Week 1 (1/28):
New Media Authoring
Frame and excess : the claims of Non linearity/ Interactivity/ Multiple
Indices of excess/ the off-frame
Demo - Pam Jennings
Discussion of interface design guidelines
Reading (due week 3):
- Joyce, Michael - Afternoon (on disk; installed in lab)
- J. Yellowlees Douglas - "How Do I Stop This Thing? Closure and Indeterminacy
in Interactive Narratives"
- Jennings, Pam - "Narrative Structures for New Media"
Exercise 1 (due week 5) -
Construct a story as a puzzle. Use text or sound cues in addition
to visual cues.
Week 3 (2/11):
Segmentation / Alternative
Analysis of Afternoon
Homework (due week 7)-
- Guy Vardi, "Navigation Scheme for Interactive Movies with Linear Narrative"
The Akutugawa Stories: Rashomon, In a Grove
Parker Tyler - Interpretation and Background
View at home: Korasawa's Rashomon
Week 4 (2/18) - President's day; no classes
Week 5 (2/25):
Review and critique Ex1.
Discussion: Georges Perec - Life a User's Manual
Exercise 2 (due week 8):
Multiple POV - write/form a collaborative journal reflecting a similar
experience or a limited period; focus on overlaps and points of friction
as potential links between or interruptions of singular views.
Week 6 (3/4) - Flash workshop
Week 7 (3/11):
Multiple points of view
Holbein's "The Ambassadors"
Lacan's map and Orpheus' gaze
- Guy Vardi's project
- 360 degrees - Picture Projects
- Stan Douglas - "The Sandman"
- Zbig Rybzinski
- Peter Campus - Three transitions
In preparation of reading: Jacobson's
definition of Metonymy and Metaphor
Reading (due week 10):
- Borges, Jorge Luis - "The Garden of Forking
- Brooks, Peter - Reading for the Plot,
upto p.23 [The rest is optional]
- Stuart Moulthrop, from Hypermedia and Literary
Studies - "Reading from the Map: Metonymy and Metaphor in the Fiction
of Forking Paths"
- Terence Harpold, from Hypermedia and Literary Studies - "Threnody:
Psychoanalytic Digressions on the Subject of Hypertexts".
Week 8 (3/25):
Review and critique Ex2.
Exercise 3 (due week 11):
Create (a prototype for) a web site organized around the concept of
Forgetting -- the dispersal and erasure of the story. Rely on previously
discussed themes such as expiration, absence, erasure and decay, interruption
of frame and point of view. Outline an overall map of the site, and give
samples of possible images, drawings and text for a number of central
pages, along with the possible links leading to and from them.
9 (4/1) - Final Cuts Pro workshop
Week 10 (4/8):
Segmentation / Alternative paths (B)
Metonymy and Metaphor in the Fiction of Forking
Beginning, Middle, End vs. Margin-Center
Linear plot construction (Brooks) vs. Hypertext
Demo holes and gaps in contemporary
Demo - Bill Viola / The Pool
Reading (due week 12):
- Borges, Jorge Luis - "The Secret Miracle"
- Benedikt, Michael - "Cyberspace: Some Proposals"
- Wolf, Mark J. P. -
"Inventing Space, Towards a Taxonomy of On- and Off- Screen Space in
- Bolter, Jay - Topographic Writing: Hypertext and the Electronic Writing
Week 11 (4/15):
Review and critique Ex 3.
Exercise -Final project:
- Written outline (due week 12).
- Beta version (due week 13)
Signup for individual meetings over final projects
Week 12 (4/22):
Elastic Time and Space
Flexible linear models
Open and closed environment; Orientation.
Landscape as Story. Maps.
Example: Robert Enrico / Owl Creek Bridge
Reading (due week 14):
- Eco, Umberto, The Role of The Reader -
- Introduction, p. 7-10 [The rest is optional]
- Sherry Turkle, Life on the Screen: Identity in the Age of the Internet
- Ch.7: "Aspects of the Self"
- Dibbell, Julian - "A Rape in Cyberspace"
[INDIVIDUAL MEETINGS OVER FINAL PROJECTS]
Review final project beta version
Design Guidelines [Examples from Poetry CD-ROM]
The Reader/ User/ Game Player
You as protagonist/ collaborator: Positioning the reader
Eco - The Role of the Reader: Closed and Open texts
MUDS - User identity
Demo: Bjork video clip
Discussion: Calvino, Italo - If On a Winter's Night a Traveler
Week 15 (5/13):
Final Projects Review and Critique