Inanimate Alice is used as an example of “internet art” at the Art Gallery, University of Maryland. The Art Gallery’s “Slow Reveal” -collection of links to internet art sites – was just launched yesterday.

Some of the context of internet art:

“Once the Internet emerged as a mass global communication network in the mid-1990s, artists quickly recognized the possibilities for creative innovation as well as the opportunity to question and redefine the conventions of art. The original term net.art referred to a certain group of artists: Vuk Ćosić, Jodi.org, Alexei Shulgin, Olia Lialina, and Heath Bunting, who identified themselves more as on-line activists.[1] The Internet created an opportunity for them to address some of the most pressing social and ethical issues of the day. As with cable and video in the mid-twentieth century, these artists began inserting themselves into the framework of the Internet while removing themselves from institutional art spaces.” {[1] For more information on early Internet Art, see Stallabrass, Julien. Internet art: online clash with culture and commerce. London: Tate Publishing, 2003.}

Of the works the Art Gallery links to, they say:

“The creators of digital narratives and their audience are responding to the tools of our time, in an attempt to make meaning of our everyday experiences.”

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Inanimate Alice

NOMINATIONS ANNOUNCED
19 February 2008

The nominations for the 2008 Learning on Screen Awards, which are organised by the British Universities Film & Video Council (BUFVC), have been agreed by the panel of twelve distinguished judges.
The winners will be announced at the Learning on Screen Awards ceremony on 18 March at the National Science Learning Centre, University of York.”

Inanimate Alice has been nominated for the “GENERAL EDUCATION – Interactive Production” award!

More information is here.

Today at the EU Commission Building in Brussels at 11:20 GMT marks the launch of the Inanimate Alice Education Portal!

Right now we’re in the throws of conducting a pilot project looking at Inanimate Alice in the classroom. Thanks to a group of teachers we’ll soon be sharing their experiences and feedback here on this blog.

“Today we seem to face a quandary. On the one hand there are anxieties about the reliability of internet sites and concerns of how to educate students to make informed online decisions. On the other hand we have the National Curriculum in England and Media Literacy outcomes in Canada as evidence of the important role technological skills play in all sorts of learning environments. But how can teachers successfully integrate new media literacies into classrooms? I have found Inanimate Alice as an exemplar new media fiction that is easily assimilated into learning environments. With its use of multimodality (images, sounds, text, interaction) students have the opportunity to see storytelling in a new, multisensory light. Being able to interact with the fiction and explore and critique how all the modes interact has given students an opportunity to develop their new literacy skills. As one of my students said after reading Episode 1 for the first time: “Inanimate Alice is a very innovative way of telling as story.” In my teaching experience Inanimate Alice has proven to be an excellent new media fiction which allows students to develop multiple literacies (literary, cinematic, artistic, etc…) in combination with the highly collaborative and participatory nature of the online environment.”

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iTeach Inanimate Alice Education Pack

Teachers who are interested in using Inanimate Alice in their classrooms are invited to download an education pack full of lesson plans and student resources. Register here and then download.

Come back soon.