IMA 505 Syllabus

IMA 505

NUMBER OF CREDITS: 3            

COURSE TITLE: Multimedia History, Theory and Criticism      

COURSE DESCRIPTION: This class will present a historical and critical context within which the field of multimedia and interactivity can be studied. It will develop ways of analyzing the relationship of new interactive work to the rich history of multimedia art forms. Subjects to be introduced will include photography, cinema, radio, television, computers and the Internet, as well as study of the impact of new technologies on the field of cultural studies.

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AUTHOR(S):                       Patrick Aievoli

PUBLISHER(S):      Whittier Publications

OBJECTIVE OF THE COURSE: Students will gain a perspective on the lineage of innovation and prior knowledge base needed to progress within the realm of digital constructs. An emphasis is placed on prior advancements that are reflected in innovative uses of the five areas concentrated on in this course: arts, information, education, entertainment, and commerce.

CONTACT HOURS: 6:40 to 8:40

Graduate level lecture courses 3 credits reflect 2 hrs. x 15 weeks = 30 contact hours

Patrick Aievoli paievoli@liu.edu

Office hours and location

Humanities Hall Room 119a –

12:30 to 1:50 / 4pm to 6 pm – Tues & Thurs

CONTENT DESCRIPTION: The content used in this class will be focused on technologies, societal trends and needs. Each lecture will use the previous timeframes as a starting point and arc towards the subsequent time or event.

INSTRUCTIONAL ACTIVITIES: Students will research listed areas of multimedia history. Each paper will focus on the following breakdown creating an ongoing linkage from past to present to future.

ASSIGNMENTS /HOMEWORK HOURS: (A 3 credit course meeting 3 hours a week should reflect 6 hours of supplementary assignments each week for a total of 90 assignment hours)

Past Technologies – Knowledge base and technological advancement from at least the previous century

Past – 60%

Present – 20%

Future – 20%

Present Technologies – Knowledge base and technological advancement from the previous 50 years

Past – 20%

Present – 60%

Future – 20%

Future Technologies – Knowledge base and technological advancements predicted for the next 50 years

Past – 20%

Present – 20%

Future – 60%

*Supplementary assignments should be further defined and quantified:

Paper Research and Development       1 hour

Readings                                             1 hour

Presentation                                         1 hour

*Each assignment should be clearly stated in paragraph form. Format outlines and assessment rubrics maybe included if appropriate.

 

EVALUATION (Percentage valued for each assignment and participation)

Final grade will be based on class participation, assigned reading, student progress, tests and evaluation of papers.

More than three absences will result in a failing grade.

 

Students will need to spend at least three hours per week in the lab (outside of class time) to complete these projects.

A= Excellent Work

B+ = Above Average

B = Average

C+ = Minimal Average

C= Below Average

D+ = Well below average

D = Minimal Level

F = Failure to meet expectations

Late projects will either not be accepted or will result in a lowered grade. In addition, there will be tutorial assignments worked on in class and a high probability of surprise quizzes. Finally, all students should maintain notes on class lectures, demonstrations and instruction.  Class attendance is essential.

WEEKLY COURSE OUTLINE: (A 15 week schedule to reflect the school calendar with week to week topics and assignments)

 

Class 1:         Introductions, administrative stuff, reading syllabus, discussion of what “multimedia” means, with definitions and derivations.

 

Class 2:         A history of different media: text, sound, recording, communications technology, video, audio and film.

 

Class 3:         History of television, broadcasting, and as much as possible of early computer history.

 

Class 4:         First Quiz

Handing in proposals and reviewing outlines for first paper.

Class viewing of “Triumph of the Nerds”

 

Class 5:         First paper due

The sixties and psychedelia, avant-garde music, performance art that led

up to modern computer history.

 

Class 6:         Guest speaker.

Handing in proposals and reviewing outlines for second paper.

Review for Mid Term

 

Class 7:         Mid Term Exam

 

Class 8:         Internet History and Significance.

Second paper due

 

Class 9:         Discussion of the confluence of factors necessary for modern “multimedia” to occur.

The beginnings of modern multimedia.

 

Class 10:       Second Quiz on material covered to date.

Viewing of “Pirates of Silicon Valley”

 

Class 11:       Handing in proposals and reviewing outlines for third paper.History of Archival Media.

