Project 4: Networked Performance & Games IRL


You will be creating either a performance art project that involves the internet as a way to gather material for performance, and as a way to distribute your performance OR creating a game using digital tools that takes place in real life.

Both of these methods contain the possibility of subverting/intervening with our relationships with networked communication (think social media like Facebook, Tumblr, Twitter, Instagram, Reddit, etc…) and/or the way that people communicate in real life through the implementation of rules.

Games and software (social media, apps, operating systems, etc…) both use methods to mediate communication through a set of rules-  the prescribed ways that you are/are not allowed to interact with people/software through mediated communication. For example, texting has changed the way that we have conversations- we communicate in short sentences, using abbreviations for words and common phrases, and limit our vocabulary to only expressing what is necessary.


A large part of this project is figuring out how you will document your work. Using video or still photos, screen captures and other means is just as important as making the work. I will work with each of you to help you come up with a plan for documentation.

Remember, the STAR Lab on the second floor of the Johnson Center has photo and video equipment that you can check out. If you are using video, USE A TRIPOD.


Online/In Real Life Interactions

Lee Walton- Wappenings

kanarinka- Evacuating Boston


Interventions in Social Media

Joseph Delappe-

Steve Kardynal-

Performance Art and Rules



Use social/communication media in a way that is not expected. Think about how/why you use a particular medium, and use it in a different way. This could be sending a letter via snail mail to ask your friend what they are doing tonight, posting photos of a blank wall with #nofilter tags to Instagram…Come to class prepared to talk about your experiment.
Read the chapter “What My Friends Are Doing on F’book” (on Blackboard in the Content folder) and post a 200 word response to your blog. Come to class with 2 ideas for this project, and be ready for discussion.


Bring an a proposal to class for one-on-one meetings with the instructor. If you will not be in class, you still must post your project idea/prep work on your blog.


Project due. Post a statement to your blog and any appropriate documentation to your blog by the beginning of class.

Mapping and Psychogeography


Abstraction (noun)-
1. the act of obtaining or removing something from a source : the act of abstracting something.
2. a general idea or quality rather than an actual person, object, or event
3. an abstract idea or quality
Data set (noun)-
1. a collection of data
Map (noun)
1. a representation, usually on a flat surface, as of the features of an area of the earth or a portion of the heavens, showing them in their respective forms, sizes, and relationships according to some convention of representation.
2. a maplike delineation, representation, or reflection of anything: The old man’s face is a map of time.
Psychogeography- 1. the study of the precise laws and specific effects of the geographical environment, consciously organized or not, on the emotions and behavior of individuals (from Guy Debord).
Space (noun)– the dimensions of height, depth, and width within which all things exist and move.


Technically- For this project, you will be creating a map using Illustrator or Inkscape (a free program for Macs and PCs) to create a map that explores an emotional connection to a space. You will need to have at least 10 points of information, as well as a key for your map. You will be printing 3 copies of these maps and folding them using any means/methods you wish to present in class. Printing can be completed at the SoA, Fedex, or other printers.

Conceptually- A map could be considered an abstraction of space. Typically, we think of maps as being somehow objective. You will see in class and through our readings that maps are actually quite subjective. Pulling inspiration from psychogeography, you will be creating a map made from one of the data set subject areas (see Step 1: Brainstorming) of your choosing.


L@@K– Browse this festival website and check out some projects!
Graham Coreill-Allen – The Arcade Parade and New Public Sites
An Atlas of Radical Cartography – A whole book, readable online, about mapping.
The City Formerly Known As Cambridge

This American Life (Audio)- Mapping (Denis Wood segment) A transcript of this segment can be found here.

Believer- Interview with Denis Wood


illustrator-introduction3 (why use Illustrator?)

psychogeography-2 (student work samples and other examples)

Step One: Brainstorming (Due March 19th)

DUE: Brainstorm 3 different data sets and post them to your blog with a 1-2 sentance description for each.

MORE: Brainstorm three possible data sets that you might be interested in using for this project. You do not need to know how they will be represented in your final project, just think about something that might be interesting.With data sets, it is usually good to narrow down your variables (time period/geographic area/subject matter/anything else) and focus on one variable, whatever that may be.

