Time-Based Art

Time based art includes media such as performance, sound and video. Work can be shown in traditional gallery presentations, site-specific installations, performances and public screenings. Time based art is a production of creative research.

Contact Chris Vargas for more information about Time-based Art at WWU.


Check the course catalog for descriptions and prerequisites.

  • ART 280 - Time and Motion
  • ART 335 - Intermedia, Mixed Media, Time-Based Art and Installation
  • ART 385 - Time-Based Art
  • ART 386 - Experimental Video Production: Narrative and Documentary

Animated Shorts - Spring 2023

cartoonish scene of a wizard-like character walking among 5 pointed stars on a dark background
Virtual Exhibition

Two more fantastic projects from Chris E. Vargas' 2D Experimental Animation class. The students worked together on each of these projects. Enjoy!

Animated Shorts - Spring 2022

illustration of a person hanging from a desk in a small room as if gravity is upside-down for the person and not the furniture
Virtual Exhibition

These projects are a selection of works from Chris E. Vargas' 2D Experimental Animation class. The works utilize a variety of techniques such as rotoscope (frame-by-frame tracing of live-action footage), 2D camera-based stop-motion (using materials ranging from cut paper to paint-on-glass), digital animation (using Adobe After Effects and Animate), as well as a blend of multiple techniques in one! Enjoy!

Animated Shorts 2021

Cartoon illustration of a young person sitting on a bed in a bedroom
Virtual Exhibition

Students in Chris E. Vargas' 397Z class produced these animations using only using the tools available to them: cameras, phones, laptops, and whatever materials they had on hand.

Samples include a rotoscope project (frame-by-frame tracing of live-action footage) and a 2D stop-motion project, among many other skillful and imaginative works.

Upside-Down Times

illustration of a penguin surrounded by giant virus molecules
Virtual Exhibition

A selection of works from Chris E. Vargas' Experimental 2D Animation class. In this mix of stop-motion and rotoscoped animation, students engage with and comment on the topsy-turvy, upside down, anxious, surreal, stressful times we’re all living through.