Symposium Hyperessay

By: Randall Packer |


First, here are the login instructions for Adobe Connect for viewing the Symposium:
Download the Adobe Connect application if prompted
Select “Guest,” type your name, “Enter Room”


Through the prism of the three-day Art of the Networked Practice Online Symposium and its third space environment in Adobe Connect (and other social media), the Symposium Hyperessay will be a critique and analysis of keynotes, live performances, and global roundtable discussions. You will discuss in your Hyperessay the evolving shift from centralized one-to-many streaming and performance modalities to peer-to-peer interactions that creatively join artists and audiences in live, interactive, networked spaces: the topic of the Symposium.

The Symposium Hyperessay will focus on the theme: “Social Broadcasting: An Unfinished Communications Revolution,” exploring what Media historian and activist Gene Youngblood refers to as an “alternative social world” that decentralizes the experience of the live broadcast through the creative work of collaborative communities. The Hyperessay will be minimum 1000 words in length, integrated with media documentation and hyperlinks, drawn from the Symposium and its documentation.

You will participate in the Symposium online via Adobe Connect Web-conferencing, where you can view and take part in discussion in order to experience directly how an online symposium activates the third space to create an “alternative social world” for live performance and creative dialogue. All students are required to attend the full duration of the Symposium, which runs March 29-31, 8:00pm to 11:00pm each evening.

Throughout the Symposium it is suggested that you take screenshots to document the events to illustrate your essay. It is also important to draw from concepts, readings, artworks, and discussions we have discussed throughout the semester on a variety of topics, and apply them to your Hyperessay. It is always helpful to refer to previous OSS posts to draw from references you have already made. Feel free to reuse material you have already written, so long as it is relevant to the Symposium, and woven into the overall narrative of the Hyperessay.

As you develop your critique, be specific in discussing keynotes and performances (don’t generalize!). Describe what took place that you found interesting and important to your analysis, and discuss how these events and discussions correspond to our study of social broadcasting. Reference specific ideas that came up in discussions and most importantly, questions that you addressed to the speakers and any response you received. I am looking for your subjective interpretation to the works and ideas, your participation and contribution to the Symposium, and what you got out of attending this unique event.

Here is a summary of what is required in the Symposium Hyperessay:

  • Minimum 1000 words
  • Focus on the Symposium theme: “Social Broadcasting: A Communications Revolution,” the shift from one-to-many to many-to-many forms of live performance and creative dialogue
  • Incorporate images and hyperlinks, including screenshots taken in Adobe Connect to illustrate your ideas
  • Reference relevant concepts, readings, artworks, and discussions we have engaged in this semester
  • Discuss how the Symposium itself, as an online third space environment, constitutes an “alternative social world” for live performance and creative dialogue
  • Be sure your writing is clear, grammar and spelling is checked, and the formatting of text and media is carefully done
  • The Symposium Hyperessay should begin with an introduction that states the main topic and the essence of your analysis, as well as a concluding paragraph that convincingly ties together your ideas
  • Be sure all media is used to support your argument, not just as illustration or visual effect. Media should include captions with a description and reference to where it was obtained
  • All screenshots should clearly illustrate your points and it is advisable to crop them if you need to provide closer detail
  • Be sure and check all your hyperlinks and make sure they open in a new window if referencing another Website

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