Taught by: Stephanie Zimmerman
Offered as an online asynchronous course, students will explore the history of internet art—from the early net.art of the 1990s to contemporary works that engage with NFTs and AI. Throughout the semester, students will develop an understanding of the internet as a medium for and subject of creative expression—where did it come from, how does it work, how do we make things for it, and what do we want to say?
Through examining the cultural, social, political, and philosophical implications of internet art’s history, students in this course will gain critical thinking skills, enhancing their ability to analyze and engage with complex digital landscapes. Students will acquire practical skills in web development—including HTML, CSS, and jQuery—equipping them with valuable technical expertise for careers in digital media, design, or technology. Those in the course will also have the opportunity to conceptualize and create a series of web-based projects, which can serve as portfolio pieces for future academic pursuits or professional endeavors in the digital realm.
Steph Zimmerman is a multimedia artist blending audio, sculpture, video, and text in her installation-based art. She has exhibited nationally and internationally, and has attended residencies at Atlantic Center for the Arts, The Vermont Studio Center, Arteles Creative Center, and Paul Artspace. She is the recipient of a Creative Stimulus Award from Critical Mass for the Visual Arts and an Artist Support Grant from St. Louis’ Regional Arts Commission. Previously, she worked as a digital media manager at St. Louis Public Radio and St. Louis Magazine, where she developed online editorial features and video documentaries that covered mayoral races, the Ferguson protests, a presidential debate, and more. She received her MFA in art and design from Rutgers University and her BFA in digital media and photography from Washington University in St. Louis.