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Robert Spahr,  Assistant Professor of New Media in the Cinema and Photography Department at Southern Illinois University Carbondale


Darth Vader Feels Blue, 1:46
Meet the Mark One: the world’s first Carbon Fiber 3D printer, 3:23
Meet Amazon’s robot army
GNU User Lib video, 2:53
BigDog Overview (Updated March 2010), 03:35
Alex Roman: The Third and The Seventh
Alex Roman: Compositing BreakDown (T&S)
The Great Gatsby (2013) Visual Effects Before & After Clip [HD]
Behind the Magic: The Visual Effects of “The Avengers”
Blaise Aguera y Arcas demos Photosynth, 03:38-06:10
NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, 02:13-03:40
USAF MQ-1 Predator Drone Engage Insurgents & Insurgent Vehicle. Afghanistan
PressTV News (1st Iranian International News Network): US drone strike kills 5 in Pakistan’s tribal region
Casey Neistat: Snapchat Murders Facebook, 5:46
Sebastian Deterding: What your designs say about you, 12:24

What is Generative Art?
Mobile Device Performance

Duchamp: Readymades
Duchamp: 3 Standard Stoppages
Man Ray: Indestructable Object
Cage: Prepared Piano
Robert Morris: Litanies & Document
Steve Reich: Pendulum Music
Sol Lewitt: Drawing

Recent Work – Generative Art – 2015
Recent Work – review

Jackson Pollock ’51
Minimal at Liminal, Steve Reich’s Pendulum Music
Mark Napier: Shredder
Olia Lialina: My BoyfriendCame Back From The War
Michael Mandiberg: After Sherrie Levine
John F. Simon Jr: Every Icon
Cory Arcangel: Super Mario Clouds
Anne-Marie Schleiner: Velvet-Strike
Eva and Franco Mattes, No Fun
DJ Danger Mouse: The Grey Album, Encore
The Yes Men, Exxon’s Climate-Victim Candles
Keith Obadike: Blackness for Sale
Unknown Artist: Mouchette
Marie Sester: ACCESS

Art and Technology Series Fall ’14
Cinemagraphs by Julien Douvier
Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens Official Teaser Trailer #1 (2015) – J.J. Abrams Movie HD
Star Wars: Episode VII Trailer – George Lucas’ Special Edition
3D-Printed Mistakes Are Inspiring a New Kind of Glitch Art
There’s Not Much ‘Glitch’ In Glitch Art

Eben Moglen: The alternate net we need, and how we can build it ourselves
Freedom Box Foundation
Public Key Encryption
Download TOR
Download GNU Privacy Guard
Richard Stallman – What is free software?
Internet Art: art in the age of decentralized networks
New Media as an extension of Cinema

Gotye – Somebody That I Used to Know – Old School Computer Remix
Man with a Movie Camera (Alloy Orchestra) 1929

Successful Communication Decentalized Networks
Speed Viewers Guide to New Media – lecture notes
Bradley J. Rhodes, MIT Media Lab: The wearable remembrance agent: A system for augmented memory 1997
Mario Savio: Sproul Hall Steps, December 2, 1964

GA2011 Presentation

The Jargon File, an influential but not universally accepted compendium of hacker slang, defines hacker as “A person who enjoys exploring the details of programmable systems and stretching their capabilities, as opposed to most users, who prefer to learn only the minimum necessary.”


Glitch Art

Glitch Art is the aestheticization of digital or analog errors, such as artifacts and other “bugs”, by either corrupting digital code/data or by physically manipulating electronic devices (for example by circuit bending).

In a technical sense a glitch is the unexpected result of a malfunction. The term is thought to derive from the German glitschig, meaning ‘slippery.’ It was first recorded in English in 1962 during the American space program by John Glenn when describing problems they were having, Glenn explained, “Literally, a glitch is a spike or change in voltage in an electrical current.”
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Recent visiting artist:



First Computer Bug

Bash Scripting Tutorial


Circuit Bending

Circuit bending is the creative customization of the circuits within electronic devices such as low voltage, battery-powered guitar effects, children’s toys and small digital synthesizers to create new musical or visual instruments and sound generators.

Emphasizing spontaneity and randomness, the techniques of circuit bending have been commonly associated with noise music, though many more conventional contemporary musicians and musical groups have been known to experiment with “bent” instruments. Circuit bending usually involves dismantling the machine and adding components such as switches and potentiometers that alter the circuit.
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Example of Bent Toys

Reed Ghazala’s Art of Circuit Bending

Safety Tips

Probe Electronics
Simple ways to circuit bend a toy
Circuit Bending

Instructions on Soldiering:
(Always use rosin core soldering & be careful not to burn yourself!)
Simple example of soldering

How to Solder

Arduino Examples – ToneKeyboard (Force Sensitive Resistor)
Arduino Examples – TonePitchFollower (Photocell)
Arduino Lilypad

Marc Andreessen: Interview – 1996 (12:35-18:30)
Kent State – 1970
Rodney King – 1991
UC Davis Pepper Spray – 2011
Sep 11 – 2nd plane in WTC
Sep 11 photo by Thomas Hoepker
#Occupy Bat Signal for the 99%
Stub Cruft 1010270514
Stub Cruft 1010280514
Stub Cruft 1010290514
Camera a short film by David Cronenberg, 6:41
Bedhead a student film by Robert Rodrigiuez, 9:09
DOODLEBUG – short film by Christopher Nolan, 2:59
Nocturne – a student film by Lars Von Trier, 8:32
Hitchcock: The Birds – Ms Brenner finds the body of Farmer Fawcett
Listening to La Jetee
Dennis Pickett – Narrative 02:55
Daniel Schick – Narrative 04:32
Kyle Harris – Narrative 03:24
Ross Citrin – Narrative 03:00
Jerry Smuddle – Narrative 03:01
Logan Bush – Narrative 02:75
Tim Venhaus

James Throgmorton – source files Derron Lee – Sound & Image map (on the server) 01:00
Sam Bartos – source files Jonathon James – Sound & Map (on the server ) 01:00

Dennis Pickett- Experimental 02:26
Ross Citrin – Experimental 03:12
Daniel Schick – Experimental
Jamie Laster – Experimental 01:00
Laura Niebrugge – Expermental 02:07
Zach Johnson – Experimental (on the server) 02:17

Dennis Pickett & James Throgmorton – Documentary
Ross Citrin – Documentary 08:05
Andrew Spencer – Documentary 06:03
Ashley Burks – Documentary (on the server) 03:30

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