will be exposed to deep listening techniques, expanded cinema, movement research and emergent media. The class will also provide an environment where students are encouraged to attempt the unknown while embracing failure.

Goals:
Develop methods for creating new genres of art
Explore forms, structures, and approaches to interdisciplinary practice
Introduce the history, criticism, and theory surrounding intermedia
Discover more about ourselves through accidents in art-making

Grading:
Assignments = 40%
Final Project = 30%
Participation = 30%

Assignment Summary:
Assignment #1 (Listening) | 10%: You will create a sound walk
Assignment #2 (Seeing) | 10%: You will create a video installation
Assignment #3 (Moving) | 10%: You will create a site specific performance
Assignment #4 (Futurologists) | 10%: You must discover something new and explain it
Final Project: | 30% You will create a final project to be shown at the end of the semester

Participation | 30%:
I take attendance. For each class (after three absences) I drop your final grade by one letter (ex. A to B)
Critiques are super important! If you miss a critique I drop your final grade by a minus (ex A to A-)

Connecting to the Class Server
We have a class server (an external storage device) in which all assignments must be uploaded.
To access the server:
Finder/Go/Connect to Server/Connect
or
press [command k] when in the finder

If the server address is blank. Then type in smb://155.42.34.15/art and press connect.

Checking out Equipment or Cameras:
To check out cameras go to IT in Martinetti Hall

Help:
You can always email me at sean@seanclute.net
You can come to my office hours (see above)
You can file a report with IT here: https://servicedesk.vsc.edu/

MARS Hours:
MARS is open to you when no class is present. You must get your ID activated at security to use.

Schedule Details:

Class 1 (Jan 16) – Orientation

Introduction to the class:
Who are we?
Survey
Syllabus

Watch:
John Cleese on How to be Creative

Discuss:
What is the difference between working in a open and closed system?
How does one get into an open system?
Why is creativity important?
What is the difference between creativity and imagination?
Why is interdisciplinary learning important?

Homework:
Think about what your biggest artistic failure is, why, and what you learned from it. I want you to write your thoughts down and bring them to next class. We will discuss them.

Class 2 (Jan 18) -Failure

Discussion:
What is your biggest artistic failure, why, and what did you learn from it?

Failure Lab:
(in groups of two; that a computer will randomly assign)
(before starting we get into an open system. what elements do we need to do this?)

1) Recreate the essence of Tony Briggs

2) Create digital documentation of your creation

4) You must work for 40 minutes
5) If you don’t know what to do or think you are finished before 40 minutes; work more
6) Place file/s on ART/_CluteIntermedia/Assignments/Failure


Homework:
Over the weekend. Get into an open system. Afterwards, how you got into it and what you did while it. Bring to next class.
Bring a stick and blindfold to next class!

Class 3 (Jan 23) -Deep Listening

Discuss:
Your weekend open system experience

Deep Listening Introduction:
Deep Listening is a philosophy and practice developed by Pauline Oliveros that distinguishes the difference between the involuntary nature of hearing and the voluntary selective nature of listening. The result of the practice cultivates appreciation of sounds on a heightened level, expanding the potential for connection and interaction with one’s environment, technology and performance with others in music and related arts.

The practice of Deep Listening provides a framework for artistic collaboration and musical improvisation and gives composers, performers, artists of other disciplines, and audiences new tools to explore and interact with environmental and instrumental sounds.

Workshop:
Taoist Massage (slapping)
Knocking at the Gate of Life
Walking
Sound/Body
Group Circle Awareness
Sending Sound
Sending Sound and Touch
Sending Touch
Connecting Thought to Sound

Homework:
Read Art of Field Recording
Read Schizophonia vs l’objet sonore: soundscapes and artistic freedom by Francisco López January 1997

Class 4 (Jan 25) -Deep Listening

Listening:
We will actively listen to Francisco Lopez’s Buildings

Read Art of Field Recording
Read Schizophonia vs l’objet sonore: soundscapes and artistic freedom by Francisco López January 1997

Homework:
While actively listening to Buildings I want you create a response to the sounds, your thoughts during active listening, and how you “felt” while listening. The response may be written, drawn, spoken, or an action. Bring it to next class.

