Live! IMA Low Res

NYU IMA Low Res, Spring 2024 // Instructor: Carrie Sijia Wang

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This course engages students in a dynamic series of workshop-style experiments, looking into different possibilities of live-streamed performance. Through an exploration of language, media, time, space, body, and object, students are encouraged to develop their unique artistic voices while utilizing the class as a platform for performative inquiry into subjects of individual interest.

Throughout the course, we will examine a wide range of examples, spanning from durational performances by artists such as Tehching Hsieh and Marina Abramović, to online interactive performances that invite audience participation. We will explore how we can apply emerging technologies to design live-streamed projects that tell stories, convey ideas, and express feelings.

A few weeks into the course, students will propose final project ideas and develop the performances in subsequent weeks with support from the instructor. The class will culminate in a virtual event featuring live-streamed projects by the students.


Grades will be determined according to this criteria:

  • Participation and Attendance 40%
  • Homework Assignments 20%
  • Final Project Development and Execution 40%


Attendance is mandatory. Please email your instructor if you are going to miss a class. Two unexcused absences is cause for failing the class. An unexcused lateness of 10 minutes or more is equivalent to 1/2 of an absence.

ITP/IMA Code of Conduct

ITP/IMA is a community whose mission is to explore the imaginative uses of emerging technologies — to make people’s lives safer, more just, more beautiful, more meaningful, and more fun. We pledge to act and interact in ways that contribute to an open, welcoming, diverse, inclusive, and healthy community (excerpt from ITP/IMA Code of Conduct).

This course is committed to providing an inclusive, welcoming, and harassment-free space for everyone in our community. Harassment or discrimination in any form will not be tolerated, and this applies to any interactions and content.

Statement on Title IX

Tisch School of the Arts is dedicated to providing its students with a learning environment that is rigorous, respectful, supportive and nurturing so that they can engage in the free exchange of ideas and commit themselves fully to the study of their discipline. To that end Tisch is committed to enforcing University policies prohibiting all forms of sexual misconduct as well as discrimination on the basis of sex and gender.  Detailed information regarding these policies and the resources that are available to students through the Title IX office can be found by using the following link: Title IX at NYU.

Accessibility & Wellness

Academic accommodations are available for students with documented disabilities. Please contact the Moses Center for Students with Disabilities at 212-998-4980 for further information.

24/7 Mental / Physical Health, Wellness, Counseling, and Crisis Response resources can be accessed via Wellness Exchange online or by phone at the 24/7 hotline at (212) 443-9999

More detailed for medical, wellness, counseling and crisis response resources see here:

For emergency response:
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NYU Campus Safety at (212) 998-2222 to report the emergency

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Academic Integrity & Statement Principle

Excerpt from the NYU Tisch School of the Arts Policies and Procedures Handbook, please read the full text for additional information:

The core of the educational experience at the Tisch School of the Arts is the creation of original academic and artistic work by students for the critical review of faculty members. It is therefore of the utmost importance that students at all times provide their instructors with an accurate sense of their current abilities and knowledge in order to receive appropriate construc- tive criticism and advice. Any attempt to evade that essential, transparent transaction between instructor and student through plagiarism or cheating is educationally self-defeating and a grave violation of Tisch School of the Arts community standards.

Plagiarism is presenting someone else’s original work as if it were your own. More specifically, plagiarism is to present as your own: a sequence of words quoted without quotation marks, a paraphrased passage from another writer’s work, ideas, sound recordings, computer data, or images composed or created by someone else.

Students are expected to build their own work on that of other people, just as professional artists, scholars, and writers do. Giving credit to the creator of the work you are incorporating into your own work is an act of integrity; plagiarism, on the other hand, is a form of fraud.

