FVIM-331-S001-2015: Experimental Practices

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FVIM 331: Experimental Practices Online

== READ ME FIRST! ==

Spring 2014 student studios PEER GROUPS

Hi everyone, here are your peer groups for the term. You can Skype, meet in person (if you are in Vancouver) but certainly you will be commenting on each others progress each week.


Group A Group B Group C Group D
Luke Pellizzari (2015) Luke Pellizzari 400
Steve Schmidt (2015)
Alyx Gunderson (2015)
Jennifer Worms (2015)
Braden Scheck (2015)
Maria Duque Callejas (2015)
Gio Swaby (2015)
Alexander Ross (2015)
Yafei Qi (2015)
Tina Lantian Chen(2015)
Soraya Shri-Pathman (2015)
Sarah Worden (2015)
Alonso Benavente Fortes (2015)
Fernanda Gutierrez (2015)
John Deveaux (2015)


Studio pages:


Dear Experimental Practices students,
welcome to your term. This is an ONLINE class and as such you may take the course no matter what country or time zone you happen to be in.
The class is asynchronous, meaning that there is no particular meeting time for the class as such. That said, you must post to this wiki each and every week. I will schedule regular meetings via Skype with each of you to discuss your projects as they progress. There will be some group meetings and critiques that will be scheduled via doodle calendars. If you don’t already have it, download Skype (free), create a Skype ID and post it at the top of your individual page.
Your weekly posts are due on the Sunday of that week: for instance, week two that begins January 12th is due by Sunday January 18th. Missed weeks will count as an absence with an automatic 5% deduction.

Please feel free to use this class to develop and/or support your grad projects. There have been many students who have had the opportunity to really dig deep into their subject matter and interrogate form within the context of experimental practice.
best, Fiona Bowie


WEBSITE DESCRIPTION:
Website catalogue description | www.ecuad.ca
This interdisciplinary course encourages experimentation within each individual student's current practice. Students may consider, adapt and integrate methodologies outside their usual creative process or media to expand their current skill set or create emergent strategies or art forms. Experimentation is encouraged and supported within various media and disciplines, including but not limited to time-based media, performance, installation, visual art hybrid practices, public and social networking practices, interactive practices, research and text based practices. A high level of self-directed activity is expected, along with in class and online participation in presentations, critiques and feedback on the work and research of peers. Students continue to refine their critical vocabulary, analytical and technical skills required for preparation for 4th year grad productions.

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This senior studio course acts as a habitat and forum for a critical and artistic development of praxis. This course is intended to prepare you for and hone your self-initiated and directed creative explorations. Within the context of experimentation, these explorations will be realized and developed beyond your current repertoire. This course will give you the opportunity to conduct and present research that supports your studio work and help you articulate the unfamiliar. Experimental Practices offers a supportive structure wherein students challenge their own methodologies and process. Students will take on projects that will expand their understanding of their own artistic choices, conceptual proclivities, skill set and professional relationships. Students are encouraged to experiment by exploring outside their current mediums and skillsets thereby challenging creative habits. This expansion of repertoire is intended to enhance current studio and professional practice. A high level of self-directed activity is expected, along with online participation in presentations, critiques and feedback on the work and research of your peers. Students will report on the relation of their research to their studio production.
You are encouraged to develop and prepare for your grad project within this class.

This is a 6 credit course and as such a substantial project and written research component (with links and bibliography) is expected.

Wiki Online Community Philosophy
This wiki is the beginning of an ongoing community of individuals interested in Experimental Practice. You are encouraged as students to remain part of the community after your course and come back to see what new work is being undertaken here. Faculty are encouraged to start new pages if so inclined. You are welcome to continue to contribute feedback if you are motivated by research or work you find here. You are all encouraged to be an ongoing part of this community by also preserving your page (thereby your research, work and links): future students will benefit from your contributions to this online library of experimental practice. Hopefully with ongoing contributions across terms and years, this wiki will become a valuable research tool for current and past students alike. In successive terms/years, individuals visiting particular pages will be able to also see links to pages of that individuals cohort by visiting the class student links bottom of the page.


Spring 2014 student studios

PEER GROUPS

Please continue to feel free to comment on any of the student's work in this class, but these peer groups afford you a closer relationship based on interests or projects. I encourage you to comment weekly on work. I also encourage you to have skype discussions with each other: students in the past have found this very productive. Feel free to skype as a group at a mutually agreeable time! You can simply designate a day/time at the top of your pages and see who in the group can make it. Our next set of skype meetings (with me) will be in these groups.