Class 5 (Jan 30) -Response DUE! | Deep Listening

Discuss:
Response to Buildings

About Soundwalks:
“At its simplest, a soundwalk is just what its name implies: a walk during which you simply pay attention to each sound you encounter. More complex variations can include seeking out the most distant sound audible, or the faintest. Soundwalks are just as interesting in cities as in nature, and indeed, urban acoustic ecology offers many points for reflection and even aesthetic appreciation.” — Jim Cummings

Essay on Soundwalking
World Soundscape Project
World Listening Project
Acoustic Ecology Institute
Macaulay Library
Elastic City

Assignment #1 (DUE Feb 8): In groups of three you will create a soundwalk. There are two components to this assignment. Below are the details:
PART ONE (action):
* Create a soundwalk on the campus of Johnson State College
* Each group must have 3-5 locations
* Each location must include 3-5 minutes of class attention
* Each group must guide the class to locations with a planned route
* The route must be direct and determined by the sounds present
PART TWO (documentation):
* Each group must create a digital map of the locations
* The digital map must visually represent the sounds/experiences
* Each group must make a recording of the soundwalk that includes:
– One minute per location
– All recordings in one soundfile
– The soundfile must be saved as a .mp3
* Each group must write a paragraph per location describing the sound
* All files must be labeled and placed in one folder
* File must be uploaded to ART/_Clute/Intermedia/Assignments/1_Soundwalk

Assignment Futurologist #1 (DUE Feb 13): You will research and present something interesting to us about the future of sound.
Requirements:

* You must research something related to the future of sound
* The research may focus on a person, group, event, or subject
* You must write a one page response that includes
– A summary of your chosen subject
– Why you think this is an interesting subject
– Why it is important (or not) to us all
* You will present your findings to the class
* File must be uploaded to ART/_Clute/Intermedia/Assignments/FuturologistI
NOTE: You must do 2 of the 3 Futurologist assignments throughout the semester for full credit.

Lab:
We will listen to past examples of JSC Soundwalks.

Homework:
Scout locations for the soundwalk

Class 6 (Feb 1) -Deep Listening

Soundwalk:
Group work on creating a soundwalk and documentation

Class 7 (Feb 6) -Deep Listening

Soundwalk:
Group work on creating a soundwalk and documentation, because it is due next class!

Class 8 (Feb 8) -DUE: Deep Listening Assignment

DUE Deep Listening Assignment:
You will present your sound walk. All documentation must be on server by start of class!

Class 9 (Feb 13) -DUE: Futurologist #1 | Coffee

DUE Futurologist #1:
Presenters will tell us something interesting about the future of sound.

Coffee:
What were your strategies for listening?
How is listening different then looking at a painting (or is it)?
What emotions did you hear in our soundwalk?
What would you do different as a guide?
What would you do different as a participant?

Class 10 (Feb 15) – Seeing

Viewing:
We will see examples of video installations and The Way Things Go

Assignment #2 (DUE Mar 13): In groups of two you will create a intermedia installation. There are two components to this assignment. Below are the details:

PART ONE (action):

* Create an installation in the black box
* Create an installation as if it will never be seen outside the black box
* The installation must use light and/or video
* The installation must relate to how we experience seeing
* Each group must create something however, all work can relate to each other

PART TWO (documentation):

* Each group must hand in 5 .jpgs of your installation
* Each group must hand in 2-3 minute .mov of your installation
* Each group must hand in a paragraph description about your installation
* Each group must hand in a paragraph about how the work relates to seeing
* Each group must talk about the work for 2-5 minutes
* Place the above materials on ART/_CluteIntermedia/Assignments/2_Seeing

Assignment Futurologist II (DUE Mar 15): You will research and present something interesting to us about the future of how we experience the world through sight.
Requirements:

* You must research something related to the future of sight
* The research may focus on a person, group, event, or subject
* You must write a one page response that includes
– A summary of your chosen subject
– Why you think this is an interesting subject
– Why it is important (or not) to us all
* You will present your findings to the class
* File must be uploaded to ART/_Clute/Intermedia/Assignments/FuturologistII
NOTE: You must do 2 of the 3 Futurologist assignments throughout the semester for full credit.

