EDPX 3730/4730 21st Century Digital Art (S17)


Catalog Description:

An exploration of Digital Art and surrounding culture from the last 17 years. Topics will include MMO performances, interactive installations, VR, animation, video shorts, and much more. Students will actively search for, share and critically review much of the artwork for the class.

Contact information

Associate Professor Chris Coleman

Office: Room 216A Sturm Hall

Office Hours: 12-2pm Tuesday and Thursday or by appt.

Email: Christopher.Coleman@du.edu

Course Overview

Digital Technology not only creates our future, it is also a medium for artistic expression. Nearly every technology has been explored by artists, questioning its uses, effects, and limitations. Technology also allows expression in ways never before possible. Culturally, digital arts sometimes serves as a research and development branch for advertising because of their pursuit of new spectacle. It is also often responsible for driving aesthetics and cultural tastes. We will look at works which do all of these things and more. The course will be focused around 10 topics, more than 200 artists, and your ability to research and analyze digital art created since 2000. The research will then be shared online to help others discover more about the world of digital art.

Course Objectives

By the end of this course you will:

  • Have a broad knowledge of the last 17 years of digital arts
  • Have a working understanding working with a CMS
  • Understand the process of researching artists and artworks
  • Understand the process of attributing, embedding and linking to multimedia and quotes
  • Understand how to evaluate digital art for its cultural weight
  • Understand the cultural layers of digital art and art more generally
  • Understand how to share your ideas and research online


  • A storage device such as a flash drive or portable hard drive with at least 8GB of space and a way to back up your files
  • All students will need to have internet access and an email account.
  • Reading materials will be supplied digitally on this website.


This class will combine individual and collaborative work at home with individual and group instruction. Students must come to class prepared to work. Showing up without necessary files is the same as not attending. Although students may also use their home computers to work on projects, this is not a valid reason to not attend class. It will be necessary to work outside of class to complete all assignments. A minimum of  8 hours per week of work outside of class is suggested to get an average grade of a C. Computer failure, network outage, equipment malfunction, and file corruption are not accepted as excuses for late or unfinished work so BACK UP YOUR WORK. Participation in all class discussions makes up an important part of a student’s grade.

Attendance is mandatory. Attending class is the responsibility of the student. Lectures may be given or changed without notice so punctuality is essential. An individual who is absent, late or sleeps during class will be responsible for getting the information missed. Students will be allowed two (2) absences without penalty. Any absence in excess of two will result in a 10% grade reduction of the final grade for the course per absence. All absences will be counted. A student who misses 15 minutes or more of a class (late or leave early) is considered absent. A student who sleeps will be considered absent. A student who will acquire absences due to a University sponsored activities must provide necessary documentation from the appropriate office prior to the absence to make any special arrangements for missed work.

For any absence due to religious beliefs, written notification should be provided in the first two weeks of the quarter; the student is responsible for any missed work. Any special medical or personal problems that occur, where absenteeism will exceed the allowed two, will require verification by a physician or emergency medical association (a letter from Student Affairs merely explains an absence, and will not qualify as an excuse). These situations may require course withdrawal or “Incomplete” status on the final grade. Six absences mandate an automatic grade of “F.” Three late arrivals (less than 15 min.) will equal one absence.

Any student who feels s/he may need an accommodation based on the impact of a disability or medical condition should contact  the Disability Services Program to coordinate reasonable accommodations.  They are located on the 4th floor of Ruffatto Hall; 1999 E. Evans Ave.303.871. / 2372 / 2278/ 7432.  Information is also available on line at http://www.du.edu/disability/dsp; see the Handbook for Students with Disabilities.

CARE Team (Communicate, Assess, Refer, Educate) – When an undergraduate student is involved in a crisis situation, the Pioneers CARE administrator assigns the case to a member of the CARE team (a group of Student Life professionals). The CARE team steps in to connect students with relevant campus resources and outside agencies. Most times, we may need to communicate with the reporting party to help accurately assess the needs of the student. The CARE Team will also outreach to the student to understand his/her situation and develop a plan of action leading towards his/her success. Pioneers CARE 303-871-2400 or email care@du.edu


Grades will consist of the following:

  • Writing Assignments @ 60%
  • Tests @ 25%
  • Participation @ 5%
  • Cultural Events @ 10%

Assignments will be graded on the following basis, listed in order of importance.

  • Analytical research and writing
  • critical assessment and reflection
  • proper attribution, formatting, and grammar
  • Participation in classroom discussions connected to the assignment

Your grade will be calculated according to the following standards:

  • A = Excellent (100-90%)- work pushes far beyond the project stipulations and shows clear evidence of extreme time, dedication, care and thought about the project as evidenced in effective execution of original/thoughtful ideas.
  • B = Good (80-89%)- work exceeds the basic criteria, provides creative solutions to the problems and shows technical proficiency. Student has made the project “theirs” in that they do not need to explain project stipulations before showing the work.
  • C = Average (70-79%)- work fulfills all requirements, does not expand on techniques shown in class, ideas are close derivations of popular culture.
  • D = Unsatisfactory (60-69%)- work might meet basic criteria but in a careless and/or thoughtless way. Technical proficiency is rudimentary and no chances were taken.
  • F = Failure (0-59%)- the work does not meet the basic criteria.

Late projects will be penalized a letter grade for every class period they are late. Turning a project in after the beginning of the critique counts as one class day late.

Graduate Student Requirements

Students taking the course for graduate credit will be required to produce one additional writing assignment involving an Artist Interview and whose requirements are designed in conversation with the instructor. For all assignments they are held to a higher standard, reflecting their graduate status.

Cultural Events

Students are required to attend at least 3 cultural events and write a 1 paragraph response (half descriptive and half reflective) as well as take one photo for each event. The cultural event should be related to Emergent Digital Practices and could include performances, lectures, art shows etc. If you are unsure the event is qualified, please ask the instructor in advance. The responses must be labeled clearly and submitted on Canvas. We will have a number of in class guest lectures and these will not count as cultural events.


Solutions to assignments you submit will be your own work. A student who is discovered to have plagiarized another’s work will immediately receive a grade of F for the course, and a recommendation for disciplinary action will be forwarded to the Dean of Students.

 Blog Posts

Every blog post for the class is required to have the following parts:

  1. Choose one image of the work or related to the work for the thumbnail of the post
  2. Description of the work in your own words
  3. Description of the concepts in your own words
  4. Quote about the work from at least one source beyond the artist’s website
  5. Personal reflection about the cultural importance and ideas of the work
  6. Compare and contrast the work to 2 other artworks, one of which can be by the same artist.
  7. Links to images, audio and/or video of the work (embedded if possible, linked and credited)
  8. A short list of shows/exhibitions/galleries the work has been shown at
  9. A list of all links used as sources and references

When choosing the work for your post, note that it will need to be mentioned in a source beyond the website of the artist. This could mean that you need to research several works before you choose one. As you do research, be sure to copy every link related to the artist and artwork so that you can refer to it and cite it later.

Additional Tips:

  • Use third person
  • Cite your quote sources using this guide: Last, First of Author, (Date of Post) Title of Post (which is also a link to the post itself)
  • All images should have a byline with credit for source and if you click on the image it should take you to the source.
  • No work made before 2000 is allowed on the blog (that is why this is a 21st Century Art resource)
  • When describing the work, imagine your words need to convey the work to someone who cannot see or hear it.

Course Outline

(The following schedule is open to revision at any point in the quarter.)

  • 3/28 – Syllabus, Intros, How To Contribute, What is Digital Art? How to Describe Art?
  • 3/30 – Art Concepts and Research
  • 4/04 – Critical Reflection and Analysis, Comparing and Contrasting, Ray Rinaldi Visit
  • 4/06 – Video and Animation Art, Alan Warburton Vvisit
  • 4/11 – Small Group Presentations
  • 4/13 – Net/Glitch Art, Kelani Nichole Visit
  • 4/18 -Small Group Presentations
  • 4/20 – Bio and Generative Art
  • 4/25 -Small Group Presentations
  • 4/27 – Art Games, Auriea Harvey Vvisit
  • 5/02 -Small Group Presentations
  • 5/04 – Midterm Test, Interactive Spaces, Complex Movements Vvisit
  • 5/09 – Small Group Presentations
  • 5/11 – Sonic Art and Tech Performances, Chino Amobi Vvisit
  • 5/16 -Small Group Presentations
  • 5/18 – Digital -> Physical, possible L.D.B. Visit
  • 5/23 -Small Group Presentations
  • 5/25 – Robotic and VR and ++
  • 5/30 – Small Group Presentations
  • 6/01 – Alfredo Salazar Caro Vvisit
  • 6/06 – Final Test


Class One

Class Website – digiart21.org/

Blog Posting Instructions – Blogging with Squarespace

Class Two

New Media Festivals:

Sedition for sample language… https://www.seditionart.com/


Sample Artworks:

  1. https://vimeo.com/channels/digitalartselection/163615876
  2. https://vimeo.com/channels/digitalartselection/133428328
  3. https://vimeo.com/channels/digitalartselection/90547410
  4. https://vimeo.com/channels/digitalartselection/3885443
  5. https://vimeo.com/channels/digitalartselection/12244413
  6. https://vimeo.com/channels/digitalartselection/65175792

Class Three

Watch “Spectacle, Speculation, Spam” – https://vimeo.com/194963450

Class Four

Video/Animation Artists

  1. Ryan Trecartin
  2. Jacolby Slaterwhite
  3. Jonathan Monaghan
  4. Alan Warburton
  5. Kevin and Jennifer McCoy
  6. Sarah Ludy
  7. Marina Zurkow
  8. Christian Marclay
  9. Pierre Huygue
  10. Paul Pfieffer
  11. AES+F
  12. Takeshi Murata
  13. Frances Stark
  14. Steve Roggenbuck
  15. Mika Rottenberg
  16. Korakrit Arunanondchai
  17. Eija-Liisa Ahtila
  18. Doug Aitken
  19. Marco Brambilla
  20. Isaac Julien
  21. Nathalie Djurberg
  22. Shana Moulton
  23. Coco Fusco
  24. Joshua Mosley
  25. Chris White
  26. Ian Cheng
  27. Jayson Musson aka Hennessy Youngman

 Class Six

  1. Angela Washko
  2. Rosa Menkman
  3. Aaron Koblin
  4. Lauren McCarthy
  5. Rafael Rozendaal
  6. Petra Cortright 
  7. Ryder Ripps
  8. Jon Rafman
  9. Steve Lambert
  10. Michael Mandiberg
  11. Clement Valla
  12. Paolo Cirio
  13. Ingrid Burrington
  14. Lorna Mills
  15. Jennifer Chan
  16. Leslie Kulesh
  17. LaTurbo Avedon
  18. James Bridle
  19. Julian Oliver
  20. Adam Harvey
  21. Hito Steyerl
  22. Simon Denny
  23. Eva and Franco Mattes
  24. Ann Hirsch
  25.  Jeremy Bailey
  26. Jon Satrom
  27. Rick Silva

Class Eight


Bio/Generative Artists

  1. Heather Dewey Hagborg
  2. Paul Vanouse
  3. Amy Youngs
  4. Rich Pell
  5. Stephanie Rothenberg
  6. Beatriz da Costa
  7. Wim Delvoye
  8. Natalie Jereminjenko
  9. Eduardo Kac
  10. Philip Ross
  11. Timothy Weaver
  12. Marta De Menezes
  13. SymbioticA
  14. Casey Reas
  15. Kyle McDonald
  16. field.io
  17. Nervous Systems
  18. Hyphen Labs
  19. Ben Rubin and Mark Hansen
  20. Memo Aitken
  21. Jason Salavon
  22. Charles Sandison
  23. Patricia Reed
  24. Marcin Ignac
  25. Gene Kogan
  26. Sougwen Chung

 Class Ten

  1. Cory Archangel
  2. Paolo Pedercini (Molleindustria)
  3. Heather Kelley (Moboid/Perfect Plum)
  4. Eddo Stern
  5. Tale of Tales
  6. David O’reilly
  7. Jenova Chen
  8. Rafael Fajardo
  9. Mary Flannigan
  10. Feng Mengbo
  11. Ian Bogost
  12. Nina Freeman
  13. Squinky
  14. Anna Anthropy
  15. Porpentine
  16. Anne-Marie Schleiner & Luis Hernandez Galvan
  17. Elizabeth LaPensee
  18. Ryan Green
  19. Zoe Quinn
  20. Tabor Robak
  21. John Gerrard
  22. Lucas Pope
  23. Davey Wreden
  24. A.M. Darke
Class Twelve:
  1. Theo Watson and Emily Gobeille
  2. Golan Levin
  3. Laleh Mehran
  4. Karolina Sobeka
  5. Rafael Lozano-Hemmer
  6. Olafur Eliasson
  7. Random International
  8. SOSO Limited
  9. ART+COM
  10. Philip Beesley
  11. Daito Manabe 
  12. Camille Utterbach
  13. Chris Baker
  14. Marc Lee
  15. Zach Lieberman
  16. Universal Everything
  17. Tim Hawkinson
  18. Semiconductor
  19. Mariko Mori
  20. Ryoichi Kurokawa
  21. Ali Momeni
  22. Ralf Baecker
  23. Jim Cambell
  24. Joanie Lemercier
Class Fourteen:
Sonic and Tech Performance Arts
  1. Tristan Perich
  2. Holly Herndon
  3. NoiseFold
  4. DJ Spooky
  5. Maywa Denki
  6. Laurie Anderson
  7. Janet Cardiff
  8. Zimoun
  9. Robert Henke
  10. Andrea Polli
  11. Emergency Broadcast Network
  12. Liz Phillips
  13. Alva Noto
  14. Rioji Ikeda
  15. R Luke Dubios
  16. Randall Packer
  17. Sputniko
  18. Wafaa Bilal
  19. Miwa Matrayek
  20. Android Jones’
  21. Steve Mann
  22. Stelarc
  24. Novi_sad
Class Sixteen:

Physical/Digital Art

  1. Critical Art Ensemble
  2. Ken Rinaldo
  3. Daniel Rozin
  4. Ingrid Burrington
  5. Rhizomatics
  6. Sabrina Raaf
  7. Chico MacMurtrie
  8. Institute for Applied Autonomy
  9. Jordan Wolfson
  10. Mathew Plummer Fernandez
  11. Marius Watz
  12. Quayola
  13. Addie Wagenknecht’
  14. Mary Franck
  15. Julius von Bismarck
  16. Martin Reiche
  17. ::vtol::
  18. Neri Oxman
  19. Daniel Widrig
  20. Michael Hansmeyer
  21. Morehshin Allahyari
  22. Matt Kenyon
  23. LIA
  24. Alison Burtch

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