Class 1 Aug 24
Class 2 Aug 26
Class 3 Aug 31
Class 4 Sept 2
Class 5 Sept 7
Class 6 Sept 9
Class 7 Sept 14
Class 8 Sept 16
Class 9 Sept 21
Class 10 Sept 23
Class 11 Sept 28
Class 12 Sept 30
Class 13 Oct 12
Class 14 Oct 14
Class 15 Oct 19
Class 16 Oct 21
Class 17 Oct 26
Class 18 Oct 28
Class 19 Nov 2
Class 20 Nov 4
Class 21 Nov 9
Class 22 Nov 11
Class 23 Nov 16
Class 24 Nov 18
Class 25 Nov 30
Class 26 Dec 2
Class 27 Dec 7
Class 28 Dec 9
FINAL Dec 14

Advanced Digital Media: ART 4040 J01

Class Meets: Tuesday/Thursday 9:00AM to 11:15AM
Professor: Sean Clute, 802-635-1496
Class URL:
Office Hours: Monday/Wednesday 1:00PM-3:00PM or by appointment

Course Description:
This class will focus on topics in digital media art production such as interactivity, emergent media, and computer programming for artists.This course offers a survey of contemporary digital image processes and tools, including digital photography, illustration, design, and video/multimedia. This course will also focus on the relationship of digital media to established art forms and study possibilities for their integration. The course will also cover contemporary work in technology-influenced art practice and theory.

Develop language and techniques for creating DIY software using Max/MSP Jitter
Learn a variety of sound, video, and interactive programming principles
Learn how to use computers and software for creative purposes
Introduce the history, criticism, and theory surrounding emergent media
Discover more about ourselves and methods of self-expression through new media art

Software introduced:
Max/MSP, Jitter
After Effects
Final Cut Pro

Assignments = 75%
Final Project = 15%
Participation = 10%

Assignment Summary:
Assignment #1 (10,000 words): You will create a txt. document exactly 10,000 words in length.
Assignment #2 (Animated Head): You will create a talking animated head.
Assignment #3 (Interactive Postcard): You will create an interactive software patch.
Assignment #4 (Collage): You will create a collage using Photoshop.
Assignment #5 (Logo): You will create four logos for a real or fictitious company.
Assignment #6 (Animation): You will create an animated short.
Assignment #7 (Pitch): You will create a short pitch regarding your final project.

Final Project: You will create a final project to be shown at the end of the semester. This project must use some of the techniques we have been developing in class. It may be informed from a previous assignment or a new idea.

Other miscellaneous stuff:
No food or drink in the computer lab!
Backup your work!
I give extra credit for attending artist lectures.
No cellphones, texting, Facebook, (or whatever web 2.0 thing you do unless it is part of class).

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
press [command k] when in the finder

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

Checking out Cameras:
You may check out cameras for the class. I recommend using the Canon FS11 or Sayno.
To check out cameras go to Media Services on the second floor of the Library during busness hours.

This syllabus is subject to change. Actually, I can guarantee it. But I will tell you in class when it does. This class will be adapting to your skill level and needs! I mean, this is the 21st Century right? Everything is in flux, especially New Media and Digital Art. So we can be as well. With web 2.0 (like this wordpress site) we can update, evolve, adapt, and most importantly, learn about ourselves. Rock it!

Schedule Details:

Class 1 (Aug 24) – Orientation, Computer basics

Orientation and introduction to the class.

Computer basics including:
Using the dock to open applications
Folders and organization (using “_”)
Asset management (do not use “!@#$%^&*()<>?/;’|][“ when naming files and folders)
Save all assignments as LastnameFirstname.(filetype goes here)

Key commands
[command n] = make new things
[command s] = save
[command c] = copy
[command x] = cut
[command v] = paste
[command z] = undo

Assignment #1 (Due next class, Aug 25): Create a .txt document that includes 10,000 words of your choice. To do this 1) open TextEdit in the dock 2) write a word, followed by a space and copy it 3) paste it and the space 10,000 times 4) goto Format and select “Make Plain Text.” 5) save it as your LastnameFirstname.txt
To see if you have the correct amount of words 1) connect to internet 2) copy your work 3) paste it into 4) click submit.