Did you click on and follow the above link READ ME FIRST before proceeding?

Do you have a question about the course? You can post it here General Questions Page for Experimental Practices

You are encouraged to develop and prepare for your grad project within this class.


Evaluation criteria
Attendance see below
Weekly Participation/Demonstrated Process through writing and links/images 40%
Level of engagement with experimental processes 20%
assignments and bibliography _20__%
Projects _20__%


Total 100___%


Evaluation criteria definitions
A high level of self-directed activity is expected, along with online participation including comments and engagement with the work of your peers. Students will report on their research and processes associated with their projects.
5% of final grade will be deducted for each week not submitted to.
2.5% will be deducted for late assignments.

Feedback on Peers: Instructions:

you can add feedback, comments etc. on your peers pages by clicking 'Edit" on their page and adding your comments. Preface your comment by adding this first:  : COMMENT (your name here) (your comments here) end comment
(please be mindful of their space and design of their studio/labs)

Important Dates


January 2: University Reopens
January 5, Monday: Spring semester classes begin
February 9 Family Day - University closed - NO CLASSES SCHEDULED
February 10-13 Study Week - NO CLASSES SCHEDULED
April 2 Last day of regularly scheduled classes.
April 3 Good Friday - University closed - NO CLASSES SCHEDULED.
April 6 Easter Monday - University closed - NO CLASSES SCHEDULED.
April 8-21, -3rd year Review Panels
(no studio classes for Visual Arts, FVIM, CGIA, ISMA + ANIM)
April 17, Foundation Show Opens
April 18, Friday – Good Friday: University Closed
April 19, Saturday: Spring Semester Ends
April 21, Monday – Easter Monday: University Closed

Week 1

January 5th-11th

Here is a repeat of your Week 1 assignment
For this week, the assignment is quite simple (follow these 6 steps):
1.
get to know your virtual class room on the wiki. Please go to wiki.ecuad.ca. You will see on the upper right hand corner that there is a log in space. Please log in with your ECU webmail username and password. PLEASE USE THIS EMAIL FOR ALL MESSAGES AND CHECK IT REGULARLY for updates from me.
When you get to the front page at wiki.ecuad.ca, feel free to click on all of the links to familiarise yourself with what has been posted on the wiki in the past, both earlier versions of this class and other posts of interest.
You will also see a link to Lynda.com which contains many helpful tutorials.

2. Please go to the course page link: you will see the link on the front page of the wiki, or just go to http://wiki.ecuad.ca/index.php/FVIM-331-S001-2015:_Experimental_Practices

3. Read this page carefully.

4. Click on your name. This will take you to your own page where your progress reports and other content may be posted.
Please Post the latest content at the top of your page with the Week it was posted (week 1, week 2, etc.).

5. at the very top of your page, please list ALL possible days and times that would be convenient for you to meet for Skype meetings with me and for group critiques a little later on in the term.
If weekends are best, you can list those too!

6. Finally, tell us a little bit about yourself. What kind of materials or disciplines do you usually produce work with. Are there disciplines that you are less familiar with that you would like to engage and experiment with in this class? Remember, you are free to pursue what ever line of research and discipline you wish, given you are mindful of how experimentation might play into your process(es).

just as a note, if you have a particular subject area that interests you, or materials or particular practices, please feel free to start a page on that topic apart from your own course page. You may create a link to it on your course page.

Week 2

January 12- 18

please check your email for your Doodle calendar sign up for skype meetings. Come prepared to the skype meeting in week 3 with questions or new work to talk about. If you are unable to meet Thursday but still want a skype meeting, please email me to let me know what days/times you are available.

Ubu.com Assignment: 1. Address the following points in your assignment (copy and paste/write or upload assignments to your individual pages on this wiki:
1. what's your individual perspective on experimentation? (eg. working against being deliberate? working toward spontaneity/improvisation? giving over to intuitive gestures? or working outside or your area of expertise/comfort? or? )

2. What do you consider the significance of experimental work at this particular point in time (considering our global general social/ political/ environmental milieu (social interactions, art practices, art business, politics, social movements, social networking etc.)

3.

a. using UBU.com as a resource, research and identify an experimental work that interests you (tell us why). Include a link to this work in your paragraph.

b. using UBU.com, find one example of an experimental artwork (can be sound, film, performance, sculpture, or any other medium/media) that was so influential that it is now part of a canon/tradition/technique.Include a link to this work in your paragraph.


