Penn State University – School of Visual Arts
Art 415 Integrating Media: Convergence in Practice
Professor: Eduardo Navas (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Mondays & Wednesdays 2:30 PM – 5:30 PM
Office Hours: Mondays and Wednesdays, 12 PM – 1 PM, 209 Arts Cottage
Course Description (as defined by Penn State School of Visual Arts)
A studio course concentrating on the integration of new media technologies in contemporary art practice.
Emphasis of Class:
This class takes an interdisciplinary approach to the production of art and media design. Its conceptual platform is the act of remixing as initially understood in music, which is increasingly influential across media in terms of remix culture. Students will learn the basic principles of remix with a hands-on approach in order to develop independently driven projects. Students will be instructed on how to present their ideas in diverse media, and in effect evaluate how the combination and recombination of content and form play a crucial role in how ideas/concepts/messages may be perceived as derivative or new.
The starting point of class, in terms of hands-on production, will consist of mixing and remixing music with different software. Students will then apply their initial knowledge and methodology to image/time-based media and text-driven projects of their own, while also making the most of skills they developed in previous classes. Students will learn the history of remix in music and sound in relation to visual culture. Selected texts will be assigned throughout the term to enhance conceptual and practical knowledge.
The class consists of three major projects, each building on the skills, history and theory students will learn throughout the term. The class is designed to enable students to acquire a methodology that will eventually help them develop an ambitious vision of their own practice, and complement the eventual production of a thesis and/or portfolio in their respective discipline.
Class sections for the most part will be divided as follows: Monday will be a lab-day for work and research. On Wednesday, class will consist of discussions and lectures on material being researched for projects one and two, which are discussed below. Students will be enhancing their technical skills according to the type of project they decide to develop. Students will meet with the instructor individually as needed. The students will turn in a total of three projects.
Project 1: Emphasis on Music
Project 2: Emphasis on Image and Text
Project 3: Emphasis on Image, Music and Text
Details on each project will be announced at least two weeks prior to the due date.
A Note on Plagiarism
Plagiarism will not be tolerated. A student who commits plagiarism will be reported to the office of the visual arts. The student¹s behavior will be taken very seriously and dealt with according to the guidelines provided by Penn State University – School of Visual Arts. To avoid plagiarism, please cite your sources when appropriate.
Academic Integrity Statement
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Academic dishonesty includes but is not limited to acts such as cheating on exams or assignments; plagiarizing the words or ideas of another; fabricating information or citations; facilitating acts of academic dishonesty by others; claiming authorship of work done by another person; submitting work completed in previous classes; and/or submitting the same work to multiple classes in which a student is enrolled simultaneously.
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Students in the School of Visual Arts may find themselves working in the shop or in their studios or classrooms using a variety of power and hand held equipment, which may cause injury. Students should use the shop only after having received an orientation in the use of such equipment and when supervised by faculty or shop personnel. Should any injuries occur, in the shop, studios, or classrooms in the School of Visual Arts please report them to Matt Olson, Shop Supervisor, Room 108-A Visual Arts Building, Phone: 814-865-3962, email: email@example.com.
(This book is available at the bookstore, it is also on reserve at the library, so you don¹t need to buy it):
Navas, Eduardo. et. al. The Routledge Companion to Remix Studies. New York: Routledge, 2015.
(This book is available as ebook through the Penn State Library)
Navas, Eduardo. Remix Theory: The Aesthetics of Sampling. New York/Wien² Springer 2012
(Sections of this book will be provided as PDF):
Sterne, Jonathan. The Sound Studies Reader. New York: Routledge, 2012.
Please note that final grades are dependent upon consistent performance in all course requirements.
Note that the class includes a series of short exercises, which are considered part of the overall production towards major projects. These exercises are designed to complement the successful completion of your projects. Lectures on history and theory will shift according to the students¹ needs to gain practical knowledge from week to week
Monday, August 24, 2015
Introduction to Class | Lecture on Interdisciplinary Practice, the relation of image music and text | Weekly Assignment released due on September 2 released online | Read ³The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction² by Walter Benjamin (PDF)
Wednesday, August 26, 2015
Lecture on music as an art form | Overview of sound editing for weekly assignment | Begin discussion of Benjamin¹s ³The Work of Art² | Read: ³Culture and Remix² by Eduardo Navas, The Routledge Companion to Remix Studies, pp. 116 – 132.
Monday, August 31, 2015
Wednesday, September 2, 2015
Critique of first weekly assignment | Lecture on music and its relation to image and text | Discussion of ³Culture and Remix² | Weekly Assignment released | Read ³Good Artists Copy; Great Artist Steal: Reflections on Cut-Copy-Paste Culture,² The Routledge Companion to Remix Studies, pp. 54 - 67
Monday, September 7, 2015
Labor Day, no class
Wednesday, September 9, 2015
Weekly Assignment Due | New Weekly Assignment released | Lecture on analysis of image, music, text | Discuss Sonvilla Weiss¹s ³Good Artists Copy² | McLeod, Kembrew, ³An Oral History of Sampling,² The Routledge Companion to Remix Studies, pp. 83 – 95 | Techniques on music and media production | Lab time
Monday, September 14, 2015
Lab day | Work on weekly assignment and First major Project
Wednesday, September 17, 2015
Weekly Assignment Critiqued | Lecture on image, music, text | Discuss McLeod, ³An Oral History² | Read Falconer, Rachel, ³The New Polymath (Remixing Knowledge),² pp. 397 – 408
Monday, September 21, 2015
Wednesday, September 23, 2015
Due: First Major Project, Emphasis on Music (25%) Class critique | Weekly Assignment released due on September 30 | Discuss Falconer, ³The New Polymath² | Read Eduardo Navas ³Remix[ing] Sampling² in Remix Theory (ebook):
Make sure you are logged on to your PSU library account: http://link.springer.com.ezaccess.libraries.psu.edu/book/10.1007%2F978-3-7091-1263-2
| Lecture and lab time to work on weekly assignment
Monday, September 28, 2015
Lab Time | Work on weekly project | Second Major Project Released due on October 19
Wednesday, September 30, 2015
Weekly assignment critiqued | Discuss Navas, ³Remix[ing] Sampling² | Read Eduardo Navas ³Remix[ing] Music² in Remix Theory (ebook): Make sure you are logged on to your PSU library account: http://link.springer.com.ezaccess.libraries.psu.edu/book/10.1007%2F978-3-7091-1263-2 | Lecture on image, music, text | Weekly Project Released due on October 7
Monday, October 5, 2015
Lab day work on weekly assignment
Wednesday, October 7, 2015
Critique Weekly Project | Lecture on image, music, text | Lab Time | Discuss Navas, ³Remix[ing] Music² | Read Eduardo Navas ³Remix[ing] Theory² in Remix Theory (ebook): Make sure you are logged on to your PSU library account: http://link.springer.com.ezaccess.libraries.psu.edu/book/10.1007%2F978-3-7091-1263-2 | Weekly Project Released
Monday, October 11, 2015
Lab day | work on weekly assignment and second major project
Wednesday, October 13, 2015
Weekly Project critiqued | Discuss Navas, ³Remix[ing] Theory² | John Mowitt, ³The Sound of Music in the Era of Its Electronic Reproducibility,² in The Sound Studies Reader, pp. 213-224 (PDF)
Monday, October 19, 2015
Lab day work on second major project
Wednesday, October 21, 2015
Due Second Major Project 2: Emphasis on Image and Text 30% In class critique | Discuss Mowitt, ³The Sound of Music² | Read Jacquest Attali, ³Noise: The Political Economy of Music,² in The Sound Studies Reader, pp. 29-39 (PDF) | Weekly Project Released due on October 28 | Lab Time
Monday, October 26, 2015
Lab Time work on weekly project
Wednesday, October 28, 2015
Weekly Project critiqued | Discuss Attali, ³Noise² | Read Nicola Dusi, ³Remixing Movies and Trailers Before and After the Digital Age,² The Routledge Companion to Remix Studies, pp. 154 - 165 | Lecture on image, music, text | Weekly Assignment released due on November 4 | Third and Final Major Assignment released
Monday, November 2, 2015
Lab day work on weekly project
Wednesday, November 4, 2015
Weekly assignment critiqued | Discuss Dusi, ³Remixing Movies and Trailers² | Read Eduardo Navas ³Remix[ing] Art² in Remix Theory (ebook): Make sure you are logged on to your PSU library account: http://link.springer.com.ezaccess.libraries.psu.edu/book/10.1007%2F978-3-7091-1263-2 | Lecture on image, music, text | Weekly assignment released due on November 11
Monday, November 9, 2015
Lab day to work on weekly assignment
Wednesday, November 11, 2015
Lecture on image, music text | Weekly Assignment released due on Monday November 17 | Weekly Assignment critiqued | Discuss Navas ³Remix[ing] Art²
Monday, November 16, 2015
Lab day to work on weekly assignment
Wednesday, November 18, 2015
Weekly Assignment released due on December 2 | Lab Time | Weekly assignment critiqued | Discuss Eshun, ³Operating System² | Catch up on readings discussions and postings on Angel Forums
Monday, November 23 2015
Wednesday, November 25, 2015
Monday, November 30, 2015
Lab day to work on weekly assignment
Wednesday, December 2, 2015
Weekly Assignment Critiqued | Show preliminary ideas of third and final | Prepare for Third Major Project | Prepare for second Major Project
Monday, December 7, 2015
Finalize details for final project | Lab Time
Wednesday, December 9, 2015
Due: Project 3 Advanced Project: Image, Music and Text | Make necessary changes to turn in final project
Week 17: December 16, 2015
Due: Revision of Final Project.