School of Art Digital Literacy/Semester1

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This is the timetable

Semester 1: Timetable

Your Lecturer for weeks 1-4 will be Rachel Gillies.

Week One - Introduction

Introduction | Week one will introduce participants to some of the ways in which they will access digital media to enhance their art practice and theory. Participants will also be introduced to the projects that span this component of their paper. Students are expected to work in a self-directed manner (i.e. homework! ) this week and will complete the following before week 2:

  • ensure they complete their enrollment/registration, get their username and password and ensure they can log onto the Otago Polytechnic computer system
  • access their individual e-mail accounts (Windows Live - see link from the Otago Polytechnic website) (Help page is here) Send Rachel an e-mail to say hi at Your log in should look like this *Please make sure you sign IN rather than sign UP - you already have an account set up through Otago Polytechnic.
  • go to The Blue Oyster Gallery to see the current exhibition "The Grad Show". Find the address and opening times on the website. Please note there is an after-hours exhibition every evening from 5.30pm too...

Below are some links to information covered in the intro lecture: Spend some time before the next class looking through these and thinking about them.
Under Scan by Rafael Lozano-Hemmer

update - windows live issues
Please note there are some known technical issues with windows live - if once you sign up you still cannot get access to your e-mail account then please call the ITS helpdesk on 8039 (from the phone upstairs in the open access lab) with your student ID so they can work on fixing it! If you cannot access your student e-mail, you may still have a groupwise account from last year (returning students only) or you may have to use a personal e-mail account in the meantime.

Week Two - Blogging - Essential Tools

Blogging - Essential Tools | Week two will look at setting up some practical technologies to enable students to work on their projects throughout this paper. Practical Lab sessions will take students through the following and by the end of this week, participants should ensure they have completed this list (yup...more homework!):

  • register for their own blog in either blogger or wordpress
  • write a post in your blog titled "What I think of computers"
  • e-mail the link (web address) for your blog to Rachel
  • Go to Window:Scene and read some of the posts
  • Choose one post
  • Write a response in your own blog in response to your chosen post
  • Make sure you put a hyperlink in your post, that takes your reader to the web page you are referring to


  • have a look at tags/categories in their own blog, create one called "Digital Literacy 1". This is the category you should ensure is attached to all your posts with assignments for this class.
  • What other categories might be useful? Post your thoughts to your blog.

Social bookmarking

  • Sign up for an account with and save some of your favourite web addresses in your new account
  • Check out your bookmarking facility in Windows Live
  • Write a post to your blog that reflects on which of the above is better.

Health & Safety

  • been made aware of computer health & safety issues
  • ensure you adjust your chair position ever time you sit down!

RESOURCES | These resources will provide you with everything you need to know to achieve the assignments above:
Create and maintain a basic weblog
Use social bookmarking to store and retrieve information
Injury Prevention (Workstation Health & Safety)
Habitat At Work (Computer health & safety)

Below are some links to information covered in this weeks lecture: Spend some time before the next class looking through these and thinking about them.
Window:Scene//Electronic art, new media and digital culture in New Zealand
ISOCHRONIC (Photoblog)
Creative Review Blog (Art and Design News)
My Photo Discussion Blog

Week Three - The Digital Image

The Digital Image | Week three will look at the digital image as it stands in contemporary art practice, including a short history. Practical sessions will look at uploading and linking different media to their blog. By the end of this week, participants will have:

  • posted an image to their blog
  • searched the internet for useful resources
  • looked at various ways to add media to their blog (video, images, .pdf and .doc files)

1. Post an image to your blog

  • Please ensure you have the rights to post this image
  • Download/upload an image
  • link an image on your blog via internet

2. Post a video to your blog so that it can be played in your blog

  • Search for an appropriate youtube video that is relevant to your current project in Drawing/Theory
  • make sure we can see the video image in the blog and play it there rather than just a web address for youtube
  • Explain its relevance, in writing in the same post

3. Post your own review of the Blue Oyster show

  • (The Grad show) (Ends this Saturday!)
  • Did you like it?
  • Why?
  • What did you understand about the artist’s message?
  • What else?

