Electronic Media Studio
Prof. Fabian Winkler, Janna Ahrndt
The Electronic Media Studio is an introductory course dedicated to the exploration
of a range of artistic practices in electronic and computational media. It consists of
technical workshops, creative assignment work and class discussions and critiques. The
course begins with a media-archeological exploration of the moving image, one of the
origins of contemporary new media art. It continues with explorations into the field of
sound and brings together still images and sounds in a section on animation. In the
second half of the semester, we will challenge ideas of traditional "linear"
media with experiments in basic interactivity and learn basic programming techniques in
Processing. The course closes with a documentation of all the works in form of a WWW
This class is an art studio before it is a computer course. Our goal is to make art with
computers, not simply learn how to use computers. Every student in this course should
use it as an opportunity to create experimental works and to place them into a historical
and contemporary cultural context. Assignments in this course are invitations to invent
and experiment. They are also designed as hands-on experiences to explore the
possibilities and pitfalls of electronic and computational media as tools for
Course Number: AD23300
Instructor: Fabian Winkler
Instructor: Janna Ahrndt
Location: FPRD 204 (studio/seminar space) and Pao B179 (computer lab)
Course web site:
- Kusahara, Machiko. "The "Baby Talkie," Domestic Media, and the Japanese Modern." In Media Archeology - Approaches, Applications and Implications edited by Erkki Huhtamo and Jussi Parikka. Berkely, CA: University of California Press, 2011. (.pdf, 5.1MB)
- Russolo, Luigi. The Art of Noise (futurist manifesto, 1913). Translated by Robert Filliou. New York: Something Else Press, 1967.
- Wrightson, Kendall. "An Introduction to Acoustic Ecology." eContact! 5.3 - New Adventures in Sound Art. Montréal: Canadian Electroacoustic Community, 2002
- Collins, Nicolas. "How to Solder/How to Make a Contact Mike: Using Piezo Discs to Pickup Tiny Sounds." in Handmade Electronic Music, 23-36. New York: Routledge, 2006
- Russett, Robert. "Hyperanimation, Digital Images and Virtual Worlds - an interview with James Duesing." Cartoons, The international Journal of Animation 1 (2005): 30-39.
- Thomas, Frank. The Illusion of Life: Disney Animation. "The Principles of Animation." New York: Walt Disney Productions, 1981. pp. 47-69.
- As a compendium to the above text see also: Lodigiani, Cento. "The Illusion of Life" (videorecording), 2014.
- Reas, Casey and Ben Fry.
Processing: A Programming Handbook for Visual Designers and Artists. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press 2014. pp. 1-7.
- Download Zoetrope paper strip template (tabloid format (11x17in), .png, 745KB)
- History of the moving image presentation (.pdf, 19.3MB)
- Building a contact microphone (.pdf, 436KB)
- Audacity workshop and example files (.zip, 9.2MB)
- Blank storyboard (.pdf, 25KB)
- Stop frame animation workshop
- Materials for stop frame workshop (.zip, 460MB)
- Photoshop workshop (.pdf, 9.6MB)
- Source image for Photoshop workshop (.jpg, 1.2MB)
- Introduction to Processing (.pdf, 780KB)
- Processing: images, loops, mouse and keyboard interaction (.zip, 4.9MB)
- Processing: sound, video, offscreen buffer (.zip, 10.6MB)