semester 2, year 2
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II. virtual space

summary

Students studying this module will research and analyse the nature of virtual spaces towards the production of an artwork that imaginatively communicates their ideas. Lectures will present key artworks and historical precedents in art, theory and technology of different kinds of virtual spaces. Students will use self directed study for further research in Virtual Realities, Immersive Environments, Multi-User Communities, Artificial Life forms and Artificial Intelligence, Biotechnologies and Generative Artworks, Mimesis, Simulacra and Artifice. This research will be used to develop a critically and contextually informed Artefact and an online progress journal / report

Cyberspace – A consensual hallucination experienced daily by billions of legitimate operators, in every nation, by children being taught mathematical concepts…A graphic representation of data abstracted from the banks of every computer in the human system.. Unthinkable complexity. Lines of light ranged in the nonspace of the mind, clusters and constellations of data. Like city lights, receding…
William Gibson – Neuromancer

module leader

monday
9 -12.30
room106
mark owen

aims and outcomes

aims

  • Enhance research skills to inform practice
  • Promote analytical thinking through research and critical debate
  • Encourage creative and innovative practice
  • Develop independent learning through reflexive practice and reflective evaluation
  • Facilitate the development of technical knowledge
  • Develop effective documentation and presentation skills

outcomes

  • Evidence independent research skills by demonstrating a broad awareness of key concepts, historical and contemporary precedents, technological developments relevant to Virtuality, Simulation and Artifice in Digital Arts Theory and Practice
  • Evidence skills of critical analysis by demonstrating a specific understanding of appropriate key concepts and contemporary issues relevant to their selected area of research
  • Evidence creative and innovative thought processes in the formation of an idea
  • Evidence investigative and experimental approaches to technological media appropriate to proposed project
  • Make rational judgments about technical and aesthetic considerations formative to the production of an artifact that is of presentable standard
  • Produce documentation and presentation material to form a report that evidences research, analytical thinking, creative process, technical progress and self evaluation.

module content

Lectures, tutorials, seminars, critiques and assignments in this module are designed to facilitate the development of key skills in; researching, contextual analysis, conceptualisation of creative ideas, documentation and presentation, and the production of artworks

learning Sessions

(subject to change – here as indication)
Session 1 – Introduction to the module

Session 2 – A History of Virtual Space
Historical Precedents in Technological developments & art practice
History of Artworks, History of Technology
Discuss relationship between technology & Art

Session 3 – Virtual Realities – the internet

Session 4 – Virtual Realities – Quicktime VR

Session 5 – Virtual Realities – director

Session 6 – Virtual Realities – Unity

Session 7 – Utopian Visions, Architecture and Virtual Space

Session 8 – Briefing for Assessment Point 2

Session 9 – Key Concepts for Interactive 3D

Session 10 – Using Devices as inputs for 3D environments

Session 11 – Generative / AI Programming Techniques

Session 12 – workshop

Session 13 – workshop

Session 14 – Presentations & Feedback

learning resources

Rachel Greene. (04 May, 2004) Internet Art (World of Art S.). Thames and Hudson Ltd.
Turkle, S (1996). Life on the Screen: Identity in the Age of the Internet. New York, Simon & Schuster
Rheingold, H (2003): Smart Mobs: The Next Social Revolution. MA Perseus
Penny, S (1995): Critical Issues in Electronic Media. SUNY Press
Manovich, L (2002): The Language of New Media. MIT Press

learning activities

  • Theory Lectures
  • Technical Lectures
  • Workshops with tutorials
  • Individual research
  • Group Critiques & debates
  • Formative feedback
  • Practical problem solving
  • Reading
  • Summative Assessment

assignment 1

research and proposal

Briefing date: Week 1
Due date: Week 8 – 9am monday 16th april
Weighting: 45%

Assessment Rationale: This consists of 3 components.

  1. Research Journal -15% of overall grade (23.5 hours independent study)
  2. Concept Proposal – 15% of overall grade (23.5 hours independent study)
  3. Contextual Analysis – 15% of overall grade (23.5 hours independent study)

1. Research Journal
Key artworks technologies and topics will be identified on the online module study guide for weekly sessions. These will be referred to during the lecture where you will be introduced to key concepts, historical precedents and contemporary issues relevant to the module.

You will be expected to research the identified material prior to the lecture, take notes in the lecture and complete further self directed research study after the session.

