Virtual Class Discussion: Stelarc

This is a requirement for the course. It will affect your final grade if you don’t follow the instructions. Please do so.

1. Watch the clip below. It is a short newsmagazine style piece on Stelarc, the Australian performance artist, as he puts together an installation of his work in Paris (he curses occasionally, so beware). His work deals with modifications of the body as art. I first became aware of his art when I saw one of his body suspensions in the mid-1980s (he hung himself from hooks secured through his flesh – there is a brief video projection of this performance in the gallery at the end of the clip) and it disturbed me but also seemed quite interesting on a formal and conceptual level. Please watch the entire clip – it’s about 14 minutes, then answer the following questions in a comment below.

2. What are the implications of his work in relation to our ideas about the body (and modifications to it)? How does it make you feel? How does it relate to digital culture?

3. Wait a while after posting your response and then comment on two responses by your fellow students.

4. You have 24 hours (until 6 PM Thursday May 22, 2014) to finish your three posts: your comment in response to the clip and your two responses to your fellow students’s comments.

Here’s the clip:

Good luck.



Final Virtual Class Discussion Alert

Just a reminder that there will be a virtual class discussion during finals week. You will have to post comments in response to a video and a short text that I will post on this blog. I’ll remind you during class this coming week. But I just wanted to be sure that you all remembered that this is a requirement of the class.

Also, most of you owe me a short paper – 2-3 paragraphs – responding to your favorite evocative object. Style your short response on the various chapters in Turkle’s book. Some have already done this. Thanks to those folks. Other folks, get a move on.

Final Project Proposal

Please post a 3 to 5 sentence project proposal as a comment to this post below. Be sure to include: a topic that will be the focus of your project, the form your project will take (game, video, ice sculpture), and a narrative of how to you plan to address your topic through the project (as a story, or documentary, or game, or philosophical treatise). If you are working with a partner, then be sure to include their name(s) on the proposal and explain the division of labor (remember your reading of Adam Smith in seminar). Also, come up with a provisional title for your project.

2/26: Convergent Media/Constructionism

Please post a question on the readings as a comment below. You can ask a question related to either the Digital Media Handbook or the Resnick book. Most of the class discussion will probably focus on Resnick. Also come prepared to discuss Frankenstein in its many incarnations (most recently with Aaron Eckhart as the monster).

Here are some pics of Frankenstein in comic book form by the amazing Mike Kaluta. Click the pic to get a larger version for reading and viewing.


And here’s a link to the entire comic:

Group Book Presentation Schedule

2/26: Christine, Jocelyn – Frankenstein

3/5: Kelsey, Alex – Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom

3/12: Araceli, Sonia, Robby – Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?

3/26: Audrey, Alyssa, Hayley – A Clockwork Orange

4/2: Michelle, Si – Regeneration

4/9: Jared, Joey – White Noise

4/23: Brea, Taylor – The City and the City

4/30: Andrew, Ivan – Bloodchild

Since no one selected H. P. Lovecraft’s Shadow Out of Time, I’ll toss up an image from his work (in plushy form).

Cthulhu Medium - Large