 

Class 12:       Third paper due “Outside the Box”  presentation

 

Class 13:       Review for Final Exam

 

Class 14:       Final Exam

SUPPLEMENTARY READING LIST

GENERAL:

Links

The list below links to some historical reference sites. If you would like to add to the list please email me paievoli@liu.edu

Ishango
http://193.75.136.15/~dhuylebrouck/Ishango_web/Ishango_web.htm

Trajan Column
http://www.woodberry.org/acad/hist/CLASSICS/sites/nelms/trajancol.htmhttp://cheiron.humanities.mcmaster.ca/~trajan/http://itsa.ucsf.edu/~snlrc/encyclopaedia_romana/imperialfora/columndetails.html

Sieve of Eratosthenes
http://www.math.utah.edu/~alfeld/Eratosthenes.htmlhttp://rsb.info.nih.gov/nih-image/java/benchmarks/sieve.html

Napier
http://www.mat.bham.ac.uk/C.J.Sangwin/Sliderules/sliderules.htmlwww.csis.american.edu/museum/HOC_Class/html/slides/babbage/tsld003.htm

www.computinghistorymuseum.org/teaching/lectures/pptlectures/

Blaise Pascal
http://www-groups.dcs.st-andrews.ac.uk/~history/Mathematicians/Pascal.html
www.thocp.net/hardware/pascaline.htm

Ned Ludd
http://www.wikipedia.com/wiki/Luddite

Herman Hollerith
http://www-groups.dcs.st-andrews.ac.uk/~history/Mathematicians/Hollerith.html
www.maxmon.com/1890ad.htmwww.memorials-internet.com/browse/hermanhollerith.html

Eadweard Muybridge 
www.cs.berkeley.edu/~bregler/bodies.htmlphoto.ucr.edu/photographers/muybridge/www.ediblebrain.com/muybridge.htm

Thomas Edison
edison.rutgers.edu/www.invent.org/book/book-text/38.htmlwww.tomedison.org/www.thomasedison.com/www.edison-ford-estate.com/thomas-edison/Ebio.htmwww.theatlantic.com/issues/95dec/edison/edison.htm

NikolaTesla
www.neuronet.pitt.edu/~bogdan/tesla/www.amasci.com/tesla/tesla.htmlwww.mall-usa.com/BPCS/tesla.htmlwww.concentric.net/~jwwagner/www.teslascience.org/www.energy.ca.gov/education/scientists/tesla.htmlwww.pbs.org/tesla/

Lumiere Brothers
http://www.holonet.khm.de/visual_alchemy/lumiere.htmlwww.mairie-lyon.fr/en/specif_lumiere.html

Philo T. Farnsworth
www.invent.org/book/book-text/41.htmlwww.time.com/time/time100/scientist/profile/farnsworth.htmlwww.inventorsmuseum.com/farnsworth.htmwww.kbyu.org/membership/ptfsoc/story.htmlwww.slcc.edu/schools/hum_sci/physics/whatis/biography/farnsworth.htmwww.upress.utah.edu/books/godfrey_d.html

WarnerBrothers
www2.wlu.edu/Warner_Collection/Exhibit_History.html
www.learner.org/biographyofamerica/prog20/web/www.seeing-stars.com/Museums/WarnerBrosMuseum.shtmlwww.raken.com/american_wealth/bibliography/general.asp

Colossus
www.datauk.force9.co.uk/colossus.html
www.raphael.math.uic.edu/~jeremy/crypt/guardian.htmlwww.computer.org/intelligent/ex2001/pdf/x6082.pdf
www.computer.org/history/development/1940-44.htm
www.wikipedia.com/wiki/Colossus_computer
www.stanford.edu/~mgritter/colossus.html
www.acsa2000.net/www.maxmon.com/1943ad.htm
www.dcs.warwick.ac.uk/~hoc/links.html

Vannevar Bush
www.theatlantic.com/unbound/flashbks/computer/bushf.htm
www.cs.brown.edu/research/graphics/html/info/timeline.html
www.ausbcomp.com/~bbott/wik/bushref.htm
www.kerryr.net/pioneers/memex.htmwww.press.jhu.edu/press/books/landow/memex.html

ENIAC
ftp.arl.mil/~mike/comphist/eniac-story.html
www.eniac.com/www.seas.upenn.edu:8080/~museum/hist-overview.html
www.ei.cs.vt.edu/~history/ENIAC.Richey.HTML 
www.computer.org/annals/www.pbs.org/wgbh/aso/databank/entries/dt45en.html www.inventorsmuseum.com/eniac.htmwww.seas.upenn.edu:8080/~museum/logo.htmlhttp://mbhs.bergtraum.k12.ny.us/cybereng/nyt/databox.htmwww.computer.org/history/development/1946.htmwww.fht-esslingen.de/studentisches/Computer_Geschichte/grp4/ eniac.html

EDVAC

ftp.arl.mil/~mike/comphist/61ordnance/chap3.html
www.maxmon.com/1946ad.htmwww.eingang.org/Lecture/edvac.htmlwww.fht-esslingen.de/studentisches/Computer_Geschichte/grp4/

Paul Baran
www.ibiblio.org/pioneers/baran.htmlwww.ieee.org/organizations/history_center/oral_histories/ www.rutgers.edu/~crose/baran.html

Bolt, Berenak and Newman
www.bbn.com/

andrews.uky.edu/LIS636/CS.htm
cdlbangladesh.org/partha/em6/essay.htm

ARPANet
www.arpanet.com/ www.dei.isep.ipp.pt/docs/arpa.htmlwww.cybergeography.org/atlas/historical.htmlwww.securenet.net/members/shartley/history/arpanet.htm

