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Fall 2013

NWMEDIA 201: Questioning New Media
M 5:30-6:30PM (class), M 7:30-9:00PM for ATC lectures
340 Moffitt Library (the BCNM Commons)

Professor Ken Goldberg
goldberg@ieor.berkeley.edu

Associate Instructor:
Tiffany Ng
tiffany.ng@berkeley.edu

Course Description:
NWMEDIA 201 will be held in conjunction with the Art, Technology, and Culture Colloquium, a monthly lecture series that brings internationally known speakers to campus to present their work on new media.

Students will enhance skills in "questioning" new media: how to think critically about advanced topics, how to use new media resources to research pioneering new media work, how to formulate effective questions about new media, and how to evaluate and create persuasive presentations on topics in new media.

Students will research each speaker and formulate incisive questions regarding each speaker's work. Students will attend each public lecture, take careful notes, and ask questions. During the week after each lecture, students will review and critique the strengths and weaknesses of the presentation and discuss the technologies and pertinent scholarship involved.

This course is open to graduate students from any department and upper-level undergraduates (upon instructor approval).

This course fulfills one of the core course requirements for the Designated Emphasis in New Media.

Requirements:
Students must prepare for and attend class meetings and every ATC lecture. Please see the course schedule below for the specific dates of classes and lectures. Additionally, students must:

1. Complete all readings on the course website below prior to class
2. Post to the course blog a minimum of 8 times during the semester (once before and once after each speaker). All required posts are due no later than midnight the Sunday prior to class. More posts on topics related to New Media are welcome throughout the semester.
3. Sign up for and deliver a short, in-class presentation on a speaker or lecture. This will be done in collaboration with other students.
4. Write a short 3-5 page paper due at the end of the semester.

Required readings are available on the course website.

Grading:
This is a 3-credit course. Students will receive a letter grade. To do well in the class, students must come prepared to each class and ATC lecture, contribute to class discussions and the class blog, and develop incisive and relevant questions for each visiting speaker in the ATC lecture series. Attendance is expected: students with more than two unexcused absences will receive a lower grade.

Class Schedule (dates with ATC lectures in bold):

September 2nd LABOR DAY – NO CLASS
September 9th Student Presentation on DeSouza
READ: Jeannene Przyblyski and Allan deSouza, "ArtSchooling" and Solomon-Godeau, "Winning the Game When the Rules Have Changed: Art photography and postmodernism"
September 16th POST: questions to the Course Blog for deSouza

ATC Lecture:  Allan deSouza, UC Berkeley
"Avatar Syndrome: Past Imperative, Future Conditional"

7:30-9pm Banatao Auditorium, Sutardja Dai Hall
September 23rd deSouza Wrap-up
POST: Reactions to the Course Blog (deSouza)
October 1st What is new media art?
READ: Christiane Paul, New Media in the White Cube and Beyond: Curatorial Models for Digital Art (excerpts) and Mark Tribe, "Defining New Media Art"
October 7th Student Presentation on González
READ: Jennifer González, "The Face and the Public: Race, Secrecy, and Digital Art Practice" and Lisa Nakamura, Digitizing Race: Visual Cultures of the Internet (excerpt)
October 14th POST: questions to the Course Blog for González

ATC Lecture:  Jennifer González, UC Santa Cruz
"Skin Play: Visual Ethics and 'Race' in Digital Art"

7:30-9pm Banatao Auditorium, Sutardja Dai Hall
October 21st Gonzalez Wrap-up
POST: Reactions to the Course Blog (Gonzalez)
October 28th Student presentation on Sonami
READ/LISTEN: Sonami's videos or audio (select several to view/listen), Sonami, "On My Work", Georg Essl - "On gender in new music interface technology" (esp. pp. 23-26), Wikipedia on MaxMSP (if you're unfamiliar with it)
November 4th Student presentation on Zhang Ga
READ: Zhang, "Translife" and Timelapse Catalogue

November 11th HOLIDAY – Happy Thanksgiving!
November 18th POST: Questions to the course blog for Sonami
ATC Lecture: Laetitia Sonami, Professor of Design and Technology, San Francisco Art Institute
"Your Presence is Required: Performance, Control, and Magnetism"
7:30-9pm Banatao Auditorium, Sutardja Dai Hall
November 25th Sonami Wrap-up
POST: Reactions to the course blog (Sonami)
December 2nd POST: Questions to the course blog (Zhang)
Course Wrap-up


ATC Lecture: Zhang Ga, Curator and Professor, Tsinghua University, NAMOC, Parsons School
"From Timelapse to Timecollapse: Rethinking New Media Art and Platform China"
7:30-9pm Banatao Auditorium, Sutardja Dai Hall
December 11th
(Wednesday)
RRR Week – Review and wrap-up at 5 pm
TURN IN: Final Paper (hard copy)