Project Hyperessay

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Overview of the Project Hyperessay

Using the form of the hyperessay (essay with hypermedia elements) integrate a textual description with relevant graphics, video, sound, and links drawn from micro-projects, readings, discussion and other research to develop the final project. Gather together media and links to related readings and/or artworks that support your project hyperessay. The project hyperessay will be carried out in five sections/posts throughout the course of the semester and displayed as a “category page” using the category “Project Hyperessay” on your site. The project hyperessay will be developed incrementally over the course of the semester. Each section will be created as a unique WordPress post, with each section revised through the course of the semester as your project evolves. The project hyperessay should take full advantage of the multimedia capabilities of WordPress: with embedded images, video, links, sound, etc.

The following are the five sections of the project hyperessay, including due dates for each:

NOTE: Use a unique post for each section, applying the category “Project Hyperessay,” and displayed on your site as a category page. You can revise all previous sections as you progress through the semester.

  1. Introduction: summary paragraph that overviews the project, and describes its concept generally, emphasizing how it engages the Internet and/or net culture. The introduction should be concise, engaging, and clearly describe what the project is about and its artistic objectives.  Include media in the form of video, sound, image that helps illustrate the project. Due: Tuesday, February 11
  2. Influences: include references to any readings and/or artworks that influenced your project, drawing from topics presented during the course of the semester. I would like to see specific references to discussion, quotes, artworks, etc. that underscore or support your idea. Include reasons why these influences are important to your work.  Due: Tuesday, February 18
  3. Role of the viewer: describe the role of the viewer, for example, if there is any interactivity, networked participation, collaboration, etc. How does the viewer interact with the work, and even more importantly, affect its outcome. Due: Tuesday, February 25
  4. Technical realization: include a technical description with any sketches, drawings, photographs you have done, which help articulate the technical elements of the work, as well as any specific software and/or hardware that is required for the project. Due: Tuesday, March 18
  5. Conclusion: synthesizing the elements of your project, how does the project bridge your artistic practice with OSS concepts and ideas? What were some of the key ideas about net-based artistic work that were new to your experience of working with new media? What issues were exposed through your project that allowed you to critically examine them? And finally, how did your project evolve as a result of your research into the Internet as a medium for artistic production? Due: Tuesday, April 15

The project hyperessay is a living, changing document, a work-in-progress, throughout the semester. The five sections/posts will be updated as the final project progresses. Ultimately, the project hyperessay will form the basis for the critique of your final project at the end of the semester, when it will be reviewed in full. The project hyperessay is very useful to tracking the artistic process, allowing you to examine the progress of your work, and to ask questions such as: Have you been able to achieve the intent of the work? Have you been able to fully realize the work’s potential? Have you fully challenged and thought through the ideas presented in Media & Performance? Does your project hyperessay show that you have incorporated concepts we have addressed? These are important considerations for a successful hyperessay and final project. The project hyperessay is not intended to be entirely faithful to the original idea of the work, rather, it allows you track, alter, change, revise, and reconsider your ideas through the course of the semester. Since the document can be updated, you can revise accordingly as you refine your concept, find new technical solutions, or incorporate entirely new influences.

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