DIGITAL NATION : View Online

Students in Art2016, The ONLINE viewing assignment is to watch the PBS Digital Nation documentary, write a short reflection and upload to google folder.  Later you will share your thoughts during discussion in class. Please View on TUES (Jan 24)  and upload your short reflection about the 5 topics into the google folder by the end of the day on THURSDAY (Jan 26). 
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.
Please UPLOAD in a text document to the google drive folder by Thursday
watch the video and reflect on each of these digital nation topics…

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.

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January Class Plan : Mosaic Project

Thanks so much to all my Art2016 / Digital Mixed-Media Students for their patience at the beginning of this semester. A family medical crisis interrupts my teaching again this week. Please see the January class plan below, and note the online viewing assignment posted (Digital Nation). I am grateful that Gloria Brush and Matt Olin have offered to fill in for parts of the semester. I will do my best to keep you all informed about our schedule.

On Tues January 17, I introduced the Mosaic Project with my powerpoint and you each shared ideas about your approach. Please continue working on the project, always keeping in mind the need to be experimental and show versions along the way. I will be setting up a google drive folder for sharing your work in progress. Look for the google drive folder for your section:   Art2016_sec1_Spring17   or    Art2016_sec2_Spring17      Inside you will find the folders for Each Assignment as we go…

Tues Jan 24 : CLASS ONLINE   Please do the online viewing assignment : Digital Nation (Upload short reflection ~150 words by Thursday)

Thurs Jan 26 : CLASS ONLINE  Please upload 3 versions of your Mosaic Self-Portrait to the class folder on google drive. Share your versions as flat images (jpg or png format). Always title images with Project_ version_ YOUR FULL NAME. ( example: Mosaic_V1_JoellynRock.png , Mosaic_V2_JoellynRock.jpg   ).

Tues Jan 31 :   PLEASE BE in CLASS for CRITIQUE and FEEDBACK on versions of your Mosaic work so far.

Thursday Feb 2 : STUDIO DAY  Use class time to refine and finish your mosaic / bring it to print or construct your final version at full scale (at least 20 inches in any direction).

Tuesday Feb 7 : Final Mosaics DUE for Grading / Full Scale / Mixed-Media Collage or Quality Print

Spring17 : Mosaic Assignment

In the era of selfies, this digital art project poses a question: What is portraiture in the digital age? Consider the history of portraiture, especially self-portraits by artists, and how the era is reflected in the style of the portrait. Some examples:
http://www.d.umn.edu/~jrock2/self_portraits/

Mosaic Project Intro Slideshow / Low-rez
http://www.d.umn.edu/~jrock2/mosaic_project_intro_lowrez

ART 2016 Assignment #1 Mosaic Project : Create a self-portrait that reflects your own identity as an artist in this contemporary age. Your portrait must also engage the concept of mosaic in digital media and should be assembled from multiple pieces that together form the whole. Allow the divisions between these pieces to play an active role in the image dynamics of the portrait. As tiled images these should reflect the multiplicity and fragmentation of personal identity in the digital age. Consider mixing traditional techniques (drawing, painting, etc) with digital techniques. Employ art principles to strengthen image unity (color, line, texture, etc). Assemble a dynamic image that contains both unity and surprise. Work at appropriate image resolution for quality output. Plan ahead for a final work at large scale (at least 20 inches in one direction.) Assemble mixed-media to highest quality final craft.