This research will be documented in an online journal / diary format week by week. Each entry will give brief analysis of, and a reference to, websites, artworks, articles, books, exhibitions, films, games and any other contextual media that you have researched for the module.

  • Each entry will be no more than 100 words
  • It will be online in the form of a weblog with links to external pages
  • Bibliography will be referenced using the Harvard system
  • It will make full use of illustrations / concept drawings / diagrams / photographs where relevant. It must be spellchecked and presented in an effective manner
  • A printed version will be submitted

2. Concept Proposal
A detailed proposal for an artwork relevant to the themes identified in the key lectures of the module.

  • It will be no more than 1500 words.
  • It will be presented online as a PDF file that can be downloaded from your weblog
  • It will make full use of illustrations / concept drawings / diagrams / photographs where relevant. It must be spellchecked and presented in an effective manner
  • A printed version will be submitted

3. Contextual Analysis
Using the research that you have accumulated, you will provide contextual justification for your proposed artwork. This will refer to historical precedents, technological developments and contemporary issues relevant to your idea. It will give theoretical rationale for your project concept.

  • It will be no more than 1500 words.
  • It will make full use of illustrations / concept drawings / diagrams / photographs where relevant. It must be spellchecked and well presented.
  • It will make full use of illustrations / concept drawings / diagrams / photographs where relevant. It must be spellchecked and presented in an effective manner
  • It will be presented as a PDF file that can be downloaded from your weblog

You will make your research available online to your tutor and other members of your class throughout the module. You will be expected to discuss your research and your contextual analysis relative your project ideas throughout the module. Your peer group and your tutor will give you formative feedback on your progress, commenting on the level and standard.

grading criteria 1

Organisation and Coherence 10%
The study must be clearly structured and presented.
These areas, once identified must be followed up logically in the main body of the study.
There must be a firm conclusion of the areas discussed.
low 0-4%
Poor organization and structure.
Limited discussion
mid 5-7%
Some attention paid to the structure and organization/coherence.
Evidence of discussion.
high 8-10%
Good structure, presentation and coherently expressed.
Widely discussed.

Content 25%
The contents must clearly relate to the area of study, and the learning outcomes being tested, and demonstrate originality and creativity.
Knowledge and understanding must applied to practice.
low 0-9%
Limited relevance to the area of study and practice.
Does not meet the theoretical learning activities.
mid 10-17%
Addressed the aims of the area of study with some originality and creativity.
Does not meet all the theoretical learning outcomes.
high 18-25%
Clearly relevant.
Original and creative.
Application and integration of knowledge to practice.
Meets all the theoretical learning outcomes.

Clarity of Expression 15%
Areas must be clearly expressed, articulate and fluent.
Accurate spelling and grammar.
low 0-5%
Vague, over simplistic, does not get to the point.
Poor spelling and grammar.
mid 6-9%
Meaning clear.
Spelling and/or grammar needs some improvement.
high 10-15%
Articulate and fluent.
Good spelling and grammar.

Level of Analysis and Synthesis 25%
There should be a clear critical analysis and synthesis of relevant issues, which are well integrated and evaluated, as appropriate.
low 0-9%
Wholly or mainly descriptive.
Not relevant to the area of study.
high 18-25%
Well integrated study with clear evidence of critical analysis/ synthesis, and evaluation relevant to the area of study.

Use of Literature Showing Knowledge and Understanding 15%
The study must demonstrate an appropriate use of academic literature/research, which is appropriate to the topic.
0-5%
Limited use of academic literature/research evidence
6-9%
Moderate range of depth and complexity appropriate to area of study.
10-15%
Extensive range, depth and complexity, which is appropriate to the area of study.

Quality of Referencing 10%
All key sources must be cited, and a consistent and accurate use of Harvard referencing system must be maintained.
low 0-4%
Main key sources not cited.
Limited or no use of an accepted referencing system.
mid 5-7%
Most sources cited using an accepted referencing system.
high 8-10%
All key sources cited.
Consistent and accurate use of an accepted referencing system.

assignment 2

Briefing date: Week 7
Due date:: Week 14
Weighting: 55%

Assessment Rationale: this consists of 3 components.