Class 2 (Aug 26) Assignment #1 Due, Lecture: New Media

Assignment #1 DUE
Lecture on New Media

Class 3 (Aug 31) – Demo: Photoshop

Go over assignment

Assignment #2 Details (Due Sept 16):
You will create a talking animated head (portrait) for display on a video monitor for the opening of MARS (Media Arts Research Studio). The heads will welcome the guests. An example of the type of heads we could create is below:

To create the heads we will use a number of new media techniques. They are as follows:
1) Headshot of you or someone else (can be done with camera or Photobooth)
2) Headshot must include two photos (one with mouth open and another with mouth shut)
3) Photos will then be edited to take background out
4) Photos will stylized to add extra features (eyes, mouth, etc.)
5) Photos will be stylized by adding effects and color
6) Photos will include a background of the planet Mars
7) Text will be created to welcome guests
8) Text will be recorded
9) Photo and text will be put together in Max/MSP Jitter
10) We will collectively install heads on computer

Photoshop Demo

Class 4 (Sep 2) – Lab: Photoshoping heads

We will finish photoshoping our heads but first…

What makes a good party?
What does this party look/feel like?
Curation (photo, video, sound, other)?
Promotion (contagious media) ?

Ok, now lets do some photoshoping…

  1. In Photoshop open your talking animated head .psd files (one should have mouth open, the other shut)
  2. Go to Image > Canvas Size (see below)
  3. Change the dimensions to pixels (see below)
  4. Type in 640 for width and 480 for height (see below)
  5. Save




Next, you are selecting the background for your animated head and here are some steps for how to do this:

  1. Drag 1 of the 3 below images to your desktop
  2. Drag image to Photoshop in dock
  3. [Command + A] to select image
  4. [Command + C] to copy the image
  5. Open your collage and type [Command + V] to place in the background
  6. Drag Mars background layer to bottom / first layer of collage file


Class 5 (Sep 7) – Demo:Basic of Max I

Introduction to Max I including:
Max interface
Objects, Messages, Comments
Number Box

Look over examples we did in class
Class Examples

Try Tiny Max Assignment in folder (put this on server)

Watch this movie

Read this intro by Mr. Bucky (pages 15-35)

Class 6 (Sep 9) – Demo: Basics of Max II

Introduction to Max II including:
Routing (Gate, Select)
Adding pictures and video
Copying and Pasting stuff

Look over examples we did in class
Class Examples

Try Tiny Max Assignment #2. This is in the example folder
(When finished put this on the Art server)
(Forgot how to get on the server? Go to the finder/Go/Connect to Server/Select ok)

Because you probably haven’t done so already. Read this over the weekend. We shall discuss it in class on Tuesday!
Read this intro by Mr. Bucky (pages 15-35)

Class 7 (Sep 14) – Demo: Max Presentation | Lab: Interactive Postcard

Discuss the reading by Buckminster Fuller, also known as Bucky.

Mousestate with Max
Hiding and showing stuff with Max

Test our MARS project out
Download of Animated Talking head patch
Open prototype patch for talking heads
Play with prototype
Pick a voice to use for presentation

Go over Assignment #3 (Interactive Postcard)
Assignment #3 (Due Sep 16th): You will make a Max patch that has some interactivity. The assignment must:
Include elements of your most memorable vacation or weekend. Elements can include real or representations of this event including pictures, video, sound or other. The elements must have some type of interactivity so that when you send the postcard, the recipient gets to play with it. For example, if your vacation was chaotic then add an element of chaotic interaction. If your vacation was relaxing, then make the interaction reflect this.
* The postcard must be saved as your LastnameFirstname.maxpat
* Include picture, sound, and/or video
* Include some type of interactivity (button, keystate, mousestate, musical keyboard, etc.)
* The user must be able to control at least two aspects of the patch.
* The postcard must be uploaded to the art server.

