This course will provide an introduction to coding and creating art for the web. While realizing individual and collaborative projects, the class will also be focused on developing clean coding practices with special attention to new and emerging standards. Through presentations and outside readings and viewings, we will work to cultivate a critical discourse around emerging web art forms. Topics examined will include net.art, electronic literature, and data mapping and visualization.
Emphasis will be placed upon the concept of encoding: how do we encode our selves, our memories, and our responses to the real and virtual spaces that we inhabit? We will consider code as a language through which we translate our ideas into works and begin to develop literacy in the grammars and syntaxes of our networked culture.