Use of Free and Open Source Materials Including Code

You must cite the source (link to) of any material/code you use with the exception of examples specifically provided by the instructor or demonstrated for the course. Please note the following additional expectations and guidelines:

  • Check the license. When using others’ code, pay attention to the license under which it has been released, and be certain to fulfill the terms and requirements of those licenses. Descriptions of common licenses, and their requirements, can be found at Some licenses may require permission. If you are confused or aren’t sure how to credit code, ask one of the course instructors and make your best good faith effort. Not properly citing code sources is grounds for receiving a 0 on an assignment.
  • Use of code libraries. The use of general, repurposable libraries is strongly encouraged. The people who developed and contributed these components to the community worked hard, often for no pay; acknowledge them by citing their name and linking to their repository.
  • Be careful. It sometimes happens that an artist places the entire source code for their sketch or artwork online, as a resource from which others can learn. Assignments professors give in new media arts courses are often similar; you may also discover the work of a student in some other class or school, who has posted code for a project which responds to a similar assignment. You should probably avoid this code. At the very least, you should be careful about approaching such code for possible re-use. If it is necessary to do so, it is best to extract components that solve a specific technical problem, rather than those parts which operate to create a poetic experience. Your challenge, if and/or when you work with others’ code, is to make it your own. It should be clear that downloading an artwork from someone’s p5 account or GitHub and simply changing the colors would be disgracefully lazy. And doing so without proper citation would be outright plagiarism.
  • This statement is adapted from Dan Shiffman’s Code! Course (Spring 2020) at New York University and Golan Levin’s Interactivity and Computation Course (Fall 2018) at Carnegie Mellon University.


Week 1: Text and Language

March 20


In Class:

  • Introductions
  • Class Overview
  • Examples: Language + Text
  • Introduction to OBS
  • In Class Performance: Performing Text

Homework #1: Find My Collaborators

Fill out the Find My Collaborators doc and use it to start conversations about working together for the final.

If you already have a group or have decided to work solo, please put your names under “Decisions.”

Homework #2: Stream Something

Week 2: Video and Audio

March 27


In Class:

  • Examples: Media
  • Performance Critique
  • More OBS
  • In Class Performance: An Emotional Arc

Homework: Watch a Performance

Week 3: Time and Space

April 03


In Class:

  • Share What You Watched
  • Examples: Time & Space & Connection
  • Tools for Network Performance
  • In Class Performance: Connection

Homework: Experiments with Time and Space (Solo or Collaborative)

  • Inspired by the examples shown in class, livestream a performance on Twitch that experiments with the idea of time and/or space. Feel free to work on your own or in a group of up to three people! Below are some ideas to try out:
    • Livestream something for a long period of time.
    • Livestream something for a super short amount of time at a regular interval.
    • Perform a ritual with a timed schedule. 
    • Stream from a space, or perspective that’s usually not given attention to.
    • Make your desktop a stage and tell a story using the affordances on the interface.
    • Anything else that experiments with the idea of time and/or space.
  • Once you decide when and where you’ll perform, invite us all to your performance by posting your schedule and link to our Discord channel at least a day before your performance. (Feel free to also invite people from outside of class.)

Week 4: Body and Object

April 10


In Class:

  • Share Thoughts About Livestream
  • Examples: Body & Object
  • Elements of Object Theater
  • In Class Performance: Object Theater

Homework: Final Performance Pitch

See Final Project Assignment here.

Consolidate your ideas into a final project pitch presentation and add your presentation slides to this folder. Be prepared to share your pitch with the class. Make sure you include the following in your pitch:

  • What is your performance? / Elevator Pitch
  • What will the audience see? / Form + Content
  • Why do you want to create this piece? / Intention
  • Are you inspired by any previous performance or other art projects? / References/Inspiration
  • How are you going to make this performance? / Process and Technology
  • What’s your plan for next steps?  / Timeline
  • Raise at least one question for the group.

Week 5: Final Project Pitch

April 17


In Class:

  • Pitch Presentations

Homework: Get Ready to Rehearse

01. Keep working on your performance. Rehearse on your own and record your rehearsal.

We will have an in-class rehearsal next week. Get ready to perform in front of the class. The piece should be 9o% complete by the time of rehearsal next week.

02. Complete the Performance Schedule and Description sheet with a livestream link, a project title and a one-sentence description.

Week 6: Rehearsal

April 24

In Class:

  • Rehearsal
  • Summary & Next Steps

Homework: Get Ready to Stream

  • Record a backup video
  • Double check your tech list (think about what could go wrong and plan for those scenarios)
  • Rehearse rehearse rehearse
  • Get the word out there

Week 7: Final Performance

May 01