Remember, we will be sharing this postcards with each other. So think about how you want people to interact with your memory.
Have fun!

Work on Assignment #3 (Interactive Postcard)

Class 8 (Sep 16) – Lab: Interactive Postcard

Work on Assignment #3 (Interactive Postcard)

hey molly, look what i found!

Class 9 (Sep 21) – Lab: Interactive Postcard

Oh look, Mr. Bucky just made the New York Times. Check it here:
Treats for Gear Heads

Today we are working on the Interactive Postcards.
Half way through class I will meet with each of you individually to go over revisions.

PARTY DUDE! (Sep 22) – Welcome to MARS (Media Arts Research Studio) PARTYYYYYYY

The Welcome to MARS party will be here, in MARS on
September 22 (Wednesday)
Bring your friends!!!

Class 10 (Sep 23) – Lab: Interactive Postcard

Work on Assignment #3 (Interactive Postcard)

Class 11 (Sep 28) – The Interactive Postcard is DUE!

The Interactive Postcards are due!
That means they must be uploaded to the ART server. All materials (sounds, pictures, video, etc) has to be in a folder with the max patch!
We will share them to each other, I will grade them based on the assignment outline, and we will move onward!

Class 12 (Sep 30) – Lecture: Collage | Demo: Photoshop I

Lecture on Collage

Discussion of bits, pixels, planes (R,G,B,A), char, resolution, bit map editing

Demo of basic tools in Photoshop including:
New projects
Image Size
Image Libraries (, google images)

Assignment #4 (Due Oct 19): Create a Photoshop collage to represent something about yourself such as a dream, emotion, or idea. The content can include original or found images.
* The size must be 1024×768 pixels.
* The collage must have at least seven layers.
* You must name each layer.
* You must have a reason for using each image, arrangement, and adjustment.
* The assignment must be uploaded as a .psd file to the ART serve

Class 13 (Oct 12) – Demo: Photoshop II | Lab: Collage

Demo of basic tools in Photoshop II including:
Selection tools (move, marque, magic wand, lasso)
Modify tools (brushes, paint bucket, clone stamp, eraser)
Other tools (text, ellipse)
Smart filters

Work on Assignment #4

Class 14 (Oct 14) – Lab: Collage

Work on assignment #4

Class 15 (Oct 19) – Assignment #4 Due!, Critique

Assignment #4 is Due on ART server!
Critique the collages

Class 16 (Oct 21) – Lecture: Design

Lecture on Principles of Design/Elements of Design
Lecture on Logos

Class 17 (Oct 26) – Demo: Illustrator | Lab: Logo

Discussion of vectors, primitives and paths vs. pixels

Illustrator demo includes:
Lines, Shapes, Primitives
Grouping and ungrouping
Turning text into objects
Live Trace

Assignment #5 (Due Nov 2): You will create four logos. The logos may represent a real or fictitious company.
* One logo must be text only (black and white).
* One logo must be shapes only (black and white).
* One logo must be text and shapes (black and white).
* Take your favorite logo and add color.
* Put all four logos into one Illustrator file.

Work on assignment #5

Class 18 (Oct 28) – Lab: Illustrator

Work on assignment #5

Class 19 (Nov 2) – Assignment #5 Due, Critique

Assignment #5 Due at 10AM

Class 20 (Nov 4) – Lecture: Animation | Demo: After Effects

Lecture on Animation Part I
Lecture on Animation Part II

Demonstration of After Effects including:

Setting up a new project/composition
Importing (pictures, video, sound)
Using the timeline (layers, show/hide, duration, playhead)
Making keyframes (scale, rotation, opacity, XY location)
Adding effects
Adding type
Exporting Video (Go to Composition/Make Movie/Press the “Render” Button in the middle right hand side/Name fine/Your good to go)

Assignment # 6 (Due Nov 8th): You will make a short animated collage to represent a current event of your choosing.
* The project must be at least 30 seconds in duration.
* You must use at least two of the following (position, opacity, scale, effects).
* You must include sound.
* Export as a quicktime and upload to server

Class 21 (Nov 9) – Lab: Animation

Work on assignment #6
I will be late to lab today but the lab will be open. I will arrive at 10AM and can make up the hour when you wish.

