When: October 8-November 30, 2012.
WHAT: Online course for creators of all stripes making art on the Web with new paradigm. Ride the shift from page and print thinking to the stream. We'll be creating our own Tumblr sites as part of the process. When complete, the course will be Creative Commons licensed and suitable for learning pods of 3-4 to work through together.
Why: I left the computer graphics industry in 1994 to devote my time to the Internet. At the time, my love of creative writing (including poetry) and my coding for the Internet seemed like two distinct vocations.
It wasn't long, though, before I started to understand that the Web really is a medium in its own right. With the advent of high-speed bandwith, the Web is vividly multimedia and incorporates multisensory elements (almost everything but aroma). However, most people are still applying the practices of inherently one-way media such as print and broadcast (novels, newspapers, radio, film, television, for instance) unto the Internet and missing out on the vast capabilities offered by an interactive and transactive communication model.
We'll get into the nitty-gritty of making the most of the Web medium in a hands-on online course, The Stream is the Medium. We'll use the Tumblr platform so we have actual, direct experience and not just theory (much of the information will apply to other platforms, as well). The entire course is offered online on Tumblr (integrated with Disqus for Q&A consultation and feedback applicable to your get your projects completed).
We'll have daily (Monday-Friday) posts, exercises plus group and one-on-one feedback for seven weeks.
How: Choose your Participation Level for the seven weeks.
Generator is if you would like to really see this course generate enough content to be packaged for anyone across the world to learn in an easy-to-digest and freely available in the future. Also choose Generator if you don't have as much experience creating content (and I mean creating, not resharing others' links) for the Web (especially on stream-type platforms such as Tumblr, Twitter, Facebook, Cowbird, Google+), and may need more one-on-one feedback from the instructor, Evelyn Rodriguez. Choose Catalyst if you have a lot of experience using Tumblr in particular, or otherwise have been a Web artist previously, and are looking to expand your repetoire (for instance, adding transmedia storytelling). Catalyst could also apply to someone who's not taking the course this fall 2012, but would love to ensure that the course becomes Creative Commons-licensed and packaged for release in near future (aiming for January-February 2012). Cultivator is someone who falls in-between the Generator and Catalyst spectrum.