RESOURCES: some useful links that might help you with your homework assignments this week:
youTube website
Flickr Website
Flickr's webpage on copyright/creative commons explanations
Blue Oyster Gallery's website
How To Embed a youTube Video In Your Blog
Add Images to your Blogger Blog
How to embed Multi Media Video in Wordpress AND Blogger by Leigh Blackall * tip: hit pause and let the video download before playing
The Original Human TETRIS Performance by Guillaume Reymond
The Original Human SPACE INVADERS Performance

Week Four - Does Size Matter?

Does Size Matter? | Week four will look at some of the practicalities when dealing with digital images for both computer presentation and printed material, covering file sizes, file formats and file resolution. Practical sessions will look more closely at image manipulation and image manipulation software. By the end of this week participants will have:

  • scanned an image and saved it to their drive
  • looked at Adobe Photoshop tools for basic editing (cropping, rotating, re-sizing)
  • understand the difference between file and compression formats as applied to images
  • understand the difference between archive, screen, e-mail and print resolutions
  • be able to create correct image files for different situations

1. Scan an image and post it to your blog, with a quick re-cap on "how to scan"

  • The image should have some direct relevance to one of your drawing or theory assignments.
  • Students who need, will be shown how to scan in the day's labs.
  • Students should ensure that the have the rights to copy and display the image they choose.
  • The image could be one of the student's own drawings/prints/photographs.

RESOURCES: The following links may help you with this week's tasks:
Image File Formats
Understanding File Formats
Jim Wylie Artist Website
Cute Otters - YouTube
Young Hae Chang Heavy Industries - Net Art

Your Lecturer for weeks 5-6 will be Rodney Browne.

Week Five - The Write Stuff

The Write Stuff | Week five will look at individual authorship and the need for rigorous attention to literary skills demanded by various forms of academic, personal and professional publishing. Practical sessions will include the use of Microsoft Word tools and how they can enhance your personal writing. By the end of this week, students will have:

  • looked at the reference tools in Microsoft word
  • used a range of aids for improving document formatting and content
  • be comfortable editing text documents
  • to be aware how to prepare text documents for output for a range of purposes

Create a formatted word document of your research from Core Studies
1. The content should be a short passage from your Core Studies / Theory assignment (i.e. 2 - 3 paragraphs) and include:

  • a captioned image relevant to your research.
  • a relevant footnoted quote and bibliographic reference

2. Formatting should include

  • indented paragraph for quote:
  • the use of styles for paragraphs, quotes and headings
  • page numbers
  • 1.5 line spacing

3. Students should ensure that the have the rights to copy and display the image they choose.
4. Email the final copy to Rodney at

RESOURCES: The following links may help you with this week's tasks:
On-line Dictionary -
Referencing - Chicago Style manual
NZ arts info - Artlist
Saatchi gallery
Tate Gallery
File:The Write Stuff.pdf
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Week Six - This is a "Paste up"

Mock-up poster for demonstration purposes only. The image by June Savage, from Claim exhibition, Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne, Victoria, 1995
Actual poster for Lyn Plummer's Modulations: Cantata reconfigured touring exhibition, Ashburton, Invercargill, 2007

This is a Paste up | There are a vast array of tools available for both printed and online publishing. Week Six will look at some methods of presenting your documents in print form. By the end of this week students will:

  • be aware of a range of publisher packages
  • be able to produce a presentation document using software such as Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator or Freehand
  • be able to integrate with previously learnt skills for output to print or online

Create a sample poster in Photoshop to upload to your blog
Step 1. Create a new A4 size document in Photoshop, portrait orientation, RGB color and 300 pixels/inch. Change the name.
Step 2. Using the colour picker create a coloured or gradient background for your image
Step 3. Scan in an image of your own approx A5 size (210 x 150mm) at 300 dpi. Copy and paste this into your image.
Step 4. Add text for exhibition detail including

  • Artist
  • Title of exhibition
  • Type of work exhibited
  • Exhibition opening
  • Gallery name (can be made up)
  • Gallery Hours and days
  • Gallery address

Step 5. Archive (save) a copy of the file as a PSD (Photoshop file. This version could be used for a print bureau.
Step 6. From the Image menu select < Save for web >.