Robert Metcalf
www.seas.upenn.edu:8080/~gaj1/metgg.html www.sun.com/solaris/ipv6/ieee.pdfwww.ssuet.edu.pk/taimoor/athar/ce-5101/fastethernet/tsld014.htmwww.telebyteusa.com/foprimer/foch4.htmwww.intel.com/network/connectivity/resources/doc_library/www.rware.demon.co.uk/ethernet.htm

Xerox Palo Alto Research Center
www.parc.xerox.com/parc-go.htmlwww.parc.xerox.com/istl/projects/dlib/www.pbs.org/opb/nerds2.0.1/serving_suits/parc.htmlwww.parc.com/ www.tuxedo.org/~esr/jargon/html/entry/XEROX-PARC.htmlwww.cs.stir.ac.uk/~sjr/xerox.html

Information Architecture

 

Jakob Nielsen

http://www.webreference.com/new/011011.html

http://www.useit.com/about/nographics.html

http://www.digital-web.com/interviews/interview_2002-11.shtml

 

Usability and Information

http://www.websitetips.com/design/usability.shtml

 

People of the Web

http://www.w3.org/People.html

 

http://www.unc.edu/depts/jomc/academics/dri/pioneers2a.html

 

Art & Design

daVinci and the Internet

http://www.wired.com/news/culture/0,1284,57401,00.html

 

 

Josef Muller Brockman

http://www.papress.com/books/1568980620.html

 

International Typographic Style

http://webpages.marshall.edu/~bruggemann1/international_typographic_style1.htm

 

Visual Design Timeline

http://www.rit.edu/~rrrfad/timel1.html

 

Seven Deadly Sins of Web Design

http://wp.netscape.com/computing/webbuilding/studio/feature19980729-1.html

 

The Grid

http://216.239.33.104/search?q=cache:DP-36Vwak8EJ:www.utexas.edu/coc/journalism/SOURCE/J336/handouts/ho22gr1s.pdf++%22Swiss+Design%22+%2B+%22de+Stijl%22&hl=en&ie=UTF-8

http://www.press.uchicago.edu/Misc/Chicago/791173.html

http://dev1.epsb.edmonton.ab.ca/math14_Jim/math7/strand2/2102.htm

http://www.poynter.org/dg.lts/id.47/aid.37529/column.htm

http://www.utexas.edu/coc/journalism/SOURCE/J395smF0/readings/luptotx1.html

http://www.hitl.washington.edu/people/dace/portfoli/thesis/in-prog/schem/schmdia1.html

http://www.snap-dragon.com/robert_hughes.htm

 

David Carson

http://www.davidcarsondesign.com

http://www.kramberger-uran.com/dcworkshop02/interview.php

 

Roger Black

http://www.businessweek.com/cgi-bin/ebiz/ebiz_frame.pl?url=/ebiz/9905/em0512.htm

http://www.newyorkmetro.com/nymetro/news/media/columns/medialife/1588/

http://www.medialifemagazine.com/news2001/feb01/feb05/1_mon/news3monday.html

http://www.adobe.com/web/features/rblack/main.html

http://www.linezine.com/3.1/features/rbbmtlzli.htm

 

Animation

History of Animation

http://www-viz.tamu.edu/courses/viza615/97spring/pjames/history/main.html

 

Winsor McCay

http://www.wikipedia.org/wiki/Winsor_McCay

 

Max Fleischer

http://www.bfi.org.uk/sightandsound/archive/innovators/fleischer.html

 

Flash

http://www.macromedia.com/macromedia/events/john_gay/page02.html

 

Director

http://www.lingoworkshop.com/articles/article2.asp

 

Chronology of Animation

http://www.public.iastate.edu/~rllew/chronst.html

 

The Future of User Interface Design

http://216.239.41.104/search?q=cache:utr6HNs0fTEJ:www.biermans.com/interface/computer.PDF+%22history+of+Interface+Design%22&hl=en&ie=UTF-8

 

Interactive and Multimedia Arts

 

Early Days

T. Marinetti

http://www.todayinliterature.com/biography/f.t.marinetti.asp

 

Morton Heilig

http://www.ipo.tue.nl/homepages/mrauterb/presentations/HCI-history/sld060.htm

 

Laurie Anderson

http://www4.hmc.edu:8001/humanities/mus127s/Puppet.html

 

Ed Emshwiller
http://emsh.calarts.edu/emshwiller.html

 

Alan Kaprow
http://creativetechnology.salford.ac.uk/fuchs/modules/input_output/Happening/happening_kaprow.htm

 

Billy Kluver

http://www.asci.org/BellLabs/kluver.html

http://www.findarticles.com/cf_dls/m1248/6_90/87023016/p1/article.jhtml