DAC Conceptual Elective– Dada to Web. Spring 2015.

Don’t miss this DAC conceptual elective credit in its new course number for this Spring 2015, taught by the incomparable Professor Lane Hall!

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ENGLISH-515: Literature and the Other Arts: From Dada to Web

Professor Lane Hall

TR 9:30-10:45 CRT 108

Course Description
This course will explore experimental forms of the poetic document, aesthetics, art and literature in the 20th and 21st centuries. We will explore historical and contemporary literary and artistic movements (especially DADA, Surrealism, Oulipo and Fluxus) and will experiment with various collaborative, randomizing and “found” processes for generating content in order to better understand the method these movements deployed.  We will analyze prose, manifestos, poetry, visual layout, image/text relationships, the moving image and relational networks.

DAC elective Film Studies Winterim courses

This WINTERIM online course counts as a HUM GER.

Film Studies 212: US Independent Film ONLINE HUMANITIES GER

Instructor: Dr. Benjamin Schneider

Course Description:  When the Sundance Film Festival screened Steven Soderbergh’s independently produced film, sex, lies, and videotape (1989), seemingly overnight, an independent film renaissance began.  In the course, we will look at the films that Sundance inspired after sex, lies and videotape in an attempt to trace the development of this “alternative” to Hollywood.  For our readings, we will look to individual accounts of the “indie” film scene and to critical reflections on that seminal time in US film history.

Course texts: There are no text books to purchase for this course. Our readings will be on ereserve of available as pdf’s on the course D2L site.

Assignments: A majority of the work in this class will be in discussion groups on the course site. There will be 2 short essays throughout the winter session.

Questions?: Please contact Benjamin Schneider at terrapin[at]uwm.edu

This WINTERIM online course counts as a HUM GER.

English/Film Stuides 111: Entertainment Arts—Film, Television and New Media

Instructor: Professor Gilberto M. Blasini, gblasini[at]uwm.edu

Course Description: Entertainment Arts 111 offers a general introduction to the critical study of film, television, and new media. While examining each technology individually we will also work in a state of persistent comparison, endeavoring to comprehend media culture as a larger phenomenon. There are no prerequisites for this course and you are therefore not expected to have any prior knowledge of media studies. We will begin with the premise that film, television, and new media offer much more than “entertainment” and, accordingly, studying these forms is a serious undertaking requiring rigor and
diligence.

Reading Materials: There are no textbooks or readers to be purchased for this course. All required readings are available in PDF format at our course’s D2L site.

Social Media / Community Engagement Interns Wanted

371 Productions is seeking 1-2 Fall social media and community engagement interns. This internship is for you if you are a very good writer; easy and confident communicating with people; possess purpose, humor and wit; adept with Facebook, Twitter, HootSuite and Wordpress; and feel motivated by social and cultural issues.

371 produces independent media productions and community engagement campaigns that promote our common good.

We are in production on a feature documentary about small Jewish communities across America dealing with their imminent extinction; an Al Jazeera America Fault Lines investigative half-hour show about the controversial mine proposed for Northern Wisconsin; one-hour episode of a 6-part series for Al Jazeera America about Americans working minimum wage jobs; and a local public radio series about young victims of gun violence.

Our social media / community engagement interns will write and share information, pictures, stories and video on all platforms, and organize screenings and events for these projects as well as our last film, As Goes Janesville.

There may be an opportunity to join the production team in the field, but that is not the primary focus of this opportunity. This position offers the opportunity for university credit if your institution allows and a small stipend.

Job Requirements
• Must be based in Milwaukee, WI
• Must be a Junior or Senior
• Best to own or have access to Mac computers (but not necessary)
• Available at least 2-3 days per week for office hours (at least 12 hrs a week)
• Flexible schedule
• Ability to meet deadlines
• Must attend staff meetings
• Must be a very proficient, engaging writer
• Must be proficient in using Facebook, Twitter, Hootsuite and WordPress. Coding
experience is a plus.
• OSX, Microsoft Office, Google Docs and common computer program proficiency
• Most important: must be mature, organized, and good communicator

Preferred skills
• Independent worker
• Production experience a plus
• Final Cut and familiarity with productivity applications a plus
• Ability to navigate the internet for quality research

To learn about us, visit http://371productions.com and http://asgoesjanesville.com
If interested in an internship, please send a resume to Paul at paul@371productions.com or call (414) 217-6598 with questions.

English 383: Horror Cinema, 1960 – 1985

For DAC conceptual elective credit:

Fall 2013—Mondays & Wednesdays 4:30 – 7:00 PM

Professor Gilberto M. Blasini (gblasini@uwm.edu)

The Exorcist—William Friedkin, 1973

The Exorcist—William Friedkin, 1973

The course surveys the gradual transformation of horror films—mostly but not exclusively in the U.S.—from exploitation/B-movie status to a popularly and critically praised genre during the 25-year period between 1960 and 1985. A partial list of the filmmakers includes:

Dario Argento (Italy)
Lamberto Bava (Italy)
John Carpenter (USA)
Bob Clark (Canada)
Wes Craven (USA)
David Cronenberg (Canada)
Brian de Palma (USA)
Alfred Hitchcock (USA)
Tobe Hooper (USA)
Michael Powell (UK)
Geroge A. Romero (USA)
Paul Verhoeven (Netherlands)

This course counts as Advanced Upper Division electives in Film Studies and English (Track E—Literature, Culture and Media), and as a conceptual course for the Digital Arts and Culture (DAC) Certificate.