  • Make sure JPEG is selected for output
  • Make the height no more than 800 pixels
  • Save the file
  • Place on your blog site

RESOURCES: The following links may help you with this week's tasks:
Corel Publishing Tips
PingMag - Art_Design_Culture site
PSDTuts - Photoshop Tutorials - These are for the more ambitious poster designers
More Photoshop tutorials

Your Lecturers for week 7 will be Pam McKinlay and Su Ballard.

Week Seven - Can I do that? Copyright Issues and Ethics

Copyright Issues and Ethics | Week seven will look at some of the issues complicating digital image distribution and resources available on the internet. Practical sessions will include looking at social networking sites such as wikipedia, Flickr and youtube. By the end of this week, students will have:

  • an understanding of the terms Copyright and Creative Commons
  • made a decision on the appropriate cc licence for your own blog, and added it to your blog.
  • a knowledge of when files can be downloaded, stored and saved
  • researched some of the creative ways artists have engaged copyright technologies and processes.

ASSIGNMENTS FOR THIS WEEK all assignments for this week need to be recorded in your BLOG under the heading COPYRIGHT

  • work through the bibliography below and follow the worksheet to develop your own view on copyright
  • visit the creative commons New Zealand site and follow the flow chart to determine the appropriate licence for your blog.
  • attach this licence to your own blog.
  • watch Keir Smith's video 'Oh, So criminal' again!!.

RESOURCES | These resources will provide you with some starting points to complete this week's worksheet:
YouTube fair use score card
Keir Smith Oh, so criminal
Transcript of A&M case against Napster
creative commons New Zealand


Richard Niven, Solicitor and Copyright Manager, gives a quick wrap of copyright law

OTAGO POLYTECHNIC STUDENTS CLL brochure “Copyright the Law and You”. You've got it. It was a hand out. See also

COPYRIGHT NZ LEGISLATION Literary style = legaleese. The entire riveting 1994 Copyright Act. Wallpaper your bedroom with it and memorise permitted uses sections.

What’s happening in limbo land? The proposed amendments to the 1994 Copyright Act

See also the Copyright Council of NZ

COPYRIGHT/INTELLECUTAL PROPERTY/MAORI IP An enlightened recap of the cornerstones of European-style copyright law and a compelling look at the future of tikanga as a way of addressing spiritual, intellectual and material concerns regarding traditional knowledges in Aotearoa. Mana Tuturu: Maori Treasures & Intellectual Property Rights by Barry Barclay Auckland University Press, 2005.

LICENSING/COLLECTING AGENCIES/CLL Providing a comprehensive introduction to the Copyright Act. Has a useful FAQs section and includes a summary PowerPoint presentation. Click click.

COPYRIGHT AND CREATING Introduction to ‘real world’ digital issues. Includes case studies of high profile multimedia infringements (wav files available).

MACHINIMA - Excellent keynote address by Fred von Lohmann from the Electronic Frontier Foundation and another that may interest from Dan Hunter (on innovation, property and virtual worlds) from the recent symposium run by Games and the Law research group.

Illegal art or illegal imagination, an exhibition which explored the legalities of “illegal” creating and the corporate world.

For the reasons why YOU should become a copyright activist. How big money is eroding fair use for the public good by proprietary practices and penalising measures. Vaidhyanathan, Siva, Copyrights and Copywrongs: The Rise of Intellectual Property and How It Threatens Creativity, New York University Press, 2003. May also be searchable on Google books.


CREATIVE COMMONS LICENCES When looking at using CC make sure you know exactly what you want your licence to do (or not to do). Use the local version CC NZ as this has been tailored to our particular jurisdiction

For a summary on pros and cons of CC licensing issue in education, see the google.doc hyperlink at

UK Artists – study to approaches to copyright and creative commons

COPYRIGHT GENERAL Easy to navigate, small partially chewed portions. Crash course in copyright (note US system)

Information Outlook magazine summary of “info rights”. Covers common everyday digital uses including scanning, web site content, e-mail, linking, listservs, browsing and caching, pulled together by Lesley Harris.

