Penn State University -- School of Visual Arts
Spring 2013
ART 476 History of Digital Art
Professor: Eduardo Navas (
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Week 17:
Final Essay due:

Monday, April 29, 2013


Week 16:
Thursday, April 25, 2013

Finish Lecture from April 18, and discuss final details for final exam.


Week 15:
Thursday, April 18, 2013
Digital Art, Chapter 3, "Themes in Digital Art," 139 - 246

Answer questions available on Angel. Discussion takes place from Friday, April 19 to Wednesday, April 16, 2013.


Week 14:
Thursday, April 11, 2014Read:
"Introduction" and "Cartographic Imaginaries" from Latin American Identity in Online Cultural Production, by Claire Taylor and Thea Pitman

Answer questions available on Angel. Discussion takes place from Friday, April 12 to Wednesday,  April 17, 2013.


Week 13:
Thursday, April 4, 2013
Final Essay Guidelines Released
Internet Art, Chapter 4, "Art for Networks," 173 - 212
Continue discussing Baudrillard

Answer questions available on Angel. Discussion takes place from Friday, April 4 to Wednesday, April 10, 2013.


Week 12:
Thursday, March 28, 2013
Internet Art, Chapter 3, "Themes in Internet Art," 119 - 168
Jean Baudrillard "Precession of Simulacra" (PDF, To be Discussed on April 4 as well)

Answer Questions on Angel


Week 11:
Thursday, March 21, 2013
Eduardo Navas, "Modular Complexity and Remix: The Collapse of Time and Space into Search," ( PDF: )
Jean-Francois Lyotard - What is the Postmodern? - The Postmodern Condition, pp. 71 - 82


Week 10:
Thursday, March 14, 2013
Internet Art, Chapter 2: "Isolating Elements," 73 - 116
Digital Art, Chapter 2: "Digital Technologies," 67 - 138


Week 9:
Thursday, March 7, 2013
Spring Break


Week 8:
Thursday, February 28, 2013
Midterm Essay Due
Lecture on Media Art: Postmodernism and Posthumanism


Week 7:
Thursday, February 21, 2013

Midterm Essay Released

Finish discussing Vannevar Bush and Billy Kluver

Begin Discussing:
Internet Art, chapter 1: 31 - 72
Digital Art: Chapter 1: 27 - 65


Week 6:
Thursday, February 14, 2013

Finish Discussing The Postmodern Condition.

Begin discussing Vannevar Bush, "As we May Think" in the New Media Reader, pp. 35 - 48 (PDF)
Bily Kluver, "Four Selections by Experiments in Art and Technology," in The New Media Reader, pp. 211 - 226 (PDF)


Week 5:
Thursday, February 7, 2013

Finish discussing Fredric Jameson and Jean-Francois Lyotard.

Answer questions available on Angel. Discussion takes place from Friday, February 8, to Wednesday, February 13, 2013.


Week 4:
Thursday, January 31, 2013

Jean Francois Lyotard, The Postmodern Condition: A Report on Knowledge, pp.vii - 67

(Will be discussed along with Fredric Jameson's text on postmodernism,from week 2)

Answer questions available on Angel. Discussion takes place from Friday, February 1, to Wednesday, February 6, 2013.


Week 3:
Thursday, January 24, 2013

Internet Art, "Introduction," pp. 8 - 28
Digital Art, "Introduction," pp. 7 - 25
(PDFs available on Angel until you acquire your own copy)

Answer questions available on Angel. Discussion takes place from Friday, January 25, to Wednesday, January 30, 2013.


Week 2:
Thursday, January 17, 2013

Lesson online

Complete assigned reading plus online material available on Angel and answer and discuss questions available on Angel Forum for the readings below

David Hopkins, "The Politics of Modernism: Abstract Expressionism and the European Informel," After Modern Art: 1945 -- 2000, pp. 5 -- 34
David Hopkins, "Postmodernism: Theory and Practice in the 1980s," After Modern Art: 1945 -- 2000, pp. 197 -- 231
Fredric Jameson "Postmodernism, or the Cultural Logic of Late Capitalism"

Answer questions available on Angel. Discussion takes place from Friday, January 18, to Wednesday, January 23, 2013.

