View: Digital Nation on PBS

Students in Art2016, The ONLINE viewing assignment is to watch Digital Nation documentary and share your thoughts during discussion in class. Reflect on how your personal life is impacted by pervasive technology and any resonance or surprise you found in the video. (~150 words) Save your thoughts on paper.
watch the video and reflect on each of these digital nation topics…

Please View by TUES March 22 for discussion
Digital Nation on PBS Frontline (viewable online)

Video Description from PBS: Within a single generation, digital media and the World Wide Web have transformed virtually every aspect of modern culture, from the way we learn and work to the ways in which we socialize and even conduct war. But is the technology moving faster than we can adapt to it? And is our 24/7 wired world causing us to lose as much as we’ve gained? In Digital Nation: Life on the Virtual Frontier, FRONTLINE presents an in-depth exploration of what it means to be human in a 21st-century digital world. Host / commentator Douglas Rushkoff, a leading thinker and writer on the digital revolution. Continuing a line of investigation she began with the 2008 FRONTLINE report Growing Up Online, award-winning producer Rachel Dretzin embarks on a journey to understand the implications of living in a world consumed by technology and the impact that this constant connectivity may have on future generations. “I’m amazed at the things my kids are able to do online, but I’m also a little bit panicked when I realize that no one seems to know where all this technology is taking us, or its long-term effects,” says Dretzin.

REMIX WRAP-UP > Spring 2016

REMIX WRAP-UP > The assignment asks you to develop combinatory creativity, drawing from the class imagebank and generating multiple versions of your own unique mashed-up images. The goals of the assignment are to discover new ways of working with borrowed imagery, to explore using layers and tools in photoshop, to find new rhythms of work while maintaining an open, playful and experimental attitude. All imagery should be originally generated by students in the class (photos, drawings, designs). The project requires you to test techniques of mixing imagery in many ways. Your final folder should show evidence of your various experimental versions.

Please Note these Dates:

Tuesday March 1 : Finish 16″ Remix Squares, (UMD stores will cut 16 inch squares of adhesive foamcore for purchase next week so that prints can be mounted)

Thursday March 3 : Multiple Digital Versions and Print Square DUE

What should you include in your final remix folder ? :
• images you contributed to class IMAGE BANK
(you contributed at least one image to each folder)
• repeat pattern tests for game textures
• snapshots of image transfer tests onto materials
• folder with 10-20 VERSIONS of your remix square
• final 16”x16” square

Name your folder : YourName_Remix_Final
Name each image : yourname_remix_version1, yourname_remix_version2…

Upload your folder with all your versions and other evidence of digital work on the remix project to our class google drive folder: Art2016_Remix_WrapUp_spring16

Tues March 15: No Class, use time for a workday on mixed-media or View Digital Nation video online

Thursday March 17 : Mixed-Media Image transfer Remix DUE
(either a 3d object, or a large 2D work at least 32 inches)

“Cityscape 2095″ Mixed-Media + Digital

See project on Art 2.1 | New Frontier at Sundance 2013: Augmented Space in “Cityscape 2095″

Jacquet/Legoman and Ferrario/Mandril use a mixture of architectural influences to co-author an urban text that feels strangely familiar but is also impossible to locate. It is a representation of the artists’ utopia—a futuristic world within the real world, or a physical space augmented by the virtual. The idea was to show the passing of a day in an imaginary city in fast-forward. In the early hours of the day, the scene is sparse and line-based; but, as time passes, the imagery grows until it becomes urban semiotic overload—a desert of the (physical and hyper) Real.

Cityscape 2095 + interview from Yannick Jacquet (Legoman) on Vimeo.

AntiVJ present :
Cityscape 2095   an audiovisual installation by :

Legoman (3D animation)
Mandril (drawing)
Thomas Vaquie (sound design)

This project has been presented for the first time at the Mapping festival of Geneva from the 19th through the 29th of May 2011



Shot and edited by Jerome Monnot
(additional footage by Yannick Jacquet)

Comic Panels and Graphic Art on Feb 18 in Library 119

Comic Panels and Graphic Art The World at the Tip of Your Finger
Date: Thursday, February 18, 2016
Time: 3:30 – 5:00 pm
Location: UMD Library (KAML) room 119
Cost: Free

“Comic Panels and Graphic Art” will be featured Thursday, February 18, at the Kathryn A. Martin Library, room 119, from 3:30 to 5 pm.

Guest presenters are three widely known Minnesota graphic artists who will share their work and answer your questions: Barbara Schulz, Hitchhiker Vinegarettes, Minnesota College of Art and Design; Clint Hilinski, action-adventure genre, freelancer; and Duluth’s Chris Monroe, author and illustrator of the “Violet Days” series.

The exploding medium of comic art—its format, context, and cultural significance—will be introduced by three UMD faculty members: graphic artist Darren Houser; Wonder Woman and gender scholar Mitra Emad; and researcher David Beard, who specializes in comics and struggle.
“Comic Panels and Graphic Art” is made possible through a UMD Public Engagement Grant. Refreshments will be served.

Tips on Making a Repeat Pattern

For the Remix project we are also making some background patterns and textures to test in a video game environment in the MMADlab…


Work on some images that are square (1024 pixels x 1024 pixels) to place in our google folder: Repeat Patterns / Textures for 3d



Here is a link to a quick video showing how to make a repeat pattern:

Make a Repeat Pattern in 60 Seconds with Julia Rothman

REMIX PROJECT > Contribute to Image Bank

Art 2016 Assignment:

Please BRING to CLASS NEXT TUESDAY, ONE IMAGE FOR EACH FOLDER in the class imagebank on google drive.
REMIX CATEGORIES Each Folder in the Image Bank has 3 keywords

Each student must place one image into each folder that somehow connects to the keyword topics. The Images MUST BE ORIGINAL, and in no way can they borrow or steal from the internet. The images can be photos, drawings, or mixed media of any kind. The images must be flat (PNGs and JPGs are good at high 300ppi resolution).

Name each image with Keyword_YourName.


Patterns / Texture / Rhythm

Technology / Blueprints / Maps

Animals / Creatures / Monsters

Nature / Landscape / Organic

Urban / Structures / Architecture

Culture / Heritage / History

Travel / Transportation / Motion

Books / Stories / Fiction

People / Anatomy / Sports

Space / Outerspace / Weather

RiP! A Remix Manifesto

Digital Art Mixed-Media  / Online Viewing Assignment

RiP! A Remix Manifesto (it’s about 86 minutes)

Please view full video online. Take notes on what you find most revealing or surprising about the contemporary practice of remix artists. Does the video raise issues about your own use of digital media… in your artwork or your life? How does the video relate to recent internet blackout/protest and SOPA (Stop Online Piracy Act) legislation? Do you side with the CopyLEFT or the CopyRIGHT?

RiP: A Remix Manifesto from Laurent LaSalle on Vimeo. your comments (about 150 words). We will discuss in class the following week.