DXARTS 198 A: Digital Arts Seminar

Meeting Time: 
TWThF 9:30am - 12:00pm
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James Coupe

Syllabus Description:

DXARTS 198: Discovery Seminar 2020

Peeping Toms & Big Brothers: The Art of Surveillance

Big Brother is watching … but so are we. From closed-circuit television to reality TV, Google Maps to Facebook, surveillance is an increasingly pervasive feature of everyday life. It impacts the ways we communicate, date, travel, learn and — perhaps most importantly — look at the world.

In this seminar, you’ll be introduced to a variety of surveillance-related materials, techniques and media, and use them to make art. We’ll view and discuss works that explore surveillance by a variety of artists, filmmakers and writers. 

James Coupe [coupe@uw.edu]

Class mailing list
dxarts198a_au21@uw.edu    (NOTE: you'll need to post email using your UW NetID email)


There are 3 projects. Attendance at the critique sessions (via Zoom) is mandatory. Your grade will break down as described in the section below.


Grading of all assignments will be based upon the quality of concept, experimentation, work ethic and realisation. The overall class grade will be broken down as follows:

  • Participation: 25% (including lab demos / in-class participation / reading)
  • Projects: 75% (25% each)

Any missed assignments will lower your grade substantially, so it is VERY important that all work is completed. Everything in the class builds on previous work, so do not fall behind. Late work will not be accepted.


Catalog Description: 
Topics vary and are announced during the preceding quarter. Taught by UW faculty and visiting artists, engineers, scientists, and humanities scholars.
GE Requirements: 
Visual, Literary, and Performing Arts (VLPA)
Last updated: 
July 7, 2021 - 11:54pm