Class 11 (Feb 27) -Seeing

Lab:
In groups, you will start to:
1) brainstorm, concept
2) brainstorm logistics/materials

Class 12 (Mar 1) -Seeing

Lab:
Construct the Installation

Class 13 (Mar 6) -Seeing

Lab:
Construct the Installation

Class 14 (Mar 8) -Seeing

Lab:
Construct the Installation

Class 15 (Mar 13) -DUE: Assignment #2

DUE Assignment #2:
Your groups will present the projects in the Black Box at 1:30PM.

Class 16 (Mar 15) – DUE: Futurologist II | Coffee

DUE Futurologist II:
Presenters will tell us something interesting about the future of sight.

Coffee:
What were your strategies creating the project?
What was the most challenging aspects of the project and how did you overcome them?
What was the audience reaction to your work?
What would you do different if given a second chance?

Lecture:
I will lecture on Human Machine Interfaces.

Class 17 (Mar 20) -Guest: Hanna Satterlee | Movement

Guest Workshop:
Choreographer Hanna Satterlee will be giving a workshop.

Assignment #3 (DUE Mar 29):In small groups you will create a movement based work. The project must:
PART ONE (action):
* Create a movement piece on the campus of JSC
* The movement developed must relate to the location
* You must have costumes that relate to your work
* You must incorporate sound, video/light and sculpture
PART TWO (documentation):
* Each group must hand in a paragraph explaining:
– why you chose your location
– how you developed the movement
– how you chose what to wear
– how you integrated other media (sound, light, sculpture)
* Each group must hand in a video documenting their piece
* Each group must hand in 5 digital photographs of the piece
* Place the above materials on the ART/_CluteIntermedia/Assignments/3_Movement

Assignment Futurologist #3 (DUE Apr 17): You will research and present something interesting to us about the future of motion.
Requirements:

* You must research something related to the future of motion
* The research may focus on a person, group, event, or subject
* You must write a one page response that includes
– A summary of your chosen subject
– Why you think this is an interesting subject
– Why it is important (or not) to us all
* You will present your findings to the class
* File must be uploaded to ART/_Clute/Intermedia/Assignments/FuturologistIII

Class 18 (Mar 22) – Movement

Work on the movement assignment

Class 19 (Mar 27) – Guest: Hanna Satterlee | Movement

Hanna Satterlee will be mentoring you on your movement projects due next class.
Work on the movement assignment

Class 20 (Mar 29) – Movement

Work on the movement assignment

Class 21 (Apr 10) – Guests: Pattern Behavior

Guest:
Pattern Behavior, a electronic music group will be visiting our class!

Concert:
Pattern Behavior concert is at 7PM in Dibden

Class 22 (Apr 12) – DUE: Assignment Movement

DUE Movement Assignment:
The movement assignment is due today! We shall view your performances. All documentation must be on ART server.

Class 23 (Apr 17) – Lecture:Coffee | DUE:Future III

Lecture:
Coffee House

DUE Futurologist III:
You will present your futurologist research.

FINAL (DUE May 3): Individually or in groups (of any size) you will attempt to create an art form that has never been attempted before.
Requirements:
PART ONE (action):
* You may work individually or in groups
* You must create a new art form
* You may incorporate any type of existing art form or practice
* The work may or may not be “performative”
* I reward attempting an experimental project that might end in failure
* You must get this project approved by me first
PART TWO (documentation):
* You must hand in a one page description of the project
* You must hand in appropriate documentation (audio, video, images, etc.)
* Extra documentation will be rewarded

Screening:
We will view past student works
You will solidify your project and groups
You will submit (on paper) your group members to me by the end of next class.
You will submit (on paper) a one page description of your project to me by the end of next class

Class 24 (Apr 19) – Final – Lab

Lab:
You will submit (on paper) your group members to me by the end of class.
You will submit (on paper) a one page description of your project to me by the end of class
Create final project

Class 25 (Apr 24) – Final – Lab

Lab:
Create final project

Class 26 (Apr 26) – Final – Lab

Lab:
Create final project

Class 27 (May 1) – Final – Lab

Create final project; note that it is due next class!

Class 28 (May 3) -FINAL DUE TODAY!

DUE Final:
You will present and hand in your FINAL today!

FINAL Meeting (May 8)

You can meet individually my office VAC 004 between 1-3PM. All documentation must be on art server at this time.