Instructor: Sam Lavigne | email@example.com
Teaching Assistant: Fernando Ramallo
Track: Code Poetry, Spring 2019
Location: School for Poetic Computation | 155 Bank St, New York, NY 10014
Time: Thursdays 10am to 1pm
Office Hours: Thursdays 2pm to 4pm (or by appointment)
Class Notes: (link to come)
Scrapism is the artistic practice of web scraping, or of automatically collecting and transforming found digital material. It hinges upon a combination of curatorial practice, reverse engineering, and hoarding mentality. In this class students will learn how to scrape massive quantities of material from the internet with Python, and then use that material to make poetic, satirical, critical, political projects. Each session we will cover a different web scraping technique, with production assignments relating to text, image and video. We will explore surrealist, dadaist, situationist techniques such as detournement, collage, and cut-ups, and apply them to a contemporary digital context.
1. March 21st
Introductions. Using the terminal. Reading lines.
- Intro to the command line
- Python basics
- Artificial Hells (introduction and chapter 1) By Claire Bishop
- Create a work of computationally generated poetry using only command-line tools.
2. March 28th
Intro to python. Manipulating text. Automating writing.
- Transform a non-poetic text into a poetic text using Python. It is up to you to determine how and why a text is poetic or non-poetic. If you are stuck, try techniques like sorting, randomizing, filtering, deleting, or replacing.
3. April 4th
Web scraping basics. Making big lists.
- Make a big list. The source material for your list can be anything you find online.
4. April 11th
Web scraping part 2. APIs. Advanced text manipulation and parsing.
- Analyze and/or critique a text programmatically.
5. April 18th
- Tech reading 5 (see slack)
- Too Much World: Is the Internet Dead? by Hito Steyerl
- Create an automatic collage
6. April 25th
- Tech reading 6 (see slack)
- Surrealism: the Last Snapshot of the European Intelligentsia by Walter Benjamin
- Create a video piece by automatically editing together material you find online or shoot yourself.
7. May 2nd
Bots, modules, applications, and web. Or, how to reuse your code for multiple outcomes.
- Create a tool or a service that allows other people to interact with your work. This could mean a command line program, a website, or a bot etc. You can reuse a project you've already started on, or make something completely new.
- Jenny Odell - Satellite Collections
- Everest Pipkin
- Ben Grosser - Facebook Demtricator
- Heather Dewey-Hagborg - Stranger Visions
- Zach Blas - Face Cages
- Angela Washko
- Andrew Badr - Your World of Text
- Allison Parrish
- Christian Marclay - The Clock
- Golan Levin - The Secret Lives of Numbers
Fun and useful Python Libraries
- moviepy - edit video
- vidpy - edit video (my library)
- videogrep - make supercuts (my library)
- youtube-dl - download videos
- pillow - edit images
- flask - web server
- twython - use the twitter api
- spacy - natural language processing
- requests - easy http requests
- envelopes - send email
- opencv - computer vision
- asciimatics - text-based interfaces and animation
- colorama - easy color in the terminal