Web Documentary
IMA 742
Wednesdays 5:30PM -8:30PM
Film and Media Department Hunter College, New York
Spring 2007
Instructor: Andrea Polli, apolli@hunter.cuny.edu 212.772.5589

COURSE DESCRIPTION:  This course is a production course in which students explore issues of sequence, storytelling, linear and non-linear narrative in converging media. Students will look at ways interactive narratives are constructed in hypertext, multimedia and gaming among other interactive formats in order to begin to develop their own language and style of interactive storytelling. In particular, we will look at Gonzalo Frasca's 'Videogames of the Oppressed', tactical media, and other projects aimed at social activism in networked spaces. Students will develop web based work in flash and html with embedded digital video and sound.

PREREQUISITE: Graduate standing, IMA 760 Tools and Techniques of Integrated Media. Students new to multimedia design should have a working knowledge of Mac operating systems as well as Adobe's Photoshop (or other comparable programs).  The use and mastery of software based tools is encouraged in this course, but the choice of tools will be dependent on the nature of your project. 

OBJECTIVES
Students will:


REQUIRED TEXTS AND MATERIALS:

GRADING POLICIES:
A professional attitude and approach toward all aspects of this course is expected. Specifically; class starts on time, and class attendance and participation are mandatory.  Un-excused absences and un-excused lateness will adversely effect your grade. Excused  and un-excused absences are at the discretion of the instructor. Please contact the instructor prior to class if you will be late or absent. The fourth absence- for any reason- constitutes a failing grade.  (Two late arrivals = 1 absence)  Assignments are expected on time ( late assignments will be graded down 1 grade per week late). Make-ups: If a student finds they will not be able to hand in a midterm or final on the scheduled day, it is the student's responsibility to notify me prior to that day. Under no circumstances will I accept the work if I have not been notified and arrangements made prior to that day.   Grades are based on a system of personal growth within the following criteria; time and effort, interpretation of the assignment, aesthetics and technical expertise,  critique participation and  professional presentations.

GRADING SCALE
100 - 90 = A
90 - 80 = B
80 - 70 = C
70 - 60 = D
60 and below = F

PARTICIPATION: Lecture must be interactive. To this end, I encourage an open atmosphere where back-and-forth communication is the norm. Students are free to speak up when they need clarification or wish to make observations. Always let me know if you are having difficulties mastering a technique presented in class and I will help you. Plus, you will be expected to work several hours outside of class time each week. You will not be able to finish your assignments during class! 

SPECIAL NOTE: Some of the course reading will be on-line and you wil be expected to use the internet as a research tool.  In addition, you MUST have an email account by the second week of class!  Some class correspondence may happen via email, there are several free services available, ask me if you need assistance getting email. 

This syllabus is subject to change


COURSE BIBLIOGRAPHY AND RESOURCE MATERIALS:

Web Resources: find this page:http://www.andreapolli.com follow the 'teaching ' links on the left

Web Documentary and General Documentary Links

CIVIC USES OF NEW TECHNOLOGIES
Communal web pages, mailing lists, blogs, grass-roots journalism,
pod casts, cell phones, open access journals

Tactical Media

Locative Media and Wireless Networks

PROTEST CULTURE - Demonstrations, new organizational forms

CULTURE JAMMING

PROPERTY - Copyright Issues/Creative Commons/ GPL

(TRADITIONAL) ARTWORLD
Conceptual Political Art/ Public Interventionist Practices

EVENT-BASED CULTURAL PRACTICE


RESEARCH

EXTREME SHARING NETWORKS and OPEN ARCHIVES: social networks that are able to reproduce themselves

ALTERNATIVE ECONOMIES/ COMMONS-BASED PEER PRODUCTION
(non-proprietary cooperative production of information)

Games

Flash Links

Interactive Media and Technology Links: Magazines, Journals, Festivals, Arts Organizations, Artists

Print Resources:


COURSE OUTLINE
These are suggested topics and are subject to change

Jan 31
Introduction to the Interactive Design, Narrative, and Documentary Process

Interesting links to different diagramming styles - lots of food for thought.

Lombardi Diagrams
http://www.edwardtufte.com/bboard/q-and-a-fetch-msg?msg_id=00013J&topic_id=1

evolutionary diagrams
http://taxonomy.zoology.gla.ac.uk/~rdmp1c/teaching/Msc_IT/projects2005.htm
http://research.yale.edu/ysm/article.jsp?articleID=358
http://courses.cm.utexas.edu/jrobertus/ch339k/overheads-1/ch5-evol-tree.JPG

Sociograms
http://wik.ed.uiuc.edu/index.php/Sociogram
http://www.agilemodeling.com/artifacts/classDiagram.htm
http://www.pbs.org/saf/1108/teaching/teaching3.htm

Linear and nonLinear TimeLines:
http://www.enchantedlearning.com/graphicorganizers/timeline/
http://www.threetwoone.org/diagrams/
http://school.nelson.com/secondary/socialstudies/arnold/skimm/main/items/timelinebuilding.html
http://tes.asu.edu/EDUCATION/activities/95_96guide/images/m98_timeline.gif

Artist's and Misc. diagrams:
http://www.contemporaryartproject.com/cap/images/big_art_mehretu.jpg
http://www.genomicart.org/rule.htm
http://www.theyrule.net/2004/tr2.php
http://www.origami-artist.com/images/flappingbird.gif
http://www.sria.org/diagrams.htm

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ATTEND THE COLLEGE ART ASSOCIATION CONFERENCE THIS WEEK AT THE HILTON (http://www.collegeart.org)
- Mentorship session Feb 15th 12:30PM
- 'Lines of Flight' exhibition opening in the Big Black Box Feb 17th 4-7PM and curator's talk Feb 18th 1-4PM
- Jobs and mentoring programs all week

Feb 21 - NO CLASS MEETING, WEDNESDAY CLASSES FOLLOW MONDAY SCHEDULE

Feb 28

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March 7

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March 14

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March 21

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March 28

FINAL PROJECT - Completed functional Final Project, REVISED 3 - 5 page project description, and final interactive map, site map or flow chart ONE WORK IN PROGRESS PRESENTATION SHOWING SIGNIFICANT PROGRESS REQUIRED in addition to final presentation. DUE MAY 16.

April 4 - NO CLASS MEETING SPRING BREAK

April 11

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April 18

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April 25

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May 2

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May 9

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May 16
FINAL PROJECT CRITIQUES

May 18-25
NO CLASS MEETING - GRADUATE CRITIQUE WEEK! Attend critiques! Attend the thesis show!