Note: this assignment can include links to works, images, sound files, articles, news items, groups, social or political affiliations, movements, or ANYTHING that you feel motivated to include as part of your own interests in this terms work. You also may add to this particular assignment over the course of our term if your perspective changes or you come across pertinent material.

Something to keep in mind this week: start thinking about what you would like to pursue for a studio project (or series of projects) (see next week)


The purpose of this week's project is to help you define for yourself what experimental work is and assist you in establishing and creating your terms work and research. 2. Each student review the other students assignments. 3. Also, each student please comment on the student alphabetically on the list above you (first name can comment on the last name on the list)



Week 3

January 19th - 25th

Come prepared to the skype meeting in week 3 with questions about your project proposal. Skype schedule as per your availability Please let me know As soon as possible if these times do not work for you. I am scheduling bi-weekly meetings for 28 students, so it is complex and as such lead time is of the essence. If you are not on this list, it is because you have not posted available times on the top of your page/week 1.

Tuesday Jan 20

11:35 : Luke

Thursday Jan 22
12:20 : Soraya
1pm : Braden
1:35 : Alex Ross
Friday Jan 23
12:45 Alonso
2pm : Yafei
SaturdayJan 24
9am : Steve
1010 : Maria
1050 : Gio


1. Create a proposal for your terms work and research. This can be a number of discrete works around a central theme or trajectory of research, it can be one focused project with several iterations and experiments. In addition, your weekly posts should include research, links to research, readings, examples of your work etc. (in week 4, I will go over how to create a useful annotated bibliography that you can keep and add to during your upcoming professional career!) - As this is a six credit practices course, you are expected to produce a substantial project with pertinent research. If you would like to see some examples of varying projects done in the past, you can browse these:
(3 credit directed studies course [1]) ;
( 3 credit, attached to her grad project: [2])

2. If you don’t already have it, download Skype (free), create a Skype ID and post it at the top of your individual page. You may choose to do individual meetings via skype, if need be, during my "office hours" (you can simply email me requesting a skype meeting)...but I will also schedule skype meetings in week Five. Schedule to come once I have had a chance to look at your project proposals.

3. Be open to trying things you have always wanted to research and explore but have not yet had the opportunity to. It is fine to explore areas that you are unfamiliar with or gain skill sets that you do not currently have. Just for examples, in past iterations of this class we have had:
- a painter with no previous experience in music, create a score for a 9 piece ensemble (it was actually performed!) base on gestural drawings done from films starring Marilyn Munroe.
- a video artist create music from weaving (inspired by the work of Iannis Xenakis).
- a performance artist with an interest in fashion create garments that became sculptures. This student repeated the class and developed his work and research into his grad project.
- a visual artist (with no previous experience in music), write and perform original songs.
- a visual artist who's practice was centred in drawing, taught himself how to sew and developed a body of work that he then honed for his graduation project. This project won a Helen Pitt Award.
- a video-based student who wrote a novelette, replete with her own ink drawings (of the fantastic world in which her story was set) and a sound track cd that the reader would listen to while reading in order to create an apt atmosphere.
...so you can follow your hearts desire with your project. I do expect meaningful engagement with whatever you take on as well as weekly reports on progress and research (more about this next week!)

Week 4

Skype meetings continued
Tues. Jan 27th:
9;15 : Tina
10:50 : Fernanda
12:15 : Alyx
1pm Jennifer

Jan 26th -Feb.1st
1. Conduct research and start studio work.
Studio/ Research Experiment 
Post progress : as per usual please continue with your research and studio work and post updates in the form of written paragraph, include links, Images, vimeo, or what-have-you as per your direction of work and research . Update Annotated bibliography on your "discussion page"

2. Please look at your peers posts and comment.


Week 5

February 2 - 8th Skype schedule as per your availability Please let me know As soon as possible if these times do not work for you. I am scheduling bi-weekly meetings for 28 students, so it is complex and as such lead time is of the essence. If you are not on this list, it is because you have not posted available times on the top of your page/week 1.

Tuesday Feb 3

11:35 : Luke

Thursday Feb 5
12:20 : Soraya
1pm : Braden
1:35 : Alex Ross
FridayFeb 6
2pm : Yafei
SaturdayFeb 7
9am : Steve
1010 : Maria
1050 : Gio

Week 6

February 9 - 13 Happy Study Week. No classes.