Class 22 (Nov 11) – Lab: Animation

Work on assignment #6

Class 23 (Nov 16) – Lab: Animation

Work on assignment #6

Next class you will give a short presentation on a possible final project (see final project below).
The presentation must:
* Be three to five minutes in length
* Include the following:
– what you would like to do for your final project
– why it is important to you
– how you will get the project done (what software, hardware, media you will use)

Go over final Assignment
Final Project: You will create a final project to be shown at the end of the semester. This project must use some of the techniques we have been developing in class. It may be informed from a previous assignment or a new idea. You must have some reason for doing it.

Class 24 (Nov 18) – Assignment #6 DUE | Pitch DUE

Assignment #6 is Due at 9AM!
Assignment #7 will follow (the pitch)

You will give a presentation on your final project that will be open to class discussion (a pitch).
The class will discuss the practicality of this project and why it is important to you.

Class 25 (Nov 30) – Lab

Work on Final Project

Class 26 (Dec 2) – Lab

Work on Final Project

Class 27 (Dec 7) – Lab

Work on Final Project

Class 28 (Dec 9) – Final Project Due, Wrap-Up/Back-Up | Artist Talk

Final Project Due

You must attend this artist talk. It starts at 3PM at the Sterns Performance Space. Trust me, you will dig it.
Context Hacking: Some Examples of How to Mess with Art, the Media System, Law and the Market

By Johannes Grenzfurthner (monochrom)

The term “context hacking”—like its older mimetic sibling “communication guerilla”—refers to unconventional forms of communication and/or intervention in more conventional processes of communication. Context hacking is a specific style of political action drawing from a watchful view of the paradoxes and absurdities of power, turning these into the starting point for interventions by playing with representations and identities, with alienation and over-identification.

Johannes Grenzfurthner will present some projects by monochrom, a worldwide operating collective from Vienna dealing with technology, art, and philosophy that was founded in 1993. The group specializes in an unpeculiar mixture of proto-aesthetic fringe work, pop attitude, subcultural science, and political activism. Their mission is conducted everywhere, but first and foremost “in culture-archaeological digs into the seats (and pockets) of ideology and entertainment.”

Johannes Grenzfurthner is an artist, writer, curator, and director. He is the founder of monochrom, an internationally acting art and theory group. He holds a professorship for art theory and art practice at the University of Applied Sciences in Graz, Austria. He is head of the “Arse Elektronika” festival in San Francisco, host of “Roboexotica” (Festival for Cocktail-Robotics, Vienna and San Francisco), and co-curates the Paraflows Symposium in Vienna. He gave talks at SXSWi, O’Reilly ETech, FooCamp, Maker Faire, HOPE, Chaos Communication Congress, Google (Tech Talks), ROFLCon, Ars Electronica, Transmediale, Influencers, Mozilla Drumbeat Barcelona or the Neoteny Camp Singapore.
He and his projects have been featured in New York Times, Liberation, Spiegel, San Francisco Chronicle, CNN, Reuters, Slashdot, Boing Boing, New Scientist, The Edge, LA Times, NPR, ZDF, Gizmodo, Wired, Süddeutsche Zeitung, CNet or the Toronto Star.
Recurring topics in Johannes’ artistic and textual work are contemporary art, activism, performance, humor, philosophy, postmodernism, media theory, cultural studies, sex tech, popular culture studies, science fiction, and the debate about copyright.

FINALS (Dec 14) – individual meetings

I will meet with you each individually the finals week. If you miss this your final grade drops a letter.

8:00 Molly
8:15 Nick
8:30 Emily
9:00 Anna
9:15 Kelly
9:30 Ira
9:45 Liz