For more information on the L&S Film Studies program, visit http://www4.uwm.edu/letsci/filmstudies/

ART 309: Remix and Public Art

A Course for DAC Conceptual Elective Credit

ART 309/509:

REMIX and Public Art
PSOA Department of Art and Design

[Summer Session II: June 24 – August 17, 2013]

This fully online course will explore the possibilities of creative expression in “remix art” by examining the rich history of this tradition as well as implementing some of its strategies within a digital context (e.g., image/text collage, video remix, social media storytelling). While remix from Dada to contemporary “street art” ranges from homage to critique, at its core is the desire to share knowledge with a community of related interests. This course will focus especially on the public and collaborative nature of remix as well as its unique possibilities for social intervention. You do not need a background in art, remix, or media making software to take and be successful in this class.

The course will be taught in a fully online format, which uses solely computer based learning through the course website on Desire2Learn (D2L). No expensive software need be purchased for the class, as we will be using open source software.

For additional information, contact: Shelleen Greene
Department of Art and Design

greenes@uwm.edu

414-229-4200 

Wikiproject Brings Another Blue Ribbon for Interdisciplinary Student Research

For the second year in a row, a student in the Digital Arts and Culture program has taken home the top award at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (UWM) Undergraduate Research Symposium. On April 19, 2013, Gabrielle (Gabi) DuCharme received first place–the blue ribbon–for best poster presentation from among a total of 235 student presenters and more than 150 presentations.

Marc Tasman and Gabrielle DuCharme at the Undergraduate Research Symposium on April 19, 2013.

Gabi presented her research and her work with Wikiproject Public Art Milwaukee, a project initiated by Jennifer Geigel Mikulay, Assistant Professor of Communication and Technology at Alverno College, with support from the Milwaukee Arts Board. Marc Tasman, Senior Lecturer in Journalism, Advertising, and Media Studies (JAMS), was a mentor for the undergraduate research and a collaborator on the project. Staff from the UWM Libraries also assisted the research team.

Wikiproject Public Art Milwaukee documents local outdoor sculpture and produces images to illustrate articles on Wikipedia. As research assistant, Gabi prepared and supplied images with proper licensing to support an effective display in the encyclopedia. In addition, a goal of the research is to raise awareness about the project and bring attention to public art both at local neighborhood sites and within the context of Wikipedia.

Gabi was introduced to the project through a collaboration in the Photojournalism course taught by Tasman in Spring 2012. Mikulay came to the UWM JAMS course as a visiting researcher to talk about the open nature of the project and how the class (or anyone, for that matter) could contribute by producing images licensed using Creative Commons. The class contributed by searching campus and documenting UWM’s public sculpture. Later in the semester, students took a field trip to Lynden Sculpture Garden and documented its works, learning a great deal by navigating the ethical and legal issues of intellectual property.

Gabi’s significant contribution over the following academic year, through UWM’s Office of Undergraduate Research, was the comprehensive treatment of the catalog of local public art collections at both UWM and the Lynden Sculpture Garden, a non-profit organization that is open to the public and displays more than 50 monumental sculptures.

Gabi will graduate from UWM in May 2013 with a BA in Journalism, Advertising, and Media Studies and a certificate in Digital Arts and Culture. Mikulay and Tasman plan to continue their collaboration and work with undergraduate researchers. With the aim of encouraging the creation of accurate, informative and up-to-date articles about public art in Milwaukee, they hope to make clear that a good first step for caring for an artwork can be the process of examination, research and documentation that’s required for the creation of an engaging Wikipedia article. Gabi’s work on this project, through the generous support of UWM’s Office of Undergraduate Research, improves the representation of visual arts in Wikipedia and raises awareness about public art’s existence, meaning and context within the Milwaukee community.

In 2012, Garrett Katerzynske, then pursuing the DAC certificate, majoring in Film and minoring in Journalism, Advertising and Media Studies, won a blue ribbon at the Undergraduate Research Symposium for his work with Bruce Charlesworth, Associate Professor of Film.

The 2013 awardees are as follows:

Best Oral Presentation: From the College of Letters and Science, Angela Jones, mentored by Enrique Figueroa, for presenting “Normative and Structural Causes of the Black and White Wealth Divide.”

Third Place Poster: From the Zilber School of Public Health, Moua Vang and Wa Vang, mentored by Todd Miller, for presenting “Water Quality Database Development and Forecast Modeling at Bradford Beach.”

Second Place Poster: From the College of Letters and Science, Danielle DeMorrow and Mark Nebel, mentored by Jennifer Gutzman, for presenting “Regulation of Brain Morphogenesis by Differential Gene Expression in the Midbrain-hindbrain Boundary.”

First Place Poster: From the College of Letters and Science, Gabrielle DuCharme, mentored by Marc Tasman, for presenting “Wikiproject Public Art Milwaukee.”

Digital Arts and Culture is an interdisciplinary certificate program combining courses in the areas of arts, humanities, social sciences, and information studies and a networked community of students, artists, scholars, and practitioners, imagining the future by studying and shaping emerging forms. For more information about the program, see dac.uwm.edu. For more information about the Office of Undergraduate Research at UWM, see our.uwm.edu.