Transmedia: Image Sound Motion
Credits: 3 credits
Eligibility: current sophomores, juniors, seniors
(see eligibility requirements)
Status: This program is full but we are accepting applications for the wait list.
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Transmedia is an emerging discipline that encompasses time-based and digital art forms, including art video, computer art, cinema, and art photography. In this program—which can serve as a follow-up to Art as Experience or which can be taken alone—you’ll work with cameras, audio recorders, physical computing boards, and computer software as you learn how to create and manipulate digital art.
Led by program director Mark Edward Grimm, you'll spend the first week focusing on macro photography. (See exciting examples of this art form on the websites of photographers David Gilliver, Vyacheslav Mishchenko, and Pyanek.) You’ll build a macro lens for your camera, create photographs with it, and experiment with stop-animation techniques—recording single images and then stringing images together to create an image sequence. You’ll create macro video at normal and slow speeds and then edit the videos into short pieces.
In weeks two and three, you’ll record a short series of videos based on a given topic, and then these videos will be edited into a video sample library. You’ll learn how to program the computer to interact with video and audio sample libraries. You’ll use the invention kit Makey Makey to build buttons and controllers for the computer, and then you’ll assemble your images, video, and audio to create an interactive audiovisual media artwork.
When the class convenes each morning, you’ll discuss the assigned reading and your journal entries before receiving the day’s assignment. Technical, historical, and theoretical material will be provided to give you a strong foundation, and you’ll also have the opportunity to meet media artists who can help you understand the creative possibilities of the techniques you’re learning.
As you work to master each new concept and skill for creating images, sound, and motion-based media, you’ll have the full support of your faculty mentor. At the end of each day, the class will convene to discuss work, techniques, problems, and solutions. Learning will be fun, challenging, and exciting and will open you to new possibilities for creating dynamic media art.
- Students will come prepared for unhindered experimentation and with a mind open to new ideas, concepts, and techniques.
- Students will embrace the opportunity to explore the role of digital media in the creation and experience of art and design.
- Students will demonstrate growing awareness of concepts of media-based art and design.
- Students will experiment with multiple methods for creative processes, collaboration, research, and critique.
- Students will develop critical skills and use a rich vocabulary of formal and critical terms.
- Students will achieve technical competence in video and audio recording and editing and in media interaction.
- Students will complete at least one self-directed, interactive project about a subject of the student’s choice.
You'll be enrolled in the three-credit course Art as Experience II: TransMedia (ART 1102).
This course meets Mondays through Fridays, 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. and 1:30-4:00 p.m.
Maximum enrollment: 16
Required textbooks and materials
|Makey Makey: Invention Kit||TBD|
|The Medium is the Message||Marshall McLuhan||TBD|
|Two flash drives, 64 or 32 gig|
|Pocket-sized moleskin notebook|
|Smartphone with digital camera/video capabilities or a digital camera/video camera|
These titles and materials will be available at The Cornell Store.
- Smartphone/camera mount, selfie stick, stabilizer
- External microphone to interface with camera, such as stereo microphone, condenser
- Reverse mounting adapter
- Monday, July 17: College Admissions Workshop, 2:30–3:45 p.m.
- Monday, July 24: College Fair, 4:00–6:00 p.m., Statler Hall Ballroom
- Friday, August 4: Art Show, 1:30–4:30 p.m.
- Saturday, August 5: Graduation ceremony, 11:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
Students and their families are cordially invited to an informal graduation on Saturday, August 5 from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Students will each receive a Cornell University Summer College certificate and be able to take farewell photos with their friends and faculty. Note that attendance is not required, but is highly recommended and is a nice way to conclude the program. Dress is smart casual.
Checkout dates and times
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Mark Edward Grimm
Grimm holds a master of fine arts degree from Rochester Institute of Technology, where he specialized in painting, printmaking, and experimental video art. He also holds a master of education degree from Columbia University, where he specialized in emerging technologies and their effect on the theory and practice of communication and studio art within higher education.
Grimm has been the recipient of numerous grants, including the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation Grant (in support of Redhouse Art Radio, the first listener-generated arts and ideas Internet radio station). His work has been shown nationally as well as internationally in such locations as New Zealand, Australia, Brazil, and Austria.
"I have a passion for teaching media-arts and working with students as they push their limits and intellectual prowess. I find that encouraging students to tackle new artistic ideas, often outside of their comfort zone, empowers them to learn from mistakes and become independent creators. Mentoring students in developing processes of self-critique and the pursuit of artistic growth is one of the most fulfilling aspects of teaching."
"Cornell was absolutely eye-opening, and I learned so many things. I especially loved getting a taste of college life; I love independence and responsibility. Professor Grimm was awesome, and I could tell he really loved what he was doing/teaching." — Autumn, 2016