School of Arts

CM New Media 1

This course is part of the programme:
Master's programme in Media Arts and Practices

Objectives and competences

In the scope of this module’s objectives the student, in gradual progression, covers all essential topics, tools and methodologies relevant for autonomous production work in the specific area of New Media within Media Arts and Practices.

By successfully completing this module, the student confirms the competence to:

- Display a good overview and command of all essential knowledge and skills within the specific area of New Media;

- Autonomously and consistently conceive, develop and apply a coherent production project in the specific area of New Media;

- Grow autonomously as independent learner, producer and/or developer in active exchange with mentors and peers.


General knowledge in the field of new media art, environments and/or interactive technologies; expressed interest and basic competence in the specific area, preferably through display of programming and/or new media systems analysis and production skills; a reflected ability of conceptual artwork development as well as interdisciplinary and inter-media thinking; an advanced computer literacy on at least intermediate level, and a demonstrated command of basic contemporary tools for recording and editing of video, sound and image.

Content (Syllabus outline)

The following syllabus, including its aims and outcomes, comprises the vertical structure of all 3 semesters to support the student’s individual pathway in gradually attaining full competence within the (Carrier Module) NEW MEDIA area of Media Arts and Practices. After “EXPLORING” various possibilities within the area, the student “DEFINES” own field of interest, and eventually “FOCUSES” on her/his project.

Semester 1, Carrier Module NEW MEDIA – “Explore”:

- comparative case studies of historical and contemporary new media practices

- new-media specific expression and communication of basic elements and forms (case analyses and practical exercise)

- communication and collaboration media in conceptual and aesthetical contexts

- (introductory level) explorations in selected contemporary issues in new media of social, cultural, environmental, or student (group)'s individual importance

- initial/explorative project concept: various individual new-media concepts and expressions (related to Studio and/or final master project)

- initial/explorative project plan: exploring various possibilities and reviewing resources (of own skills, equipment, finances, time etc., related to Studio and/or final master project)

- exploring (own and others’) project roles and competencies

Semester 2, Carrier Module NEW MEDIA – “Define”:

- (advanced level) definitions in selected contemporary issues in new media of social, cultural, environmental, or student (group)'s individual importance

- defined project concept: autonomous development of new-media concepts and expression forms (related to the final master project, or a Studio project)

- defined project plan: managing resources (of skills/knowledge/cadres, equipment, finances, time etc., related to the final master project, or a Studio project)

- defined roles and competencies in the master or a Studio project

Semester 3, Carrier Module NEW MEDIA – “Focus”:

- focused on the project concept: developing an original new-media concept and expression related to the final master project

- focused on the project plan: autonomously managing resources (HRM, equipment, finances, time etc., related the final master project)

- focused on roles and competencies in the master project (own and of possible collaborators)

- focused on project implementation: initializing, producing and finalizing the master project concept according to plan

After semester 3 the student implements and/or finalizes the master project within the scope of the Master Thesis module, in semester 4.

Intended learning outcomes

Knowledge and understanding:

(At the end of this module the Student, according to the level of involvement »explore«, »define« or »focus«...)

- Has critical knowledge and understanding of the essential facts, concepts and discourses relevant for communication and collaboration in the specific area of New Media

- Understands the importance and specific requirements of autonomously conceiving, developing and realizing a project in the area of New Media

- Has a an overview of specialist theoretical perspectives framing the selected New Media area, and the chosen project topic or methodological focus


(The Student, according to the level of involvement »explore«, »define« or »focus«...)

- Critically and correctly applies tools and methodologies as relevant and contemporary in the selected New Media area

- Identifies, plans, organizes and executes project work, demonstrating autonomous decision-taking and process monitoring

- Functions effectively as an autonomous production coordinator, and author, in a collaborative environment among mentors, professionals and academic peers.



Purg, Peter: The New Media Reader. Materials Compendium, UNG (to be published) 2012/13.

Tribe, Mark, Reena Jana: New Media Art, Introduction. Taschen. 2006.

Manovich, Lev: The Language of New Media. MIT Press. 2002. (or MIT Press, 2002; Leonardo books)

Bush, Vannevar: As We May Think. In: Atlantic Monthly; July 1945: Volume 176, Number 1.


Chapman, Jenny, Nigel Chapman. Digital Multimedia. Wiley & Sons. 2009.

De Kerckhove, Derrick: The Skin of Culture. Kogan Page. 1998.

Fleischmann, Monika in Reinhard, Ulrike (Ur). Digital Transformations – Media Art as at the Interface between Art, Science, Economy and Society (2002)

Glazier, Loss Pequeno: Digital Poetics. The Making of E-Poetries. University Alabama Press. 2008.

Marshall, P. David. New Media Cultures. Oxford University Press. 2004.

Packer, Randall in Jordan, Ken (Ed.). Multimedia. From Wagner to Virtual Reality. W. W. Norton & Company. 2001.

Thissen, Frank in J. G. Rager. Screen Design Manual: Communicating Effectively Through Multimedia. Springer. 2004 (2012).

