Spotlight Showcases the ongoing work of CUNY DHI members.
By Jojo Karlin
Spotlight: Ryan Seslow and NET-ART on the CUNY Academic Commons
On 13, Nov 2017 | In Spotlight | By Jojo Karlin
Creator: Ryan Seslow
Project: NET-ART Course & Gallery on the CUNY Academic Commons
Discipline: Communication Technology, Digital Art, Digital Storytelling
Campus: York College
Over the last 8-10 months I have become an active contributor on the CUNY Academic Commons. (I have also proudly joined the commons’ sub-committee) I think it is a wonderful platform! I see the commons itself is an amazing space for activating creativity and collaboration between CUNY campuses, students, faculty and community members. After some research, ah, yes, I was a “commons voyeur” for a few years to learn and watch what was happening and how I could best contribute something new and of value.
I decided to create the NET-ART course on the Commons.
It began as a disruption (and still does) to the sidebar of the commons’ home page. Every other day I post a new animated GIF or a screen recorded series of Internet Art works that are co-dependent on a web browser to display and archive the works. The animations serve as a colorful contrast to the regularly published content. NET-ART on the commons is indeed an expressive and experimental digital art course, digital art gallery, exhibition space and a platform for interdisciplinary collaboration. An official or formal announcement about the NET-ART course launch has not yet been shared, but perhaps this Spotlight will serve as its introduction!
The Net-Art website on the commons will soon be launching its first series of open calls in three categories: Animated GIFs, Net-Art & Digital Art / Static / Memes!
This is the “hackable” course description:
“Net-Art is a remote online digital studio art course intended to expose and expand the vocabulary of new media art to the student’s personal visual statements. Students are expected to produce a related series of electronic art works with a concentration on experimentation and the transcendence of ideas. Through various processes, both manual and technology based, students will be exposed to the use and application of electronic media via desktop and mobile art practice. Students may reference their work in conjunction with prior interests in applied arts, photography, video, history, politics, social commentary, performance art as well as any other inter-disciplinary subjects of interest. The course will take place here on this URL using (OER) Open Education Resources, Public Domain and other Creative Commons Sources.”
Over the last several years I have been exhibiting and building online portfolios and repositories of my works:
Please have a look below for examples as they are relevant to the NET-ART Course work:
1. Professor Seslow’s Internet Art Exhibition on the Newhive platform – https://newhive.com/ryanseslow/profile/all
2. Professor Seslow’s Artist Profile on the Giphy Platform – https://giphy.com/ryanseslow/
3. Professor Seslow Art Repository on Flickr – https://www.flickr.com/photos/rmsmovement/
4. Ryan Seslow.com – https://ryanseslow.com – Lots of blog posts and otherness.