This week marks our last in class meeting for the 2019 version of Networked Narratives at Kean University, and students are speeding towards the finish line with their end of semester projects.
As NetNarr moves towards the upcoming exhibition of the Field Guide project, this week we participate in a special event, an art exhibit by one of our own classmates.
This week is an in-class working session completely devoted to work on the Field Guide project.
Students will be finalizing the scope of their project, giving and receiving feedback, researching sources, and engaging with their digital alchemist mentors. Use the time for one on one consulting with your instructors.
Our focus for the last segment of #netnarr is on researching and writing a portion of what will become the Digital Alchemist Field Guide – our contribution of light in the darkness of the 2019 internet.
Conceived as means to send video-like content over extremely limited bandwidth of the late 1908s internet, the Animated GIF (Graphics Interchange Format) has evolved from tiny pixelated cartoonish media to evocative art at the same time becoming a primary way to extend the virality in social media of memes to ones that move.
Last week we looked at memes – their use and the potential they present for digital alchemy. But can we consider them a kind of art?
This week we will look more deeply at the notion of digital art. And we will consider the way open digital networks might add something extra to the production of digital art.
In the first six weeks of #netnarr we’ve talked about a lot of dark topics regarding the state of the internet. Darkness remains.
And not that we are suggesting it can change anything, but we turn now to something that most past participants have enjoyed: the meme.
Fake vs Real. Truth vs Lie. We make them out to be much more binary then they are, especially on the internet of 2019. And simple checklists once used for determining credibility of online sources are rather inadequate.
We hope in this week to help you see that the darkness of the internet is not a game. This week we look deeper into the darkness and especially the means by which we are tracked.
What does it mean to settle into a class that is not limited to the people in the room?
This week we continue the “move in” process with our digital alchemy tools and networked course. And we continue to ask questions about the need to worry about a forecast climate of internet darkness.
Mia Zamora and Alan Levine are starting the third year of the Networked Narratives open course, based at Kean University but open to all. We are impressed that you were brave enough to click a link here.
It is just a rumor, but there are sounds of tinkering and occasional explosions in the #netnarr laboratory. Does this mean Arganee is active?
Most likely yes, and there will be a new round of an open course, in perhaps a new dimension starting in mid January. 2019.