Wand, Bruce: Art of the Digital Age. Thames & Hudson. 2007.

(Additional, non-English) Purg, Peter:

  • (GER) “Hypertext as Form and Place of Collective Creativity” 2010, PFAU, Kunst und Technik in medialen Räumen.
  • (GER) ”Bodies in Interactive Space” (scientific monograph) 2007, VDM.
  • (SLO) ”The Art of Mixed Reality” 2010, Amfiteater.

Selected online databases:


- MAH Archive:


- Festival arhives:




Type (examination, oral, coursework, project): – regular coursework according to syllabus – final documentation, with presentation – oral examination Grading scheme: 50% regular coursework 20% final documentation 30% final presentation and/or oral exam

Lecturer's references

PETER PURG currently leads the New Media module in the B.A. Digital Arts and Practices programme at the School of Arts, University of Nova Gorica, where he acts as assistant professor and projects coordinator. He holds a PhD in media art, communication science and literature from the University of Erfurt (Germany), publishing and producing in and in-between the areas. His artistic interests range from inter-/multimedia performances and interactive installations to web, sound and body art, with a particular focus on public space. His scientific inquiries include media arts pedagogy, collective authorship, discourse poetics, media ecology and culture jamming as well as interaction design, e-learning, interdisciplinary and intercultural management. He currently leads two international academic projects, ADRIART (Advancing Digitally Renewed Interactions in Art Teaching) and HiLoVv (Hidden Lives of Venice on Video), and acts as programme leader of Media Production Management international study programme at IAM-CMPM (Slovenia) for Middlesex University (UK). He lead the interdisciplinary collective Bobnars United with over a hundred music events, research projects and intermedia productions between 2001 and 2006, as well as conceived anti-consumerism interventions within the Podgana PPP street performance group. In 2011 he was awarded “Prometheus of Science for Excellence in Communication” by The Slovenian Science Foundation; he is member of the “University-Business Cooperation” with the European Commission. Peter Purg also acts as independent consultant/advisor or project manager in several research and development projects for the public (schools, universities, ministries) and the private sector.

/selected publications and works/

(selected publications; English translations where applicable; all scientific and professional articles or monographs):

  • “Hypertext as Form and Place of Collective Creativity” 2010, PFAU, Kunst und Technik in medialen Räumen (Germany)
  • ”Bodies in Interactive Space” (scientific monograph) 2007, VDM (Germany)
  • ”The Art of Mixed Reality” 2010, Amfiteater (Slovenia)
  • “Performative disturbance of public space”, 2011 (2002), FDV/Memefest: “Demonstrating relevance: response-ability: theory, practice and imagination of socially responsive communication” (Slovenia)
  • ”An Intercultural Understanding of Man and Machine in Managing Interdisciplinary Cooperation” 2006, Faculty of Management Koper, University of Primorska (Slovenia)
  • »Media Performance of the Word Itself« 2008, Amfiteater (Slovenia)
  • “New Technologies for Sustainable Teaching and Learning” 2009, JTEFS, Journal of Teacher Education for Sustainability, (Poland/Germany/Latvia)
  • ”Con-creativity among Local and Global Networks” 2006, Dichtung Digital (Germany/USA)
  • “Dialoguing Man and Machine” 2004, ART-E-FACT (Croatia)
  • “Envisioning New Post-Scientific Europe Through Culturally Balanced Use of Technology in Learning” 2010, IJMIE, International Journal of Management in Education (USA)
  • ”An e-Learning Curriculum for Europe 2.0” 2008, University Centre for Euro-Mediterranean Studies (Slovenia) and European Institute of the Mediterranean (Spain)
  • ”Ecology of Web 2.0” 2008, Slovenian Informatics Society (Slovenia)

(performed works, selection:)

  • ”Trans-lation = Pre-vod = Über-setzung” (multimedia literary performance, director & performer) K4, 1999 (Slovenia)
  • “PIS-DRINK”, “STOP-SHOP”, “PCycle”, “Bulky Plaste” (street art media performance series, co-director & performer), Podgana PPP, 2002-2006 (Slovenia)
  • “BUmBUs” (series of music and multimedia performances with integrated inter-disiplinary research, coordinator & performer), Bobnars United, 2003-2005 (Slovenia, Serbia)
  • “Body in Interactive Space” (new media performance), 2005, Germany
  • “Literature and Digital Culture” (teaching-cum-performance series) 2005-2009, Germany, Slovenia, Croatia Macedonia, Bulgaria
  • “Catharsis of Neptun“ (site-specific performance and installation) 2011, Croatia
  • “Return of Neptun” (site-specific video installation) 2012, Croatia

University course code: 1MU004

Year of study: 1

Course principal:



Course type: carrier module

Learning and teaching methods:
forms: - frontal teaching - autonomous student work - seminar discussions - online work and communication - individual and small group mentor meeting - internal presentation methods: - data analysis and synthesis - work with secondary resources - verbal and written discussion - (media-rich) text development and editing - work with hardware and software tools - data presentation