Penn State Art 416

Penn State University — School of Visual Arts
Fall 2011
ART 416 Advanced Web and Net Art: Multimedia Publishing

Professor: Eduardo Navas (
T TH 02:30P – 05:30P

Office Hours: Tuesdays 12 PM – 2 PM, by appointment
Please contact me via e-mail


Project 1: Introduction to new media/online practice 15%
Project 2: Exploring new media practice 15%
Paper: Critical essay 20%
Project 3: Extended New Media Project 20%
Project 4: Final project 20%Note: Weekly assignments are worth an overall of 5% of your grade, and linked to attendance on Thursdays. Not turning your weekly assignments on time will also affect your attendance as it will be considered equivalent to an absence.You must download the following software to your computer
before Tuesday, August 30:
Video Downloader: Flash Video Downloader
Image Analysis: ImageJ 
Research MethodologyHTML Lecture Notes:
Lecture 1: Introduction, basic tags, tables
Lecture 2: Linking pages, Tables, Introduction to Imageready and Photoshop
Lecture 3: Basic CSS Style Sheets
Lecture 4: File Hierarchy, Brief introduction to Flash Animation
Lecture 5: Setting a rootfolderRequired Books:
Net Works: Case Studies in Web Art and Design by xtine burrough, Routledge
New Media Art by Reena Jana and Mark Tribe, Thames and Hudson
(This content is available online: Assignments:
8/30 to 9/1: Customized CSS Assignment
10/18 to 10/25: Flash Assignment

October 27 to November 1: Video Streaming Lecture 1 and Lecture 2.

Miscellaneous Flash Code


Tuesday, November 1, 2011
Review weekly assignment due | continue with video streaming and PHP API access.

Thursday, October 27, 2011
Discuss readings for the week, see Sites of the Week for Week of October 18, 2011

Begin weekly assignment in class, due on Tuesday, November 1, 2011:

Based on the Video Streaming Lecture tutorials available above on the top right, under Weekly Assignments, make a list of three videos you have produced and emded it as an xml file ready to call up the videos to be streamed on your Flash interface. Once you have the Flash interface designed, embed it on a php page of your own design, preferably, the one you have been working from CSS Zen.


Tuesday, October 25, 2011
Weekly Assignment Due | Lecture on Video Streaming and Flash


Thursday, October 20, 2011
| Introduction to essay assignment |
 Lab Time: Work on weekly assignment, due on Tuesday, October 25, 2011


Tuesday, October 18, 2011
Discuss Adjustments of Second Project | Web Development lecture on Flash and Video | Weekly Assignment introduced: see Weekly Assignment above for Details on Flash Assignment.


Thursday, October 13, 2011
Due: Second Project | In class critique | Introduction to Flash


Tuesday, October 11, 2011
Lab Time: Work on Second Project due on October 13, 2011.


Thursday, October 6, 2011
Lab Time: Work on Second Project due on October 13, 2011.


Tuesday, October 4, 2011
 Weekly Assignment on PHP | Discuss reading (see sites of the week of September 20.) | update on research: sources, notes, etc.


Thursday, September 29, 2011
Lab Time: Work on in-class.

Weekly Assignment, due on October 4, 2011, at 12 PM:

Use the php code that you learned during class session to develop two php pages which use the CSS Zen Garden design you modifed. Incorporate at least two of the features–including form information that is sent to a fictional server.


Tuesday, September 27, 2011
DUE: Weekly assignment
 | In-class critique | In class lecture, introduction to PHP


Thursday, September 22, 2011
Lab Time: Work on Weekly Assignment (due on Tuesday, Sept. 27) | Second Project Assigned | Third reading assigned see “Sites for the Week” of September 20, 2011. (Net Works text.)


Tuesday, September 20, 2011
Discuss Weekly Assignment | Review Design principles | Work on Weekly Assignment

Weekly Assignment: Revise your template according to the feecback received from your peers and instructor. Due at the end of class on Thursday, November 22, 2011


Thursday, September 15, 2011

Second reading assigned: see sites of the week of September 6. | Lab Time: Work on weekly Assignment due at the end of class session


Tuesday, September 13, 2011

DUE:  First project | In-class Critique | Web Development Lecture | Weekly Assignment

Weekly Assignment

Take of a CSS design from CSS Zen, as shown during class lecture and modify the design of your choice to make it your own. Change color, size and selection of type, as well as images. You must change the dimensions of the main DiV tag as well as all other containers within the main tag. Upload to Angel on the folder titled “Weekly_Assig_9_20.” We will discuss it during class on Tuesday, September 20, 2011.