Week 7

February 16 - 22

Skype Meetings as per schedule Skype schedule as per your availability Please let me know As soon as possible if these times do not work for you. I am scheduling bi-weekly meetings for 28 students, so it is complex and as such lead time is of the essence. If you are not on this list, it is because you have not posted available times on the top of your page/week 1. NEW SCHEDULE Based on your recent preferences or reschedules. Please let me know via email asap if you need to change day/times.
TUESDAY
Tina Chen 11am
Luke 1130
Alyx 12pm
Jennifer 12:30
Fernanda 1pm
THURSDAY
Soraya 12:15
Braden 12:45
Alex Ross 1:15
FRIDAY
Sarah 12:50 Yafei Qi 1:50pm
Alonso 2:20pm
John 2:50
SATURDAY
Gio Swaby 9am
Maria 1010
Steve Schmidt 1050

( here is your section leading up to your midterm assignment week 8:)


1.
Studio/ Research Experiment
Continue to 
Post progress : as per usual please continue with your research and studio work and post updates in the form of written paragraph, include links, Images, vimeo, or what-have-you as per your direction of work and research.
2. Please comment on your peers work.
3. Start an annotated bibliography/list of influences on your Discussion Page (see tab above). Follow detailed instructions below. 4.
please check your email for your Doodle calendar sign up for skype meetings. Come prepared to the skype meeting with questions or new work to talk about. If you are unable to meet Thursday but still want a skype meeting, please email me to let me know what days/times you are available.


THIS WEEK START AN ANNOTATED BIBLIOGRAPHY/ LIST OF INFLUENCES


Here is information on creating your annotated List of Influences/bibliography that you will create for the research portion of this class.
Annotated lists/bibliographies are incredibly useful as you move forward into professional life. Most artists I know still update and refer to the ones they started while in school. Many have several of them, each pertaining to a particular work or series of works.
Beyond being a useful reference for why you thought a particular artist, work, article, book, website, etc was useful to you, it also serves as a fantastic history of your artistic practice over time.

An annotated list/bibliography is an expanded form of the conventional bibliography: in addition to a list of researched artists, books, articles, films, links and documents etc., with author and other pertinent information, each citation/listing is followed by a brief description and critical evaluation of the citation.
Importantly this annotation can include page numbers of favourite quotes or passages (...and the quotes themselves, very useful!). Here is a link to useful tips on creating your annotated list/bibliography, but feel free to format it in a way that is both useful and engaging for you.
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You can add to it regularly as work, subjects etc. occur to you and by the end of term, you will have a quick reference and 'snapshot' of your terms work. Some artists also include singular observations that occur to them as they work in the studio.
The most important thing to remember is to make this bibliography useful for you, therefore, feel free to customize it as you see fit for your project and research. * 

*...I recall that many times during my undergrad I would want to grab a quote that was significant for me for a presentation or paper, not remembering what page it was on...this will go a long way to mitigate that frustration. This list can be added to over years and serve as one of your most useful research tools in your professional lives. It's also a great resource for considering what to include in an artist talk, meeting with curator or commission jury.


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PLEASE PLACE your annotated bibliography in the Discussion section of your page (see the panel at the top left of the page). This way it is easy to navigate to and refer to. You can add to it each week as necessary and by the end of term, you will have a quick reference and 'snapshot' of your terms work. The most important thing to remember is to make this bibliography useful for you, therefore, feel free to customize it as you see fit for your project and research (this is not meant as a typical academic A.B. but rather a resource that will be useful for you in the future. Therefore, you may choose to organize it according to subject headings, or subject headings in chronological order of your reading/experiencing a work (rather than the whole list in alphabetical order of the author's last names). I recall that many times during my undergrad I would want to grab a quote for a paper, not remembering what page it was on...this will go a long way to mitigate that frustration. This list can be added to over years and serve as one of your most useful research tools in your professional lives.
Happy hunting.

WEEK 8

February 23rd-Mar 1st Skype Meetings as per schedule

Mid term self evaluation on work
Mid term self evaluation on work, methodologies, subject, concept(s) to date. Please reflect on what you set out to do and where your terms work stands at this point. (for instance: How have your explorations led you in new an unexpected directions? How has your experimentation, work or research to date influenced how you will move forward with your project? ).
This critical, reflective paragraph, can include links, Images, vimeo, or whathaveyou as per your direction. It can include your own thoughts on other works or readings that had an impact on you. It can include ideas you came upon or discovered during your research that excited you. Please title the section Mid term self evaluation on work. Please have your annotated bibliography up to date (if any of you missed this assignment, please see Week 6 below).
I will be scheduling Skype meetings the following week 10 after I have had a chance to review them.

