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CMS.951: Comparative Media Studies Workshop II

Spring 2008

Instructor: Nick Montfort, nickm at nickm dotcom, writingnick, 14N-233
Class meets Wednesdays, 11:30am - 3:30pm, GAMBIT: N25-372
Lab meets Tuesdays, 7pm - 10pm, usually in GAMBIT: N25-372 but check date for location
Updated 23 April 2008

Each of the three units has a short, high-level article which is the main reading. You should read it closely before the first class in the unit and re-read it at the end of the unit. We will discuss the article in the first class and after the presentations at the end. As we progress through a unit, suggested readings will be linked from this page. Projects are due the week before a unit ends, when they will be shown during critiques. (They may be rough at this point, but they should be largely complete.) The week after critiques, at the very end of each unit, you will present the final version of your projects. At this point, they should incorporate some sort of revision based on the discussion that took place during the critiques. There will be less time for discussion and questions after each presentation, but some time will be alloted so we can think together about how well your revisions worked.

The Web Site

  1. Tue February 5: (In GAMBIT.) Introducing the Web through acronyms, search for materials for your project.
  2. Wed February 6: Reading HTML, reading CSS, re-skinning a page, regular expressions redux, structuring text.
  3. Tue February 12: (Field Trip: Massart. Detailed directions to follow.) Artist and RISD professor Bill Seaman presents his digital media work.
  4. Wed February 13: Site organization and design, HCI etc., a history of the Web, glimpse of more advanced Web technologies (JavaScript, DOM, Java, SQL, Perl, PHP)
  5. Tue February 19: (In GAMBIT.) Work on projects.
  6. February 20: Critiques of draft projects. Note also that at 6pm in 14N-233 Aya Karpinska will be presenting her digital media work, relevant to our section on computational art.
  7. Tue February 26: (In GAMBIT.) Work on projects.
  8. February 27: Presentations of revised projects.

The Photo Essay

  1. Tue March 4: (Field Trip: 32-123.) Jhumpa Lahiri reading.
  2. Wed March 5: Finish Web site presentations, basics of photography and composition (Talieh)
  3. Tue March 11: No official class meeting, but at 6pm you are invited to join Purple Blurb in 14N-233. Ben Miller will be presenting Soldiers' Story Archive, a documentary project relevant to this section.
  4. Wed March 12: Issues in word and image, exercise in selecting and captioning photos, photography exercise, critiques of Time photos essays and Burning Man photos with captions.
  5. Tue March 18: (In GAMBIT.) Work on projects.
  6. Wed March 19: "Framing" of projects, Confectionary.
  7. Tue April 1: (In GAMBIT.) Work on projects.
  8. Wed April 2: Critiques of draft projects.
  9. Tue April 8: No official class meeting, but at 6pm you are invited to join Purple Blurb in 14N-233. Beth Coleman will be discussing her work on Boba Fett's Day Off, a machinima work relevant to the next section.
  10. Wed April 9: Presentations of revised projects.

Computational Art

  1. Tue April 15: (In 14N-233.) Screenings of computational art, develop goals, concepts, and directions for your project.
  2. Wed April 16: Programming clocks in Processing and Python.
  3. Wed April 23: Introduction to Horswill reading. Programming by elaborating a core piece of code in Python and Processing.
  4. Tue April 29: No official class meeting, but at 6pm you are invited to join Purple Blurb in 14N-233. Daniel Howe will be discussing his work on text.curtain and other computational poems, which are very relevant to this section.
  5. Wed April 30: Discussion of Horswill reading. Code aesthetics. More in-class work with Python and Processing.
  6. Tue May 7: (In GAMBIT.) Work on projects.
  7. Wed May 8: Critiques of draft projects. You should bring multiple versions of your program, or several related programs that you have written over the past weeks, and discuss your process of developing these. Also, submit all of these to me by email before class begins.
  8. Tue May 13: (In GAMBIT.) Work on projects.
  9. Wed May 14: Presentations of revised projects.