Welcome to DIKULT 103 “Digital Genres”, better known as Networked Narratives. Our course will be a journey into the worlds of digital art, video games, and electronic literature, as we seek to understand the transformative magic that may reside in making, composing, writing, and producing art in our digital age.
-How has art and textuality been transformed in a computational environment?
-Do new forms of interactivity (and the creation of new types of agency in digital composition) generate a new form of aesthetic politics?
-What role(s) may digital writing, digital art, and digital games play in the development of new forms of community? How do these cultural forms influence what is possible (or impossible) in society?
This course will always be about the notion of digital alchemy. The theme of alchemy will be our golden thread weaving our way through a special journey this semester. Alchemy is often thought of as the effort to turn something base or worthless into something precious, like gold. But alchemy has also been about breathing life into the inanimate – capturing the secret of the breath of life. Alchemy has sought to capture the source of transformative vitality.
So we will take this understanding of alchemy, and explore it actively in contemporary digital spaces. And we will also strive to be digital alchemists ourselves. In other words, we will be thinking deeply about about digital art and textuality, but we will also be creative, we will make things, we will be storytellers, gamemakers, and artists, and we will spend time in the lab tinkering and breathing life into our own ideas.
This course will be networked. That is to say, it will live on the open web, and your work for the class will be social and public by nature. You will be writing each week and sharing that writing, you will be participating in group activities, public conversations that are archived, creating digital artifacts and sharing them, etc. There will be studio visits with other digital artists and scholars. There will be open participants (educators, friends, makers, etc. who join us in the ongoing #NetNarr activities). We will also be having conversations and sharing reflections with university students from New Jersey in the U.S., and also with university students in Cairo, Eygpt. You will get to know my friends/colleagues – Professor Alan Levine at Kean University, and –Professor Maha Bali at The American University of Cairo. Together we will grow a supportive and dynamic community of thinkers and creators interested in our shared theme of digital alchemy.
Lets have some fun…
Networked Narratives is going to be memorable and lots of fun! The design of this course is intentionally a “connected” one, which means that we will have conversations that continue after our literal class time, and beyond the four walls of this designated classroom. We will reach out to researchers, artists, and scholars in the field of Digital Culture throughout the world through the hashtag #NetNarr. We will discover what connected learning can be in this day in age, due to the affordances of digital networks.
See you soon for our first week of #NetNarr, or as the Norwegians say, …..see you in Week #3!
Looking forward to it,