Outline

*IMPORTANT: See Weekly Traces after each class for a recap of activities, file attachments, and full assignment descriptions.

WEEK 1: FEBRUARY 2
Human Data + Human Flesh

exercise: data collection + creative classification using anatomical systems
Reading: Victoria Vesna, Seeing the World in a Grain of Sand: The Database Aesthetics of Everything
Screenings: Victoria Vesna, Bodies Incorporated; Alan Sondheim, What Remains; The Builder's Association: Super Vision
Historical: Eadward Muybridge; Phrenology
codebase: xhtml, css --> review: anatomy of a mark-up language
assignment: self-portrait as an (obsolete) archive

WEEK 2: FEBRUARY 9
Cut-ups + Remix Culture
Reading: The Third Mind, William S. Burroughs & Brion Gysin; APO-33 (handout)
codebase: xhtml, css, javascript --> storage and retrieval: basic and associative arrays
presentations of assignment #1

WEEK 3: FEBRUARY 16
Libraries and Museums
Reading: The Library of Babel, Jorge Luis Borges; The Library is on Fire, Rene Char;
Screenings: Marginalia in the Library of Babel, Mark C. Marino; Babel, Simon Biggs
Installation: Making Visible the Invisible, George Legrady
class visit to Preston Bradley Hall @ Chicago Cultural Center / Aspen Mays 12x12 at MCA / The Living Newspapers
codebase: php --> reading and writing with fread, fwrite and cURL
assignment: library / babel

WEEK 4: FEBRUARY 23
Memory and Real-time
Reading: The Enduring Ephemeral, Wendy Chun
codebase: php --> fundamentals
assignment: enduring ephemerals

WEEK 5: MARCH 2
Memory, Construction, & Reconstruction
Reading: The Database Imaginary: Memory_Archive_Database V 4.0, Steve Dietz
screenings: The File Room
historical: Guilio Camillo's memory theater
codebase: php --> cURL, php & mysql: populating and manipulating data
assignment: project 1 proposals

WEEK 6: MARCH 9
Data Collection and Mapping
Reading: The Database as System and Cultural Flow, Christiane Paul
screenings: Alice in Wonderland; Lisa Jevbratt
codebase: AJAX: seamless data with html, css, javascript, php, & mysql
assignment: project 1

WEEK 7: MARCH 16
LAB WITH INDIVIDUAL MEETINGS

WEEK 8: MARCH 23
Project 1 PRESENTATION AND CRITIQUE

WEEK 9: MARCH 30
Midterms continued: projects are further developed and/or refined based on feedback

WEEK 10: APRIL 6
Sculpting Realtime
screening: Listening Post, Stock Market Skirt
Reading: List(en)ing Post, Rita Raley
codebase: AJAX using apis
exercise in translation
assignment: data-driven sketches

WEEK 11: APRIL 13
Canvases, Sparklines and Datawords
html5 canvas and mapping techniques
student workshops

WEEK 12: APRIL 20
Archives, Semantics, AI
screenings: wordseye; The Giver of Names, David Rokeby
resources: markov chains, wordnet
student workshops
!! Judd away for post_moot poetry + performance festival; visiting artist and Database Art alumnus Mark Beasley will lead the class.!!

WEEK 13: APRIL 27
student workshops
LAB

WEEK 14: MAY 4
-- NO CLASS: CRITIQUE WEEK --

WEEK 15: MAY 11
FINAL PROJECTS + CRITIQUES


















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