duluth quantum computing project

storytelling in a digital age


This free workshop is offered by Kathy McTavish & The Duluth Art Institute at 3 West Superior Street in downtown Duluth.

I will be updating course materials here as we go. Feel free to tweet to hashtag #dqcp.

As an artist I like to explore web technologies. I look forward to sharing that with you. Join me for a workshop series & open lab throughout August and September 2016, followed by a group installation in Duluth (building our community "supercomputer"). See further course information below and then drill through the course topic list. It will evolve over time and we will add an online gallery for our work together.

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topic list


Join us anytime throughout the months of August and September 2016.

We will plan for a lecture / discussion Thursdays from 6-9 and Saturdays from 3-6 . Come to either or both. Thursdays will be more story based and Saturdays will lean into a bit more code. Fridays we will hold an abbreviated brown bag session from noon-1pm.

Open lab sessions will be held Thursdays 3-6pm, Friday 1-6pm, and Saturdays 6-9pm. You are welcome to drop in / drill down into topics of interest to you. Kathy will be on hand to mentor you with code and course materials. You are quite welcome to bring your own art form to work on in the space as well.

Each week we will focus on a different area of internet-based art. We will explore the poetics of code and the rich landscape offered by networks, hypermedia navigation, geolocative storytelling, generative algorithms and community authorship.

We will explore, experiment, create and share new media tools and processes. The 8-week experience will culminate in a collaborative installation of participants' work installed in a downtown storefront with a companion web site and discussion.

During our eight discussion sessions, we will look at case studies, materials and the contested landscapes of online spaces. We will talk about how the patterns and metaphors that are present in new media art can be mapped to other forms of writing and art making. You will be also welcome to participate in an informal, hands-on, lab experience. This open lab will utilize simple, accessible materials such as HTML5, CSS3 and Javascript, a text editor and a web browser to guide participants in creating new work.

Web technologies have been developed by a community fueled by a dream of a common language ::: a shared toolset for exchanging information and resources. From the early days of the internet, artists have been leveraging this space to explore new forms of creating and delivering work. Like the early days of photography and film, net.art and net.writing have excavated the rich metaphors and creative possibilities that come with any new material, any new form.

These technologies also are of high value in the today's market. Artist-support organizations such as Fractured Atlas offer coding classes to provide artists with useful creative tools and sustenance opportunities.

You are welcome to come to one or all of the sessions. They will be self-contained. No previous knowledge is required.

General outline of topics by session :::
August 4-6
talking to machines ::: the origins of computing
August 11-13
the anatomy of a web page the flying trapeeze ::: the aerial art of hypertext ::: the gymnastics of reading
August 18-20
the architecture of the internet ::: cloud mobiles ::: social graphs ::: intersecting stories
August 25-27
alice in wonderland ::: hypermedia ::: the cross-sensory house of mirrors
September 1-3
code / algorithms ::: the confluence of text & choreography (literary forms in action) ::: code as improvisation / orchestration
September 8 & 9 (no Saturday this week)
drawing :::
September 15-17
revolutionary spaces ::: contested landscapes ::: arts & resistance
September 22-24
overview, brainstorming session for future directions & installation celebration on Saturday the 24th
October 1
installation celebration ::: 3-6pm


Kathy McTavish

Kathy McTavish is a composer and media artist. Her recent work uses generative methods to build interactive, multi-channel video and sound environments that are released online, in gallery spaces, and behind performance events. She has over 20 years of experience working at the intersection of art, science and technology.


coverage of the class

thank you!

This activity is made possible in part by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Arrowhead Regional Arts Council, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.

The core media installation and research was also funded by the the jerome foundation as part of the railway prophecies series.