Week 1:
Thursday, January 10, 2013
Introduction | Brief overview of the History of Digital Art
Lecture on Modernism, Postmodernism and New Media


Week 16:

Links for the Week of April 25, 2013

Closing Comments, Reflections on the importance of art:

Sweden: October/November 2009
Notes on Sweden's Approach to Art and Exhibitions:
Interactive Institute:
Magasin 3:
Mejan Labs:
Various Museums in Gothenburg:

The State of Swift Production: Interactivos?'08, Madrid, Spain
Part 1 of 3:
Part 2 of 3:
Part 3 of 3:

Christian Marclay, "The Clock"

Matthew Barney, "Cremaster, Part 4"

Art 21 about Matthew Barney:

Beatriz da Costa:




Week 15:

Links for the Week of April 18, 2013

Focus: Artificial Intelligence to Databases

Alan Turing:
Brief Biography
The Turing Test
Turing Test Competition:

Roy Ascott and Telematics

Jaron Lanier, "Agents of Alienation"

John McArthy on Artificial Intelligence:

Article on Moholy Nagy and his paintings made with instructions given by telephone:

Eduardo Kac
Rara Avis (1996):
Time Capsule (1997):

Stelarc, Ping body, (1999):

Kenneth Feingold, Self-portrait at the Center of the Universe (1998-2001):

Martin Wattenberg, Apartment (2001)

Benjamin Fry, Valence (1999)

John Klima, Ecosystm (2000)

Lynn Hershman at DAM:



Week 14:

Links for the Week of April 11, 2013

Focus: After the Map: narratives of globalization

Netart Latino Database:

Eduardo Navas:

Praba Pilar:
Cyberlandia Project

Three Junctures of Remix:

Exhibition, A Modular Framework:



Week 13:

Links for the week of April 4, 2013

Focus: Simulation and Criticality

The Loud Family:

The Real World:

Wolfgang Staehle:
Untitled, (2001)

Bang Lab Drones at home:

Bang Lab's Transborder Immigrant Tool:

Exhibition, A Modular Framework:

Michael Mandiberg:
Shop Mandiberg
After Sherrie Levine:
After Walker Evans

Keith Obadike:
"Blackness for Sale"

Damali Ayo

Jonnah Peretti and Chelsea Peretti:
"Black People Love Us"

Week 12:

Links for the week of March 28, 2013

Focus: Simulation and Networks

Heritage Gold,
Uncomfortable Proximity,

They rule,

Lisa Jevbratt:


Week 10:

Links for the Week of March 14, 2013

Focus: Network, film, and space

Netart Latino Database:

Ben Benjamin's Superbad (1995 - 97):

@rtmark (1995 - 2003):

John F Simon Jr.(1997 - Present)

Web Stalker, Matthew Fuller (1997):

The Shredder, Mark Napier (1998):

Heavy Industries (2001 - Present):

World of Awe, Yael Kanarek:

Film Text, Mark Amerika (2001-02):

Mouchette (1996 - Present):

Jeffrey Shaw:

Rafael Lozano Hemmer:

Wax web, David Blair (1993):

201 a space algorhithm, Jennifer and Kevin McCoy (2001):

No Ghost, Just a Shell, Phillippe Parreno and Pierre Huyghe (2000):

Peter Horvath:


Week 8:

Links for the Week of February 28, 2013

Focus: Posthumanism

2045: The Year Man Becomes Immortal,9171,2048299,00.html

Singularity: How Scared Should We Be?,32068,

Ray Kurzweil on "I've Got a Secret":

The Singularity (documentary) Trailer:

Ray Kurzweil TED Talk - Singularity University:



Stelarc, Ping body, (1999):

Kenneth Feingold, Self-portrait at the Center of the Universe (1998-2001):

Eduardo Kac, Time Capsule (1997):

Adrianne Wortzel, Camouflage Town (2001):

Natalie Jeremijenko:


Week 7:

Links for the Week of February 21, 2013

Introduction to Concepts of New Media and Net Art

Olia Lialina:
My Boyfriend Came Back from the War:

Heath Bunting:
Bunting CV:

Alexei Shulgin:

Vuk Cosic:

Douglas Davis:
The World's First Collaborative Sentence:

Ken Goldberg:

Next 5 Minutes:

Charles Cohen:

Alexander Apostol:

Andreas Muellerpohle:

Jochem Hendricks:

Robert Lazzarni:


Week 6 & 7:

Links for the week of February 14, 2013

Preliminary History, part 3

"As We May Think" as it appeared in The Atlantic:

Douglas Engelbart's Demo:
The Original Files:

John Cage, Variations V:

Jean Tingueley, Omage to New York and other recordings:

Philip Glass and Robert Wilson, "Einstein on the Beach"


current context of knowledge

College Inc:

Week 3:

Links for the weeks of January 24, 2013

Preliminary History, part 2

Charles Babbage:



History of the Internet:

Marcel Duchamp:

Nam June Paik:

Alan Kaprow:

Sol Le Witt:

Jon Whitney:

Douglas Davis:

Jeffrey Shaw:

Week 1:

Links for the weeks of January 10, 2013

Preliminary History

Marcel Duchamp:

Art & Language:
(Frieze, October 2005)

Jackson Pollock:
Jackson Pollock Documentary:

Mark Rothko: Mark Rothko:

Jasper Johns:

Robert Rauschenberg:

Andy Warhol:

Conceptual Art:

E.A.T. Billy Kluver:

New Media and Internet Art Resources: