Ferociously Interactive Media

AMT 317


Interactive Performance and Media
Jeanette Yew (THR) & Margaret Schedel (MUS)

ARS/MUS/THR 317 is a multi-disciplinary production class that explores the possibilities of interactive media through image, sound and performance. Students will participate in all aspects of audio and video production with the intent of creating finished interactive mixed media installations or performances. Course topics include sound recording and synthesis, sampling, video, lighting, alternative input, MIDI and OSC. This hands-on course stresses small experimental-creative laboratory assignments and culminates in final small-group or individual projects. All editing and postproduction will be done digitally. All production for this course is within a fine arts context, and is graded accordingly. Throughout the semester students will be exposed to video, audio and installation works from a variety of artists. Contemporary video and audio practices will be a key component of the class in both production and critique. Participation in the discussion of these works is required, as is participation in critiques of student works.

Additional hours in the Hybrid Lab, or the Laboratory for Technology in the Arts, are required.A strong background in one of the arts or cinema and cultural studies is suggested.

No prior experience with computers is required although recommended as the scale of information with audio and video applications is enormous and brings with it many trouble-shooting and file management issues across several complex software tools and computer labs. If you do not have this background, you should go to office hours to meet with one of the professors early in the semester for hands-on tutorials to make sure you feel comfortable doing basic things. Students will work on iMACS in the HYBRID SINC site. These systems will be used with various input/output peripherals and several software packages (Photoshop, Logic, Reason, Max/MSP, Processing, Dreamweaver and other Web tools) to create works with images, texts, and sound. Technical materials and essays will be handed out periodically or are available in .pdf form on blackboard where you can also find your grades.

Fine Arts Sinc Site Online Contract form (http://bit.ly/14QXQUV)

Checkout Equipment Lending Policy Online Contract form (http://bit.ly/X33MHU)

No prior experience with computers is required. This course serves as a preparation for further study in digital media arts areas, providing fundamental knowledge of computing systems and an overview of cultural and theoretical issues surrounding this nascent medium.

NOTE: Attendance is required. Any unexcused absence will count against you, potentially above and beyond the percentage of the grade that is under “Participation”. Attendance will be taken at all meetings and is MANDATORY. Your FINAL grade will be dropped ONE LETTER GRADE for every 3 absences. Three late arrivals or early departures will count as one absence. Six absences counts as an automatic failure of the course. We are NOT kidding. Absence from a class is not an excuse for not doing an assignment or project. You are fully responsible for completing the work.

A Excellent work exceeding expectations. Outstanding participation, attendance, and assignments. A student producing work in the top 20 % of his or her class.
B Above average assignments and mastery of tools and concepts, participation and attendance.
C Average execution of assignments, participation and attendance.
D Well below average work, participation and attendance.
F U nsatisfactory work, participation and attendance.

We are aware of the difficulty of juggling the tasks of learning complex software and dealing with content. Therefore, the work called “Assignments” are “Lite”. That is, unless you do something manifestly unartistic or derivative, grades will be assigned more on technical merit — is it finished, does it work — than on content. However, for the “Projects,” grading is based on conceptual and aesthetic merit as well as technical execution and effort (as in any arts course). 

Assignments, Written & Technical 30 %
Projects 40 %
Final Project 20 %
 Presentations and Participation 10 %

Grading is based on conceptual and aesthetic merit as well as technical execution and effort (as in any arts course). Late assignments will be downgraded 5 points for each day they are late (this means if an assignment is due at 2:30, an assignment which is handed in at 2:31 is considered 1 day late)

Required Text:
Multi-Media: Video-Installation-Performance by Nick Kaye. Routledge. ISBN: 978-0-415-28381-6

Lab Access:
The HYBRID  SINC site is accessible extended hours with your ID. The security system records entrances and exits and you are responsible for the equipment while you are present. DO NOT give out your ID to anyone or you will lose your access.

Equipment Checkout:
You can check out equipment to assist the production of your projects. Following all rules on the lending forms you sign.

You will be given storage space on our networked server the EMEDIAVAULT as well as your own NETID space. You may want to purchase a USB key/jumpdrive, CD-RWs, CD-Rs, DVD-Rs, or some kind of external hard drive for extra backup and storage. These can be purchased at any computer store. You may want to process photographs, buy audiotape (cassette or DAT), or videotape (VHS, MiniDV) and other materials appropriate to your project as well.

Course Website:

In addition to this syllabus, the site includes an updated schedule, and links to information about current exhibitions and events, technical resources on the Web, and artists.


Statement on Academic Dishonesty
Each student must pursue his or her academic goals honestly and be personally accountable for all submitted work. Representing another person’s work (in this class this also means using another’s images, sounds, or texts) as your own is always wrong. Any suspected instance of academic dishonesty will be reported to the Academic Judiciary. For more comprehensive information on academic integrity, including categories of academic dishonesty, please refer to the academic judiciary website at http://www.stonybrook.edu/uaa/academicjudiciary/

If you incorporate any words/images/sounds and ideas into your own work, it is of the utmost importance that you give credit where it is due. Plagiarism, intentional or unintentional, is considered academic dishonesty and all instances will be reported to the Academic Judiciary. To avoid plagiarism, you must give the original author credit whenever you use another person’s ideas, opinions, drawings, or theories as well as any facts or any other pieces of information that are not common knowledge. Additionally quotations of another person’s actual spoken or written words; or a close paraphrasing of another person’s spoken or written words must also be referenced. Accurately citing all sources and putting direct quotations – of even a few key words – in quotation marks are required. THE BEST POLICY IS TO CREATE YOUR OWN MATERIALS AND ASK IF YOU THINK YOUR USE OF ANOTHERS MATERIAL MIGHT BE OK WHILE BEING SURE TO GIVE CREDIT.

Americans with Disabilities Act:
If you have a physical, psychological, medical or learning disability that may impact your course work, please contact Disability Support Services, ECC(Educational Communications Center) Building, Room 128,(631)632-6748. They will determine with you what accommodations, if any, are necessary and appropriate. All information and documentation is confidential.


Academic Integrity:
Each student must pursue his or her academic goals honestly and be personally accountable for all submitted work. Representing another person’s work as your own is always wrong. Faculty is required to report any suspected instances of academic dishonesty to the Academic Judiciary. Faculty in the Health Sciences Center (School of Health Technology & Management, Nursing, Social Welfare, Dental Medicine) and School of Medicine are required to follow their school-specific procedures. For more comprehensive information on academic integrity, including categories of academic dishonesty please refer to the academic judiciary website at


Critical Incident Management: 
Stony Brook University expects students to respect the rights, privileges, and property of other people. Faculty are required to report to the Office of University Community Standards any disruptive behavior that interrupts their ability to teach, compromises the safety of the learning environment, orinhibits students’ ability to learn. Faculty in the HSC Schools and the School of Medicine are required to follow their school-specific procedures. Further information about most academic matters can be found in the Undergraduate Bulletin, the Undergraduate Class Schedule, and the Faculty-Employee Handbook.