  1. 1. Project Development -20% of overall grade (36.5 hours independent study)
  2. 2. Artwork / Artefact– 30% of overall grade (47.5 hours independent study)
  3. 3. Self Evaluation – 5% of overall grade(7.5 hours independent study)

There will be a presentation of your artwork in week 14

You must also submit an electronic workbook

The Electronic Workbook

The electronic workbook should record, document and reflect upon all the work you do on the module. It should include the work you do in the sessions, in your own time and your research around the area. It can include things that didn’t work and avenues you have abandoned alongside your progress to the final outcome.
A blog is an ideal vehicle to record this. if you use one blog across all modules be sure to use categories to separate the modules out.
There should be evidence of 13 hours work per week for each module (6.5 for web design skills, pixel based imaging, visual studies and multimedia scripting and authoring)
How you are expected to prepare and complete this assignment

1. Project Development
This will detail the technical developments that you have made towards the realisation of your artwork. It will be in the form of a technical report that will include technology and processes. It will also include decisions and rationalisations that were made to enable the completion of the artwork. You are advised to keep a journal / diary of technical development throughout the project. This will be used to inform this component of the Assignment

  • It will be no more than 1500 words.
  • It will make full use of illustrations / concept drawings / diagrams / photographs where relevant. It must be spellchecked and well presented.
  • It will make full use of illustrations / concept drawings / diagrams / photographs where relevant. It must be spellchecked and presented in an effective manner
  • It will be presented as a PDF file that can be downloaded from your weblog

2. Artwork / Artefact
This will be in a format and media appropriate to your research topic. It can be interactive, networked, static, print-based, animated or real-time. It can be online or offline media. Prototype demos of complex or large scale projects are acceptable, but functionality must be demonstrated.
Assignment Requirements:
Presentation
Duration: 15 minutesMaterials: Artwork / Artefact, slide show, verbal presentation.
3. Self Evaluation
This will be a 500 word evaluation of your realised project against your original intended concept. You will also give yourself marks out of 10 for each key skill of this module:

  1. Research Skills
  2. Contextual Awareness
  3. Synthesis of research material
  4. Critical Analysis of subject
  5. Creativity, originality and innovation
  6. Application of theory to practice
  7. Technical Development
  8. Rationality & Realisation
  9. Organisation & Timeplanning
  10. Presentation & Documentation

grading criteria 2

Organisation and Coherence 10%
The study must be clearly structured and presented.
These areas, once identified must be followed up logically in the main body of the study.
There must be a firm conclusion of the areas discussed.
low 0-4%
Poor organization and structure.
Limited discussion
mid 5-7%
Some attention paid to the structure and organization/coherence.
Evidence of discussion.
high 8-10%
Good structure, presentation and coherently expressed.
Widely discussed.

Content 25%
The contents must clearly relate to the area of study, and the learning outcomes being tested, and demonstrate originality and creativity.
Knowledge and understanding must applied to practice.
low 0-9%
Limited relevance to the area of study and practice.
Does not meet the theoretical learning activities.
mid 10-17%
Addressed the aims of the area of study with some originality and creativity.
Does not meet all the theoretical learning outcomes.
high 18-25%
Clearly relevant.
Original and creative.
Application and integration of knowledge to practice.
Meets all the theoretical learning outcomes.

Clarity of Expression 15%
Areas must be clearly expressed, articulate and fluent.
Accurate spelling and grammar.
low 0-5%
Vague, over simplistic, does not get to the point.
Poor spelling and grammar.
mid 6-9%
Meaning clear.
Spelling and/or grammar needs some improvement.
high 10-15%
Articulate and fluent.
Good spelling and grammar.

Level of Analysis and Synthesis 25%
There should be a clear critical analysis and synthesis of relevant issues, which are well integrated and evaluated, as appropriate.
low 0-9%
Wholly or mainly descriptive.
Not relevant to the area of study.
high 18-25%
Well integrated study with clear evidence of critical analysis/ synthesis, and evaluation relevant to the area of study.

Use of Literature Showing Knowledge and Understanding 15%
The study must demonstrate an appropriate use of academic literature/research, which is appropriate to the topic.
0-5%
Limited use of academic literature/research evidence
6-9%
Moderate range of depth and complexity appropriate to area of study.
10-15%
Extensive range, depth and complexity, which is appropriate to the area of study.

Quality of Referencing 10%
All key sources must be cited, and a consistent and accurate use of Harvard referencing system must be maintained.
low 0-4%
Main key sources not cited.
Limited or no use of an accepted referencing system.
mid 5-7%
Most sources cited using an accepted referencing system.
high 8-10%
All key sources cited.
Consistent and accurate use of an accepted referencing system.

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