Class 1 Aug 23
Class 2 Aug 25
Class 3 Aug 30
Class 4 Sep 1
Class 5 Sep 6
Class 6 Sep 8
Class 7 Sep 13
Class 8 Sep 15
Class 9 Sep 20
Class 10 Sep 22
Class 11 Sep 27
Class 12 Sep 29
Class 13 Oct 11
Class 14 Oct 13
Class 15 Oct 18
Class 16 Oct 20
Class 17 Oct 25
Class 18 Oct 27
Class 19 Nov 1
Class 20 Nov 3
Class 21 Nov 8
Class 22 Nov 10
Class 23 Nov 15
Class 24 Nov 17
Class 25 Nov 29
Class 26 Dec 1
Class 27 Dec 6
Class 28 Dec 8
Advanced Digital Media: ART 4020 J01
Class Meets: Tuesday/Thursday 1:00PM to 3:15PM
Location: Media Art Research Studio (MARS)
Professor: Sean Clute, firstname.lastname@example.org
Class URL: www.seanclute.net/advanceddigitalmedia
Office Hours: Monday 10AM-11AM / Tuesday 11:30AM-12:30PM or by appointment
Advanced Digital Media offers a survey of electronic art making processes and tools including sensors, circuits, microcontrollers, video and sound. Intended for students who have background in media arts, the course focuses on the relationship of electronics and design. The course also covers contemporary work in technology-influenced art practice and theory.
Develop language and techniques for creating and critiquing media arts
Learn how to use software and hardware for creative purposes
Learn a variety of conceptual, design and experimental art-based principles
Introduce the history and criticism surrounding media arts
Discover more about ourselves and methods of self-expression through art
Assignment #1 (Pecha Kucha) | 10%: You will create a presentation on an artist
Assignment #2 (Hardware) | 10%: You will create microcontroller-based artwork
Assignment #3 (Software) | 10%: You will create a software-based artwork
Assignment #4 (Design/Pitch) | 10%: You will make design for the final project
Final Project: | 30% 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.
Participation | 30%:
Participation is a huge part of your grade!
Each class after three absences I drop your final grade by one (ex. A to B)
If you miss a critique I drop your final grade by a minus (ex. A to A-)
If you miss the final show you fail the course
What happens in class:
Class typically breaks down one of four ways: lecture, demo, lab, and critique
Lectures include me talking about a topic relevant to media art
Demos include me showing you how to use software relevant to the lecture and your assignment
Labs are time for you to work and ask questions about the assignment
Critiques will occur on assignment due dates. For all assignments you will be required to defend your work
Other miscellaneous stuff:
I give extra credit for attending artist lectures
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 type in “smb://126.96.36.199/art” and press connect
Equipment and Materials:
To check out gear go to IT in Martientti Hall between 8AM-4:30PM
We will be using this: Adafruit ARDXv1.3 if you want to purchase one
Free trial of Max/MSP Jitter can be found here: https://cycling74.com
You can always email me at email@example.com
You can come to my office hours (see above)
For technical help you can file a report with IT here: https://servicedesk.vsc.edu/
MARS is open to you when no class is present. You must get your ID activated at security.
Class 1 (Aug 23) – Orientation
Class 2 (Aug 25) – Screening Examples
Class 3 (Aug 30) – Pecha Kucha
Assignment #1 (DUE Sep 1): You will create a pitch using a modified version of the presentation style Pecha Kucha.
* The presentation must include 10 slides
* Each slide will last for 20 seconds
* The slides must be made in Keynote (use my format on ART server)
* First slide introduces yourself
* Other slides focus on a artist, movement, or exhibition, performance, etc.
* Topic must be related to contemporary design, electronics, interactivity, etc.
* A good resource is Stephen Wilson’s Links
* Label file as LastnameFirstname.key
* Place file on ART/_CluteAdvancedDigital/Assignments/1_Pecha
Class 4 (Sep 1) – Assignment #1 DUE
Class 5 (Sep 6) – Microcontroller I
Assignment #2 (DUE Oct 11 @ 2PM): You will design a prototype for a device, installation, toy or machine using basic microcontroller techniques. The device doesn’t need to fully operate but should be demonstrable to the class. You may work in groups.
* Create a prototype for a device using Arduino
* Brainstorm what the viewer sees, hears, feels, experiences, etc.
* Create mockup circuit with the basic guts of your device
* The circuit may be one we created in class or a modified example
* Extra credit for creating a circuit from Arduino playground or another site
* Transform the circuit into something artistic (add cardboard, plastic, toys, etc.)
* Make a .pdf that includes a title, what the device does, what you envision it doing without technical limitations
* Make a .ai, .pdf, or .psd blueprint of the device
* Label files as LastnameFirstname
* Place files in one folder named LastnameFirstname
* Place file on ART/_CluteAdvancedDigital/Assignments/2_Microcontoller
Class 6 (Sep 8) – Microcontroller II
Class 7 (Sep 13) – Microcontroller III
Class 8 (Sep 15) – Microcontroller IV
Class 9 (Sep 20) – Microcontroller V
Class 10 (Sep 22) – Guest Artist: Monochrom
Guest: Monochrom, from Vienna, will be in the Sterns Cinema. We will be viewing TRACEROUTE. Read up on it here!
Class 11 (Sep 27) – Lab
Class 12 (Sep 29) – No Class | Attended Show!
There will be no class today. Why? Because there are many incredible things you must see. Pick one of these events to attend and report back to us next class on your experiences.
1: Johannes Talk: Sep 23, 7PM, Fletcher Free Library
2: TRACEROUTE: Sep 24, 7PM, Fletcher Free Library
3: Of Land and Local Opening: Sep 29, 5PM, Shelburne Farms
4: Double Vision: Sep 30, 7PM, Champlain College
5: Maker Faire: Sep 23,24, all day, Shelburne Farms
6: Sean Clute & Al Larsen. Oct 7, 5PM, Burlington City Arts
Class 13 (Oct 11) – DUE: Assignment #2| DUE: Review
DUE Assignment #2 at 2PM:
You will demo your projects
Class 14 (Oct 13) – Software I
Class 15 (Oct 18) – Software II
Class 16 (Oct 20) – Software III
Class 17 (Oct 25) – Software IV
Class 18 (Oct 27) – Software/Hardware
Class 19 (Nov 1) – Assignment #4 DUE
DUE Assignment #4:
You will give your pitches in this order in the VAC 004.
1:00 Krisopher + Richard
1:20 Colin + Mason
2:20 Kasey + Brady
3:00 Jessica + Christina
Thursday in MARSx
Class 20 (Nov 3) – Lab
Class 21 (Nov 8) – Lab
Class 22 (Nov 10) – Lab
Class 23 (Nov 15) – Lab
Class 24 (Nov 17) – Lab
Class 25 (Nov 29) – Lab
Class 26 (Dec 1) – Lab
Class 27 (Dec 6) – Install Show
Class 28 (Dec 8) – Final Show
Final Meeting (TBA)
The final will be an opportunity to meet individually with me and discuss your progress, grades, life, etc.
Cycling74 Max/MSP and Jitter software. Download demo of software.
Arduino The Arduino micro controller.
Hackaday Make things easy and cheap.
Barney’s List I use this all of the time.
Make Magazine DIY projects