Code & Repräsentation V

Sarah Grant
Institute of Fine Arts and Media Art, Digital Arts
2023W, artistic Seminar (SEK), 2.0 ECTS, 2.0 semester hours, course number S04891


Considering communications networks in the context of art and activism reveals a number of creative and critical approaches to working with radio and computer networking technology. Communication networks is a rich subject area to explore - from political implications (are protocols political / access to data networks / ownership of data and infrastructure) to thinking of networks from a purely materialistic point of view.  

In this seminar workshop, we will experiment with the electromagnetic spectrum, considering network as material as well as network infrastructure as material. Can we build an antenna from a tree, a network from slime mould traces, transmit information through water? Before jumping into these more experimental activities, we will start with an introduction for total beginners to the software tools needed for developing our own net-based projects.

Examination Modalities

Attendance and the development of a network-based project is required for successful completion of the seminar. It is also possible to develop a project using physical materials (paint, wood, other sculptural materials) that interfaces with the digital component of your project.

It is greatly encouraged to develop your project idea out of your own practice and interests. 


This class will be taught using the command line in our computer terminals as our workspace. No prior experience in the command line is required to successfully complete the seminar. All technical concepts, tools, and approaches will be explained and demonstrated from a beginner's level. This can be adjusted on a one-to-one basis for more technologically advanced students.

Key Words

networks, object sculpture, media installation, internet art, radio, interactive art, interventionist art, media art


13 October 2023, 14:00–18:00 Conference Room 17
27 October 2023, 14:00–18:00 Conference Room 17
10 November 2023, 14:00–18:00 Conference Room 17

Course Enrolment

Via online registration

Media Arts: Specialisation in Digital Arts (2. Section): Künstlerische Methodik und Technologie digitaler Kunst: Code & Repräsentation I - V 567/202.07

TransArts - Transdisciplinary Arts (Bachelor): Artistic and art technology foundations: Artistic and art technology foundations 180/002.01

Co-registration: not possible

Attending individual courses: not possible