Week 1: August 13 – 19

Introduction to course concepts, topics, syllabus, Website, and the overall Open Source Studio (OSS) approach to collaborative studio art. We will overview the OSS User Manual, which covers web-conferencing via Adobe Connect, the WordPress “multi-site, ” and other online methodologies used in this hybrid onsite/online course. We will establish user accounts in WordPress and social media sites, and discuss how these tools will be used for creative work, collective blog writing, Web-based research, online documentation, and methods of social media integration.  There will be an overview of artworks for critique, readings, and student work produced in the course, including: micro projects, research posts, project hyperessay, and the final project, as well as additional opportunities for collaboration.


Due: August 20


Sida Vaidhyanathan (2012). “Open Source as Culture/Culture as Open Source“ in Mandiberg, M. (Ed.). The Social Media Reader. New York: New York University Press.

Access to this reading requires a password provided in class. Once you link to the “protected documents” page, you will be able to access the pdf file for download.

Be prepared to discuss the essay in class. Everyone is responsible for preparing minimum one question.

Micro-project I:  Video Selfie

Using your smart phone, create an approximately one minute video selfie of yourself that constructs your “artistic alter ego.” See the following for further description and instructions:

Online Technique: The Class Site and User Accounts

Become familiar with the OSS class site and your own site in WordPress and review the following (some of this information may have already been covered in class):



Hyperlecture Week 1: Introduction


Opening question: how might a deeper understanding of Internet art and its practice enhance our understanding of the impact of tele-communications on our everyday lives and global culture at large.

Kit Galloway & Sherrie Rabinowtiz, Hole in Space (1980)

This early Internet installation demonstrates the idea of collective engagement in the third space, in which distances are collapsed and the audience-participant becomes the performer.

Open Source Studio Orientation

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For the first week we will become oriented to the Open Source Studio (OSS) approach to online, collaborative study. OSS utlizes the live Adobe Connect classroom environment for remote classes, as well as WordPress, in which each student has their own Website. The OSS User Manual includes detailed information about the concept and process of this experimental online project, including the use of Adobe Connect, WordPress and related Web tools. It is important to become acquainted with this system of online study, in which we will use WordPress and an assortment of Web tools to create an online “virtual studio” that we will all participate in throughout the semester. While we will hold the first four weeks of the semester at ADM in the traditional physical classroom, the following five weeks will take place completely online: using Adobe Connect for live weekly online seminars. The WordPress site will be used to research and document our ongoing work throughout the semester. I will return to ADM for the final four weeks of the semester.

Displacement in the Third Space


We will carry out a warmup micro-project to discuss the concept of the third space, essential to our study of Internet art and culture. The project is called Displacement in the Third Space and involves using Twitter to explore the experience of distributed, displaced conversation and presence.

  • Setup Twitter accounts for those who don’t have one
  • Install Twitter app on phones
  • 20 minutes for the project
  • Regroup and discuss

Online Technique: The Class Site and User Accounts

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We will briefly review the OSS class site, including the online syllabus, assignment scheduling, hyperlectures/hyperessays, project assignments, avatars, Flickr Feed, global tag cloud, recent posts, Twitter feed, as outlined in Syllabus & Project Assignments and Class Site of the User Manual. We will also setup student accounts in WordPress, including all profile information, as described in Setting up the Student Site in the User Manual.

Before beginning, here is a brief look at Media & Performance from last semester, where you will find examples of projects, posts, and research assignments.

  • Create WordPress sites for each student to understand the multi-site concept
  • Login to the site and be sure email is working properly
  • Fill out profile information: Name, Bio, Website, etc.
  • Create a Gravatar at

Grading & Rubrics

Review grading, rubrics, class participation, etc., located on  the About page.

Assignments for next Week

We will review upcoming assignments for week 2 and make sure everyone knows how to follow the class syllabus in order to track assignments. Note that all assignments in a given week of the syllabus refer to the following week. See the “Assignments” section below the topic summary for all assignments and due dates.

In preparation for the Video Selfie project, due next week:

  • Setup Vimeo accounts for those who don’t have one
  • Go over the use of the camera app and review Vimeo section of Media Integration in the OSS User Manual
  • Look at examples of previous projects