Real-Time Media

NYU IMA, Fall 2022 // Instructor: Carrie Sijia Wang

Class Information & Quick Links:

Homework Submissions Doc

Final Performance Class Folder

All Tech Notes & Resources

All Slideshows

Time: Tuesdays & Thursdays 10:40am – 12:10pm

Location: 407

Instructor: Carrie Wang / sw3923@nyu.edu / Office Hour Signup

GA: TBD / TBD@nyu.edu / Office Hour Signup

About


Description

This course focuses on designing, developing and delivering real-time, performative work using audio and video elements. The class will have an emphasis on using MaxMSPJitter and other tools to create performative experiences that dynamically combine interactive elements such as video, sound, code and physical sensors, allow for the unfolding of engaging narratives, and generate compelling visuals in real time.

We will look at various examples of both multimedia performances and installations, explore how we can apply the technologies we have learned to design real-time systems, and discuss methods we can use to make our performative work more engaging.

The class is three-fold and divided into tech tutorials, discussions of existing examples, and in-class performances.


Evaluation

Grades will be determined according to this criteria:

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

Attendance

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.


Equitable IMA/ITP

NYU Bias Response Line

More Resources on Equity & Inclusion

Statement of Academic Integrity

Plagiarism is presenting someone else’s work as though it were your own. More specifically, plagiarism is to present as your own: A sequence of words quoted without quotation marks from another writer or a paraphrased passage from another writer’s work or facts, ideas or images composed by someone else.

Statement of Principle

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 constructive 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. For all the details on plagiarism, please refer to page 10 of the Tisch School of the Arts, Policies and Procedures Handbook.

Statement on the Use of Free and Open Source Materials (including code)

This statement is written by Ellen Nickles, 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.

You must cite the source of any material / code you use with the exception of examples specifically provided by the instructors or demonstrated in media assets for the program courses. 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 choosealicense.com. 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.

Use 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 GitHub and simply changing the colors would be disgracefully lazy. And doing so without proper citation would be outright plagiarism.

Statement on Accessibility

Please feel free to make suggestions to your instructor about ways in which this class could become more accessible to you. 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.

Statement on Counseling and Wellness

Your health and safety are a priority at NYU. If you experience any health or mental health issues during this program, we encourage you to utilize the support services of the 24/7 NYU Wellness Exchange (US +1 212-443-9999). Also, all students who may require an academic accommodation due to a qualified disability, physical or mental, please register with the NYU Moses Center (US + 1 212-998-4980). Please let your instructor know if you need help connecting to these resources.

Statement on Use of Electronic Devices

Laptops will be an essential part of the course and may be used in class during workshops and for taking notes in lecture. Laptops must be closed during student presentations. Phone use in class is strictly prohibited unless directly related to a presentation of your own work or if you are asked to do so as part of the curriculum.

Statement on Title IX

Tisch School of the Arts to 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.

Schedule


Week 1: Overview

Thursday 09/01

SLIDESHOW

In Class:

  • Introductions!
  • Class Overview
  • In-Class Activity

Week 2: In Class Performance I

Tuesday 09/06

SLIDESHOW

In Class:

  • Performance Examples
  • Prompt for In Class Performance
  • Group Meetings

Homework: In Class Performance (Due 09/08)

Develop a two-minute performance TBD.

Rehearse on your own! Get ready to perform in class on Thursday.

Thursday 09/08

In Class:

  • In Class Performances
  • Reflections

Week 3: In Class Performance II

Tuesday 09/13

SLIDESHOW

In Class:

  • Performance Examples
  • Prompt for In Class Performance
  • Group Meetings

Homework: In Class Performance (Due 09/15)

Develop a two-minute performance TBD.

Rehearse on your own! Get ready to perform in class on Thursday.

Thursday 09/15

In Class:

  • In Class Performances
  • Reflections

Homework: Performance Critique (Due 09/22)

Watch a performance and do some research.

Make a slideshow and get ready to share your critique in class.


Week 4: Sound + Tech Tutorials I

Tuesday 09/20

In Class:

  • Max Tutorial

Homework: Practice Patcher (Due 09/27)

Make a Max patcher TBD. Post screenshots and video recording of how it works in a blog post.

Thursday 09/22

In Class:

  • Share Performance Critiques

Week 5: Sound + Tech Tutorials II

Tuesday 09/27

In Class:

  • Max Tutorial

Homework: Practice Patcher (Due 10/04)

Make a Max patcher TBD. Post screenshots and video recording of how it works in a blog post.

Thursday 09/29

In Class:

  • Performance Examples: Sound
  • Assign Audio Performance

Homework: Audio Performance Proposal (Due 10/06)

Proposal requirement TBD.


Week 6: Sound + Tech Tutorials III

Tuesday 10/04

In Class:

  • GA’s Tutorial Class

Thursday 10/06

In Class:

  • Audio Performance Proposals

Homework: Audio Performance (Due 10/13)

Develop an audio performance TBD.

Rehearse on your own! Get ready to perform in class next week.


Week 7: Audio Performance

Thursday 10/13

In Class:

  • Share Audio Performances

Week 8: Video + Tech Tutorials I

Tuesday 10/18

In Class:

  • Max Tutorial

Homework: Practice Patcher (Due 10/25)

Make a Max patcher TBD. Post screenshots and video recording of how it works in a blog post.

Thursday 10/20

In Class:

  • Guest Speaker TBD

Week 9: Video + Tech Tutorials II

Tuesday 10/25

In Class:

  • Max Tutorial

Homework: Practice Patcher (Due 11/01)

Make a Max patcher TBD. Post screenshots and video recording of how it works in a blog post.

Thursday 10/27

In Class:

  • Performance Examples: Video
  • Assign Video Performance

Homework: Video Performance Proposal (Due 11/03)

Proposal requirement TBD.


Week 10: Video + Tech Tutorials III

Tuesday 11/01

In Class:

  • Max or Other Tutorial

Thursday 11/03

In Class:

  • Share Video Performance Proposals

Homework: Video Performance (Due 11/08)

Develop a video performance TBD.

Rehearse on your own! Get ready to perform in class next week.


Week 11: Video Performance

Tuesday 11/08

In Class:

  • Video Performances

Thursday 11/10

SLIDESHOW

In Class:

  • Performance Examples: Object Theatre
  • Assign Final Project

Homework: Final Project Proposal (Due 11/15)

Requirement TBD.


Week 12: Final Project Proposal

Tuesday 11/15

In Class:

  • Share Final Project Proposals

Thursday 11/17

In Class:

  • Work in Class
  • One-On-One Meetings

Homework: Final Project Work-In-Progress (Due 11/29)

Share your work-in-progress in class.


Week 13: Guest Speaker

Tuesday 11/22

In Class:

  • Guest Speaker TBD

Week 14: Final Project Work-In-Progress

Tuesday 11/29

In Class:

  • Share Work-In-Progress

Thursday 12/01

In Class:

  • Getting Ready

Homework: Final Project Rehearsal (Due 12/06)

Finalize your performance. Rehearse a lot! Record one of your rehearsals and post on your blog.

Get ready for the rehearsal in class.


Week 15: Final Project Rehearsal

Tuesday 12/06

In Class:

  • Rehearsal and Feedback (Guest TBD)

Thursday 12/08

In Class:

  • Tech Check
  • Work-In-Class

Homework: Final Project (Due 12/13)

Get ready to perform in class! Friends welcome!


Week 16: Final Performance

Tuesday 12/13

In Class:

  • Final Performances