Interactive Media > Final Project Choices

CHOICES / For Discussion in Class…


Propose a Final Project that revisits an Interactive Topic or Tool from earlier in the semester

1- Avatars and Virtual Worlds: Use Moviestorm or another tool to create a machinima work or design a character, setting or interactive experience that uses avatars or virtual environments.

2- Locative Media : Use Google Maps or other locative tools to create an online project linked to place. Tell a story or engage your audience in an experience enhanced with photos, videos connected to landscape and location.

3- Motion and Interactivity : Use tools of your choice (Leap, Kinect, or other motion activiated technology) to create a simple project that does not require a mouse or keypad to experience.

4- Interactivity and Social Media : Use social media at the heart of an interactive artwork. Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Youtube… Propose an engaging use of social media in a creative project.

5- Interactive Storytelling : Use tool of your choice to create an interactive narrative. One option would be to use the Treehouse Interlude tool to create interactive video story. Another option would be to create an ibook or website that integrates text and images and other media.

Final Project Proposals should include:

1- Title / Topic / Synopsis of your idea (150 words)

2- Tools / Techniques you plan to use

3- Step by Step / Timeline Plan

4- Final Format / What will you make / How will audience interact with it?

5- 3 examples of similar interactive works (links or screen grabs)

6- (optional) Mock up or sketch of what you plan to create


Interactive Art / Environmental Works

Artist Lectures by David Bowen and Leif Brush, and senior exhibit by student Sam Hagen, show us various ways that artists are using motion and sound capture technology to create art installations that make connections between humans and their environment.

Please post a reflective response to the work of these three artists here.

What do you find most intriguing about the works?

What ideas or uses of technology are the most challenging for you?

What connections can you make between the works of these artists?

How might you choose to use motion or sound capture in an environmental work?

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Link to David Bowen’s website


Link to Leif Brush on Rhizome

Link to Sam Hagen’s exhibit

Leif Brush / Artist talk / 6pm Monday Nov 25

Leif Brush / Artist talk

6pm Monday Nov 25

Room 335 ABAnderson Hall

Leif Brush is an emeritus art professor UMD Department of Art & Design. Brush pioneered the use of computer and sound capture technology in his own artwork and developed some of the first courses in digital art at UMD. He received an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. His work remains vital to the study of sound art on an international level. Leif Brush has developed a unique vocabulary evolving alongside his experimental soundworks which often juxtapose analog/digital and invisible/tangible forces of nature.

Assuming all aspects humanly possible, I’m advocating participation in the evolving Global Nano-based sensor networkings, and where sound can achieve par with music. Why, How?

Coining a barter-based interchange, and intercepting our terrestrial and extraterrestrial aurality.

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Leif Brush

Professor Emeritus

Research Specialty: Environmental Sound

This special artist lecture can count for Visual Culture Lecture Series
WHAT IS SOUND ART ? In sound art, traditional musical form is abandoned in favour of a new sound/space experience. Sound art can include opening up of music to noise, the use of chance processes and the integration of sound into sculptural or environmental installations. Sound art lives at the intersection of visual art, sound, music and emerging technology.

Moviestorm Experiments

PROJECT #1 Avatars and Virtual Worlds
To grade the Moviestorm project I will look at :

1- Your Avatar exported in file folder from stock to our public folder : art3018_Moviestorm

2- Exported movie, uploaded to YouTube, link sent to Joellyn and embedded on your blog

3-Moviestorm Project Reflection:
Write a good paragraph (200 words) that reflects on the strengths and weaknesses of Moviestorm as a creative tool.
Imagine a new creative use for this program and share your idea with us. What kind of digital art project would you use it on? Could you use the avatars, virtual world and movie technology to create a work that comments on culture, addresses a social issue or pokes fun at human folly?
Please post this moviestorm reflection to your own blog, along with an embedded youtube video of your movie.

Mystery of Clough Island by Blake:

Cinderella Daydream by Jordan

The End of Thanksgiving by Daniel

A Day on the Lakewalk by Sarah

Interactive Art Research Blogs

Interactive Art Research Blogs / Presentations:

Research an interactive artist, an interactive art festival, a tool or technnology used in interactive art. (Clear your topic with Joellyn) Prepare engaging information and visual examples about your topic to share on your own interactive art blog and on screen in a digital presentation. Include text (at least 200 words on your topic to post to your blog, with at least 3 links to examples of work.) Embed video and still images to share specific works. Always cite works with Artist Name, Title of work, date, location.

You may use a WordPress blog you create
Or a Uthink blog:
Art 3018 students will use blogs:

Post a link to the URL of your interactive art research blog to the comments on this entry… by 6:00pm on Monday October 14. Our class will be ONLINE next Monday evening, From 6:30 to 8:30 pm, visit the blog research of each of your classmates, view the info on their topics and post a comment to their blog.

Write a brief overview about the work of this interactive art topic including:
2. Your topic name
3. Background info on the topic
4. Description of the interactive art (Be sure to include: What specific technology and ideas are explored by this artist. Process: How do they create their work? How does the audience experience it?)
5. Support your research by embedding video examples and still images into your blog
6. Discuss a specific work you like + why
(Be sure to include: Title, date. and location of the specific work. What does the work look, sound, feel like? Ideas and technology explored. What about this work connects with you personally? )
7. How their work might influence your digital art (Be open, stretch your imagination here, describe a work you might want to make some day.)
3 links to the artist’s work on the web (use FULL URL > http…)

Winter in the Blood > screenings in Duluth

University of Minnesota Duluth is pleased to welcome filmmaker Alex Smith to Duluth for two sneak preview screenings of his newest film “Winter in the Blood,” which is based on the novel by acclaimed author James Welch. Aspiring filmmakers, visual art students, cultural studies students… Don’t miss this opportunity to meet Alex Smith and hear about the process of creating a feature film.

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UMD students are encouraged to attend one of these screenings of Winter in the Blood, which also count for Art & Design students as Visual Culture Lecture Series:

2:00-4:00 pm on Sunday September 29:

Screening of Winter in the Blood and Q and A with filmmaker Alex Smith at Zinema in downtown Duluth. (Theater 1, seats 95)

4-6:00 pm on Monday September 30:

Screening of the film and Q and A with Alex in at the Weber Music Hall on UMD campus

Reception at the Tweed Museum of Art following the Monday afternoon screening.



Recently Noticed in Interactive Culture

Interactive Media Students:
What cool new thing have you recently noticed in Interactive Culture?

It could be a surprising trend in social media, a radically new interactive game, a strange behavior with digital devices, a new technology for creativity, an interactive work of art you saw in a museum… or on the internet…or on the street. It should be something that ignites your curiosity about how humans and digital media interact…

You will post the short description of what you have recently noticed in Interactive Media… as a comment to this blog entry. In class I will show you how to post to the blog. (I need to approve your posts, so it’s best to do it first in class) Please include the complete URL (http…) and tell us what you have noticed and credit your source. Thanks!

Here’s a fun place to look at:
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Arcade Fire / Just a Reflektor

Published on Sep 9, 2013
Watch the film at

In this video, we take a look behind the scenes of JUST A REFLEKTOR, an interactive short film for Google Chrome that explores the themes in Arcade Fire’s “Reflektor” through two devices simultaneously: the computer and smartphone/tablet. Directed by Vincent Morisset and filmed in Haiti, the story follows a young woman who travels between her world and our own.

Explore the Technology: