Digital Environments - Level 2 Elective

University of the Arts London, Camberwell College of Arts

tutor: Jonathan Kearney

Week13 - 29 January 2010

The final week! at Wilson Road -- looking at copyright and how the digital revolution has, well . . . revolutionised it!

some really useful links from this final session: watch the intro movie here - really good talk on copyright issues and great video of Bush & Blair singing to each other!! - more stuff about remix, copyright etc in the form of a documentary that you can download and remix yourself, or just watch

Location: Large seminar room, first floor Wilson Road
Time: Fridays 10am to 12pm

Friday 9 October: 10am - 12pm - introduction
Friday 16 October: 10am - 12pm - digital is... & history
Friday 23 October: 10am - 12pm - everyday (media) life
Friday 30 October: - independent study
Friday 6 November: 10am - 12pm - 3D printing/rapid prototyping visit
Friday 13 November: 10am - 12pm - digital is dangerous?
Friday 20 November: 10am - 12pm - a web of opinions
Friday 27 November: 10am - 12pm - digital noise
Friday 4 December: 10am - 12pm - 'digital environments create the possibility for . . .'
Friday 11 December: 10am - 12pm - laser cutting at Peckham Road building

Friday 15 January: 10am - 12pm - submission deadline (visit to V&A)
Friday 22 January: 10am - 12pm - all students elective event
Friday 29 January: 10am - 12pm - copyright -- copywrong

Outline of elective:

The electives programme requires you to choose from an Electives menu that compliments and enhances your main area of study with the possibility to work alongside peers and staff from across Camberwell. The elective provides you with the opportunity to broaden your enquiry in relation to practice, critical and professional contexts. It enables you to strengthen practice, deepen critical enquiry and expand skills in relation to your core study.

You will investigate the underlying concepts and principles of Digital Environments and you will be asked to integrate your research into your current practical work, reflecting on and evaluating the outcomes.


Imagine a landscape that was constantly changing. Not just moving or adjusting to the prevailing winds but one where the actual ground could instantly change from solid to liquid, water flowed upwards, air became something to cut through and light moved slowly backwards. Now imagine trying to navigate through this landscape with an old map that described what the landscape used to be like, governed by the laws of gravity and classical mechanics.

The possibilities created by digital environments are not dissimilar to what a strange landscape would feel like. Using an old map will be of limited help. However, this digital environment is as yet uncharted, there are no complete maps as the possibilities just seem to be ever increasing.

Therefore, this elective will look specifically at the impact and the possibilities created by digital environments for art and design. Artists are usually the first people to engage with new technologies and reflect on their cultural implications and during this elective we will consider the history of this engagement as well as attempting to map out some of the current territory. It would be wrong to attempt to define digital environments at this early stage in its development, for now we will have to live with the fear of the unknown and balance this with the excitement of new discoveries.

So the aim is to encourage experimentation and a bold approach to this fast changing and expanding digital environment. It could be argued that art is no longer about pushing at the boundaries as those boundaries have now disappeared. Instead art is now at the forefront of redefining boundaries and engaging with questions that profoundly question how we define ourselves and the world around us.