Data set subject areas:

Your data sets should fit under one of these subject areas. If you have an idea, but are not sure if it fits, just email me:

  • An experience/personal data set (examples: personal space, a derive, the weather around your body, etc…)
  • A product data set- (where a product is made, and how it gets to the consumer- here’s a good place to start-
  • A documentary data set- Think of this as a way of documenting a set of data that may not otherwise get documented and presented in this way. (examples: activity in a very small area of sidewalk from 11:59am-12pm every day for a week, the power stations in the US that burn trash for electricity and are considered “renewable”, the movement of workers through a workplace, observations of pedestrian movement in a space, the immigration patterns of a group of people to a place, mapping a day in the life of a strange, the flight of a piece of space junk, etc…)

Step Two: The Data Set (Due March 24th)

Still not worrying about what your final product will look like too much, collect the the data using the Data Set subject areas above in Step 1. Post the data you have collected to your blog by the beginning of class. We will be working out ideas for plotting your data on a map in class. Remember, for this assignment, you need to make this map interactive. We will talk about planning possibilities in class.

In additon, read and post a 200 word reaction to the following:

Step Three: Map It (Due March 26th)

DUE: Have a rough draft of your map. This can be a pencil drawing, sketches in Illustrator, etc… You have to take the time to make a sketch and actually think it through in order for feedback in class to be helpful. Be prepared to change your approach based on feedback in class.

MORE: Because part of making a map is design, you will be required to make sure that your map is easily understandable, contains only the information that is most important to your idea, and that it uses ideas of composition that we have discussed thus far in the semester.

ALSO DUE: Choose a map from the links above, upload an image of the map and 200 words about the following:

What information is this map presenting?

What do you notice about the composition?

What idea is the map representing? Is it political, social, cultural, funny, etc…?

Step Four: Design The Map In Illustrator (Peer review due March 31st)

With all 10 points plotted in Illustrator, you will present a very close to finished project on screen for peer reviews in class. If you do not have much finished on your project, this will not be a very productive day for you. If you do, getting advice from peers will greatly improve the final product.

Step Five: Revisions (Project Due date: April 7th)

Revise your map using feedback from your peer reviews. Print 3 copies of your map for class and critique. Remember, creative folding is a great way to add to the conceptual notions of your map.

Digging Deep in the Pockets of the Internet


You will get more information about the first project later this week. It will be a large montage that you will piece together using either Photoshop or Gimp software. In preparation for this project, you will need to gather around 25-50 high resolution source images, organized by at least 5 topic/content areas of your choosing. You will not be required to use all of these images for your project.


Tuesday, February 3rd, blog posts by 8am.

What’s due:

  1. Image Research– Post one image from each category/topic you chose and post it to your blog. Bring all of your images to class, we will be discussing them, and you will begin work on your projects.
  2. Chapters 8+9: Photoshop (Freeware: the first 2 Gimp exercises)


  • This assignment’s technical requirements mean that you have to use the highest quality images you can find.
  • The content of this assignment will be based on the images you pull online. Challenge yourself in your searches- and if you can’t find an image of something you want to use, consider how you can make an images from other images.
  • The concept of this assignment is Looking/Seeing…whatever that may imply for you. (more details next week)

Welcome to AVT 180!

This website will be your primary source for getting information about our class this semester. Please take some time to review the syllabus, Visual Voices schedule, project statement and critique pages on this website.

We will be going over the syllabus on the first day of class. Please feel free to email me with any questions at I can usually get back to students in a few hours.



You will be using a blog to post assignments, reactions to readings and other assignments throughout the semester.

1. Set up a blog at, and email your blog’s address to You can use the tutorials at to help get you started.

Add a link in the sidebar using widgets to your blog ( and a link to the online textbook (see step #2).

Please make sure you are familiar with the following terms for class next week:






We will also be discussing these in class on Thursday.

2. We will be using the online textbook Digital Foundations by xtine burrough and Michael Mandiberg throughout the semester. All tutorials and chapters can be found at Please complete or read through Chapters 1 + 2 (or Firefox Searching + Inkscape The Metaphor…) and post images of your completed tutorials on your blog. If you need access to a computer lab, there is a lab on the second floor of the Visual Arts building. Information about lab hours is on the syllabus page.