Final Project

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The Internet as a medium for live performance

How has the Internet as a space for production altered the way you work, conduct research, engage in dialogue, share ideas, and collaborate? How has the idea of studying online in a studio course challenged and transformed your view of media art? And finally, how has communication, social interaction, and dialogue encouraged you to think differently about the artistic process? These are questions to consider in the creation of a final project for Media & Performance.

The goal of the final project is to bridge your practice, whether it be film, sound, animation, graphic design, etc., with the Internet as a medium for live performance. Consider a final project that utilizes the concepts, Web tools, production methods and online experience as explored throughout the course. Create your work (even if performed in a physical space) so that it can be viewed and experienced online. In many cases, the outcome of the final project will be prototypical, in other words, a realization of an idea that could be expanded in the future.

Here are some essential criteria for the project:

  • The project is to be performed and/or presented at the end of the semester.
  • The work is built with communications tools and software presented in Media & Performance (though other tools can be considered)
  • There is some aspect of communications that is integral to the concept of the work.
  • The work explores critical ideas drawn from our study of topics, readings, artworks, etc.
  • The work should have a live or performative component.
  • The work may be prototypical, meaning, it demonstrates a strong proof of concept. We are interested in process and ideas in this course.
  • The work may be collaborative, the joint effort of more than one student.
  • The work is not documentation, unless the documentation is integral to the work itself.

The final project will be conceptually throughout the semester as organized and mapped out in the Project Hyperessay. The completed project is due on Tuesday, April 15th, and performed/presented during the last class. It is expected that students will work on the project throughout the semester, demonstrating progress on a regular basis. Developing a good workflow is essential in media art, with so many technical issues that need to be researched, tested and resolved.

The final presentation, approximately 10 minutes, will be incorporated into the grade of the final project. Here are the criteria for the final presentation:

  • Prepare to give your presentation from your project page (linked from main menu), referencing any texts, images, video that are relevant.
  • Be clear and concise, you have at most 10 minutes to present, followed by discussion for another 5 minutes
  • Even though we are familiar with our projects, begin with a broad overview of the project: it’s concept, influences, technical components, viewer interaction, etc. You can draw from your project hyperessay to prepare, since the various installments contain this information.
  • IMPORTANT: how does the work engage concepts, ideas, artworks, etc., we have discussed in class. It is important to synthesize what we have explored this semester in Media & Performance, and show how your project incorporates any of these ideas (and others).
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