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  Generating Ideas      

Due dates:

  • April 9, 2003
  • April 16, 2003
  • April 23, 2003
  • April 30, 2003

Using the Ideas Journal format:

  • Find 10 references/links of interest to you about genomic art, genetics, science as culture, or a related topic.
  • Record the exact search terms you used.
  • Cite each reference in MLA citation format.
  • Annotate each reference: Write a brief list of key ideas from each reference and your thoughts about them in your ideas journal.

Send by e-mail to instructor.
Due by 12 NOON on each of the above dates.


Each is worth a total of 100 points.
Contribution to overall grade is:

  Due dates: weekly  
  • See the Reading/Surfing section for each week in the course syllabus for required reading/surfing.
    • Complete the reading/surfing and write a one page Reading Response.
    • Make note of what is most interesting to you. This is the place to record the ideas that spark your imagination, things you want to explore further, and/or your responses to things you've seen/read.
    • When quoting or paraphrasing, include the citation information.
    • Due each week in class.
Each is worth a total of 100 points.
Contribution to overall grade is:
  Design by Sequence      

Due Dates:

  • Proposal:
    April 24, 2003
  • Project:
    May 8, 2003
  • This project introduces the concept of using naturally occurring (biological) patterns, processes, and sequences to determine the design of work in a different medium. For this project, we will be replacing the 4 bases of a DNA sequence with building blocks of our own choosing, and then exploring what happens to this newly created work when it undergoes the modifications that DNA is subjected to: replication, mutation, etc. The format and instructions for this project will be distributed in class. We will do this in three segments and talk about the progress of each stage in class. No previous art or science background is required to complete this project.
  • See: Design by Sequence - Instructions
100 points.
Contribution to overall grade is:

Due dates:

  • Topic proposal:
    May 22, 2003
  • Rough Draft:
    M ay 29, 2003
  • Final paper/project and presentation: June 5, 2003


  • This paper/project is to be a proposal for an original creative project that incorporates genetic concepts. You can create images, writing, sound, video or any other kind of supporting materials to present your project. You do not have to actually make the project, only propose and describe it in detail. It does not have to be "doable" in the "real world." It should be conceptually complete and address something in specific that you want to express through the project.
  • For the written research paper component, articulate your idea, discuss it in relation to concepts from the course pertaining to visual culture, genetics, society, ethics etc. and place the project in context, comparing and contrasting it to works by other artists. Provide information about the concepts and knowledge you have researched in conceiving the project and cite the references you have used in MLA format within the text at appropriate points.
  • A 5 minute presentation of the proposed project that includes images, and the paper is due on the last day of class.


Topic proposal: One well written paragraph. (half page max)

Rough draft: Two pages that includes the majority of your ideas. This should be more developed than an outline.

Final paper:

  • Format:
    • 6 pages in length, including images, can be more if appropriate.
    • typed, double spaced, 1 inch margins, page numbering at bottom
    • Stapled!
    • ABSTRACT: At the start of the paper there must be an Abstract.
      • This is a one paragraph summary of your paper that contains the main idea, the supporting topics/arguments and conclusions. Note: This will go onto your web page for this course.
    • The BODY of the paper contains the remainder of the content for your paper.
    • Use images as appropriate, but not as "filler" to extend the length.
    • For images that are not original, you must credit the source with complete information as a caption along with the use of the image.
  • Bibliography
    • 10 references that are cited in the paper.
    • MLA format
    • Five of the references may be URL/websites and the other five must be hard-copy sources.
  • The emphasis is on originality and quality of both the ideas and writing, as well as your ability to relate your project to the concepts covered in class discussions, course readings and the references you cite.

Due dates

  • The paper and presentation are due on June 5, 2003.
  • Bring the typed paper to class.
  • Bring your presentation and the MS-word version of your paper to turn in on CD-Rom or Zip disk.

Final presentation: prepare a 5 minute presentation to share with the group on our last day of class. Include images or other media elements as appropriate. Create this in PowerPoint or html and prepare a quality/polished presentation.

100 points.
Contribution to the overall grade is 40%
      Writing hints and guidelines    
  • Participation in weekly course discussions.
    • We will discuss the ideas, links and readings in class.
    • We will discuss projects and topics in class
100 points
Contribution to overall grade:

  • Weekly course attendance