ISSUES in Intermedia

Instructor: Dan Collins
Course numbers: ARA 330 (SLN# 21733).
Class meetings: Wed. 6:00-8:45 pm Spring 2017 Location: Twr A 202 Credits: 3 hours
Office: Stauffer Hall and Tower A 105
Office Hours: T/Th 10:30 – 11:30, Stauffer Hall 125, and by appointment.

Intermedia Area / School of Art / Arizona State University

Course Objectives
--Present a survey of recent theory and practice in "Intermedia" art.
--Broaden students understanding of non-traditional media, performance, installation, computer art, video, social practice, webart, interactivity, etc. and their relationship to contemporary society and discourse.
--Provide a common historical and theoretical framework for students majoring in the Intermedia area.

Learning Outcomes
--understand the historical context, major artworks, artists, supporting documents, and literature of “intermedia” practice.
--produce original research based on required and related readings and in-class discussion.
--gain confidence in discussing the key issues concerning intermedia practice in ways that are both articulate and persuasive.
--develop a set of research methodologies and approaches to critical discourse that will serve them in other areas of research.

This course is designed as a critical survey of recent theory and practice in "Intermedia" art. Created specifically to provide a common historical and theoretical framework for students majoring in the Intermedia area, the course will also be of interest to anyone seeking to broaden their understanding of non-traditional media, performance, installation, computer art, video, social practice, webart, interactivity, etc. and their relationship to contemporary society and discourse.

You needn’t purchase any books. Nevertheless, we will be doing lots of reading, surfing, info gathering, sharing of favorite texts, images, videos, etc. Weekly readings from online sources will be provided.

Course Requirements
During the semester, each student will produce two short essays (3- 5 pages), oral presentations, or projects (with instructor's approval) that address issues and/or artists discussed in class or that respond to current exhibitions or symposia. In addition, a final research paper (10 pages min.) and/or equivalent project will focus upon a "question"-- philosophical, aesthetic, political, etc.-- formulated by the student during the course of the semester. This question should clearly target some particular aspect of 20th/21st century art for the purposes of in-depth analysis. Preferably, this analysis would have some bearing on the student's creative work. Final questions are due at the latest by March 7th and must be approved by the instructor.

Additionally, using the Discussion Board feature in Blackboard, you are required to submit three leading questions based on the reading each week. Also, you are to comment on at least three of your colleagues' questions. In other words, you will make a minimum of six postings to the Discussion Board each week--at least 3 of your own original questions and 3 comments.They will be reviewed/recorded weekly by Collins (don’t fall behind) and provide the basis for in-class discussion.


Your grade will be determined as follows: Class participation (reading, discussion, attendance, questions) 20%; Questions on readings 10%; 2 short essays or projects 30%; Final paper or project 40%. Attendance is critical as we meet only once a week. You must speak with me or leave a message on my machine if you can't attend for good reason. No unexcused absences will be accepted.

Dates to remember

Spring 2017


January 11 (Wednesday) First meeting
Feb. 15 Proposals for First Paper/Project Due
March 1 First paper/project due
March 6 - 10 Spring Break
March 15 Proposals for Second Paper/Project AND Final Paper Due
April 5 Second paper/project due
April 26 Last Class Meeting
May 3 Final Papers/Projects due. 4:50 - 6:40 PM (or until finished) in Tower A 202

Note: In order to receive the most from this class, it is imperative that you keep up with the reading. Much of the literature is rather dense and slow going. It is hoped that the spirit and the letter of the texts will become clear to you through a combination of careful study on your own and open discussion in class (this means reading with a dictionary by your side and taking notes--asking questions!--as you go.)

Attendance Policy
As we meet only once a week, 2 unexcused absences = one letter grade drop from overall final grade. 3 partial attendance (late arrivals and/or early class departures) = 1 absence. Any additional excused absences MUST be accompanied by a note from doctors, student services, or other evidence that demonstrates the need to miss additional classes. Every effort will be made to accommodate extenuating circumstances when necessary.

Students required to miss classes due to university sanctioned activities will not be counted absent. However, absence from class or examinations due to university-sanctioned activities does not relieve students from responsibility for any part of the course work required during the period of the absence. Students should inform the instructor early in the semester of upcoming absences. Reasonable accommodation to make up missed exams or other required assignments will be made. Consult the instructor BEFORE the absence to arrange for this accommodation.

Students may be excused for the observance of religious holidays. Students should notify the instructor at the beginning of the semester about the need to be absent from class due to religious observances. Students will be responsible for materials covered during their absence and should consult with the instructor to arrange reasonable accommodation for missed exams or other required assignments.

Seminar Room
This is a shared classroom, so it is important that you clean up after yourself. It is also expected that you will act in a safe manor. Unsafe or destructive behavior will not be tolerated, and may result in expulsion from the class. A complete list of safety policies and procedures can be found at:

Disabilities: Rights and Responsibilities of Students
If a student desires accommodation for a disability, he or she must be registered with the Disability Resource Center (DRC) and submit the appropriate documentation from the DRC to the instructor. To request academic accommodations due to a disability, please contact the ASU Disability Resource Center – Phone: (480) 965-1234. This should be done in a timely manner because accommodations cannot be made retroactively.

Student Code of Conduct and Student Disciplinary Procedures
The ABOR Student Code of Conduct is designed to promote and protect an environment that encourages reasoned discourse, intellectual honesty, openness to constructive change and respect for the rights of all individuals. In keeping with this mission, the Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities staff seeks to balance the rights and needs of the individual with responsibility of the individual to meet the needs of the community. In addition, it reviews allegations of student misconduct, determines whether a violation has occurred and if applicable, imposes appropriate sanctions. Students are expected to adhere to the ABOR Student Code of Conduct. See ithere:

Self -discipline and a respect for the rights of others in the classroom or studio and university community are necessary for a conducive learning and teaching environment. Threatening or violent behavior will result in the administrative withdrawal of the student from the class. Disruptive behavior may result in the removal of the student from the class.See Student Rights and Responsibilities:

ASU’s Academic Integrity Policy
The highest standard of academic integrity is expected of all students. The failure of any student to meet these standards may result in suspension or expulsion from the university and/or other sanctions as specified in the academic integrity policies of the individual colleges. Violations of academic integrity include, but are not limited to, cheating, fabrication, tampering, plagiarism, or facilitating such activities. The university and college academic integrity policies are available online at:

All use of non-original materials is discouraged. However, if non-original material is used, you are responsible for the proper citation and legal usage of the resource. Violations are punishable by assignment failure, class failure (E), or failure due to academic dishonesty (XE) depending on the severity of the infraction.Your instructor will sanction any incidents of academic dishonesty in the course using University and HIDA guidelines. Should you have any question about whether or not something falls subject to this clause, feel free to contact your instructor or review the university policy on academic integrity at the above link.

The Computer, Internet and Electronic Communications Policy

Potentially Offensive Course Material
Some course content may be deemed offensive. Reasonable advance warning will be made of potentially offensive material by the instructor; it is the student’s responsibility to remove him/herself from the class during those classes/lectures/field trips in which potentially offensive content is shared. Generally, there will be nothing that exceeds the standards of any PG13 movie; however, there are instances in our discussions focused on performance and body art that involve nudity, bodily fluids, and behavior that in certain societies would be considered taboo.

Intellectual Property Rights
The course content, including lectures and other handouts, is copyrighted material. Students may not record lectures or sell notes taken during the course.

The information in this syllabus, other than grade and absence policies, may be subject to change with reasonable advance notice.