Good straightforward articles on specific areas of interest eg. Fair Use

A copyright 'calculator'. Clear and concise. May need to navigate to fuller descriptions for clarification of terms and interpretations.

Very broad, website delivering the UK position on copyright.

OTHER DIGITAL LITERACIES Otago University has put together self-directed modules on digital literacy. Very simple, easy to navigate and covers the basic information and some how to’s for various media tools. It also covers copyright essentials.

Your Lecturer for week 8 will beSu Ballard.

Week Eight - time for a keynote: Presentation Tools

Presentation Project | Week eight sees the class begin to focus on the second assignment due for the digital literacy component of the Core Studies Paper, which is to collect some of your previous assignments/blog posts into a presentation. (See Assignment Section Above). Students will look at software suitable for developing such a presentation and will develop their individual ideas for presenting their work. By the end of this week students will:

  • have an understanding of using Microsoft's Powerpoint for presentations
  • explored and analyzed some of the do's and don'ts of powerpoint
  • researched some of the creative uses artists have made of powerpoint technologies.
if you get stuck work through session 2 - 6 of this tutorial
Microsoft's instructions on how to make your powerpoints look like you work for them
slide share and an example of a very slick powerpoint

Your Lecturer for weeks 9-12 will be David Green.

Week Nine - Time-based!

La Jette

Time-based! | Week nine will look at time-based arts, leitmotif and the fourth dimension. viewing La Jetée ( ) Practical sessions will involve conceiving and pre-visualising connectivities between still images linked by spoken word, delivered over time. By the end of this week, students will be able to:

  • hunt down conceptually linked still images.
  • download and organise a cache of appropriated image files to their personal drive from a variety of sources.
  • design a paper-based time map that contextually links those images through form, duration, transitional relationship and spoken word.
  • attach the scanned time-map sketch to your blog.

The following image research and usage guidance has been provided by Pam McKinlay:

Most of you are using so if you type in a search for copyright free images you should get pages and pages of links. A Google search will bring up some of the same plus some smaller sites. There are oodles if you look (and read before you use).

Students will still need to READ the TERMS OF USE for each site (to understand what they can DO with an image - some allow use but no derivs.) and attribute source, some sites like you to log-in note where you are requested to post a message of your use and note if under CC licence if you are free to remix/adapt and to re-licence. (As per CC-NZ site in lab.)

The sites below seem pretty user-friendly :

For art works see wikimedia commons (still need to check the copyright statement at the bottom of the image, to make sure it is out of Copryight) and the web museum

Week Ten - Montage...

Montage | Week ten will follow on from week nine. Students will view a re-mix of "The Wizard of Oz" that focuses on the use of leitmotif as key structural element in time-based media. This edit highlights concepts of "similarity and repetition" including "parallelism" as well as "difference and variation" (Bordwell and Thompson). Labs will extend practice back onto the computer where students will edit a time-based sequence using the net-sourced still images time-mapped in week nine, dynamically linked with captured audio consisting of spoken text. By the end of this week, students will have:

  • used Windows Move Maker as a non-linear time-based editor.
  • created their own time-based artwork (10 - 20 seconds in length) using a set of still images.
  • captured a spoken word audio track via computer using Microsoft Movie Maker and an auxilliary microphone (available during lab times).
  • created and archived a compressed version of their finished time-based piece to post online.

Week Eleven - Wrap it Up!

Wrap it Up! | Week eleven use the lab times to allow student to finalise moving image works, and finish off work for their project assignments and consolidate some of the information they have learned in earlier sessions.

  • export finished projects to CD

Week Twelve - So Long...'til next time!

So long...'til next time! ;-) | ALL students will present their finished presentations to their respective groups during this class and hand in their finished work at the end of this class...