WEEK 9

March 2 - 8
Skype Meetings as per schedule Skype schedule as per your availability Please let me know As soon as possible if these times do not work for you. I am scheduling bi-weekly meetings for 28 students, so it is complex and as such lead time is of the essence. If you are not on this list, it is because you have not posted available times on the top of your page/week 1.

TUESDAY
Tina Chen 11am
Luke 1130
Alyx 12pm
Jennifer 12:30
Fernanda 1pm
THURSDAY
Soraya 12:15
Braden 12:45
Alex Ross 1:15
FRIDAY
Yafei Qi 1:50pm
Alonso 2:20pm
John 2:50
SATURDAY
Gio Swaby 9am
Maria 1010
Steve Schmidt 1050


Studio/ Research Experiment

Post progress, : written paragraph, can include links, Images, vimeo, or whathaveyou as per your direction of work and research . Update Annotated bibliography on your "discussion page"

WEEK 10

'March 9 - 15 Skype Meetings as per schedule
Week 10 work should include: Mid term Feedback for peers continue Studio/ Lab work

1. 
Post progress : written paragraph, can include links, Images, vimeo, or whathaveyou as per your direction of work and research 

2. Midterm feedback for peers: please comment on your peer group midterm reflections.
3. Note for the last segment of the term.
For the next weeks you should be focusing your energy on the parameters/execution of a final iteration of your project for this course. Students may be working toward the development of a grad project, others may be exploring new disciplinary or theoretical territories, while some may be working on several discrete projects. Final iterations will vary according to individual forays and projects. The final iteration may refer to a finished script, a mock up installation, the culmination of several smaller projects, a written work, sound work or? - you will consult with me on the best option for each of you. When you post progress please keep in mind that you are encapsulating your terms work in relation to this final iteration.
Peers: please be mindful to comment on your peer groups work over the next two weeks.
4. please check the skype schedules that will be posted on Monday March 18th for the following weeks 10/11.
Doodle message:
Hi everyone,
in the next two weeks, you can sign up for skype meetings to talk about your projects. Please check your email for the link. You may bring any questions you may have, or conversely, respond to the comments you have received on your midterm submissions.
Come prepared to the skype meeting with questions or the latest iterations or your work to talk about. really look forward to touching base again!
Thank you, Fiona
ps. please post your Skype ID's at the top of your page if you have not already done so.


groups work over the next two weeks.

WEEK 11

Skype Meetings as per schedule Skype schedule as per your availability Please let me know As soon as possible if these times do not work for you. I am scheduling bi-weekly meetings for 28 students, so it is complex and as such lead time is of the essence. If you are not on this list, it is because you have not posted available times on the top of your page/week 1.

TUESDAY
Tina Chen 11am
Luke 1130
Alyx 12pm
Jennifer 12:30
Fernanda 1pm
THURSDAY
Soraya 12:15
Braden 12:45
Alex Ross 1:15
FRIDAY
Yafei Qi 1:50pm
Alonso 2:20pm
John 2:50
SATURDAY
Gio Swaby 9am
Maria 1010
Steve Schmidt 1050

March 16 - 22
1. Work on projects.
Peers: please be mindful to comment on your peer groups work over the next two weeks.

2. 5 Individual skype meetings as per Doodle schedule. Please ensure your skype ID is at the top of your page, thanks.
All students not meeting on skype this week, please update pages on a weekly basis and comment on your peers. thanks, look forward to speaking with you.

WEEK 12

March 23 - 29 Skype Meetings as per request. Please reserve a time at least 4 days prior to that time



1. Work on projects.
Peers: please be mindful to comment on your peer groups work.



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WEEK 13

April 2 Last day of regularly scheduled classes.

WEEK 14

April 7 - last day to post


Finals Post and discussion/comments/feedback of peers
1. post final iteration of work 2. Comment on peers work on their pages

Spring 3rd Year Review Panels From Monday, April 13 to Thursday, April 16 all Visual Arts, FVIM, ISMA, CGIA and ANIM studio classes are cancelled to accommodate faculty and student participation in the 3rd year Review Panels. You should bring a number of finished works with you to show to the panel. Please also come prepared with a proposal for your grad project and a plan of action to prepare for it over the summer term.

No studio classes for Visual Arts, FVIM, ISMA + ANIM