Thursday, September 8, 2011
Lab Time: Weekly Assignment due at the end of class session


Tuesday, September 6, 2011
Lecture on video analysis | update on research: sketches, sources, notes, etc. |


Thursday, September 1, 2011

Lab Time: Weekly Lab Assignment due at 5:30 PM, Thursday, September 1.

Read the instructions for Customized CSS Assignment.


Tuesday, August 30, 2011
Discussion of first reading | Lecture on web development | update on research:
sketches, sources, notes, etc.

Weekly Lab Assignment (from Thursday, August 25) due at 12:00 PM, Tuesday 8/30.


Weekly Lab Assignment Due Thursday, September 1, 2011

For in class assignment, copy and paste the following text on the head of an html page:

#mainWindow {


background-color: #ff0000;


#content_Font {

font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, AkzidenzGrotesk, Univers, Arial, sans-serif;
font-size: 16px;
font-weight: normal;
text-align: left;
margin-left: 0px;
margin-right: 0px;
color: #cccc99


After lecture, begin working on Weekly assignment, due on Thursday, September 1, 2011 at 5:30 PM, (see assignment in corresponding entry above).


Thursday, August 25, 2011
Lab Time: Weekly assignment due at the beginning of Tuesday class session.

Weekly Lab Assignment due at 12:00 PM, Tuesday 8/30.

Choose a work from Turbulence that explores the pontential of online time-based media, and write a brief analysis no longer than 300 words that answers the following questions:

  • Why did you choose this work?
  • What is the work trying to say?
  • What type of technology is used?
  • How does the art work bring together content and form? Is it effective? Why or why not?

Note that the project does not need to be a video. It could be a web project that juses animation or movement of some sort.

You must upload your document in word format to the corresponding folder titled “Weekly_Assig_8_25”, available on Angel. Please note that the assignment will be considered late after 12:00 PM. You will not be able to upload material to the folder after this time. However, you can upload your late assignment to the folder titled “Weekly_8_25_After_12.” You will lose the equivalent of one letter grade for late weekly assignments. Deadline for late assignments is 5/31 at 5:30 PM.


Tuesday, August 23, 2011
Overview of class | Introduction to first project | Research methodology | Begin research process for first assignment | Lecture on art production and design | First Reading Assigned

Reading Assignment:

Read the introduction in New Media Art:
Defining New Media Art



Site for the Week of October 18, 2011Robert Niedeffer, WTF?! Franceschi, David Liu, and Myriel Milicevic, SF Garden Registry corresponding pages on the book Net Works, pp.25 – 46.


Sites for the Week of October 4, 2011

Hitler finds out about the Downfall Parodies

Buffy vs Edward: Twilight Remixed — [original version]

Donald Duck Meets Glenn Beck in Right Wing Radio Duck

Donald Duck Meets Glenn Beck in Right Wing Radio Duck:

Thom Yorke Remixes:

Rapture Riders:

Sour Glass:


Sites for the Week of September 20, 2011

Fernanda Viegas and Martin Wattenberg, Luscious

Ethan Ham, Tumbarumba

Read corresponding pages on the book Net Works, pp. 100 – 120.


Online resources:

Personal sites by Professional artists and designers:
Jody Zelen

Online sites:

Sites for the Week of September 6, 2011

Michael Demers, Color Field Painting

Constant Dullart, YouTube as Subject

Read Corresponding chapters on Net Works, pp 3 – 24. to be discussed a week after the first project is due.


Sites for the Week of August 30, 2011

Description in book

Heavy Industries
Description in book

Rafael Lozano-Hemmer, Vectorial Elevation
Description in book

Design resources:
CSS Remix
CSS Zen Garden


Sites for the week of August 23

Read the description of these projects in the book New Media Art:
Description in book

Natalie Bookchin, The Intruder
Description in book

Electronic Disturbance Theater
Description in book

Description in book

Description in book

Peter Horvath

Eduardo Kac, Rara Avis

Gustavo Romano, IP Poetry

Art Resources:
Whtney Portal to Net Art


Design resources:

CSS Remix
CSS Zen Garden



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