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January 19, 2009

Syllabus

Description
Art for the People/Art on Wheels is a vehicle for familiarizing students with the Minneapolis Art on Wheels (MAW) project, as well as a way for students to participate in MAW.

Minneapolis Art on Wheels is an on-going public arts initiative. We leverage advanced mobile technology to bring socially engaged art and technology into diverse communities. We aim to use the scale and accessibility of our exhibitions to make the Twin Cities an international leader in socially engaged and technologically enhanced creative projects. We are able to produce moving images up to several hundred feet, outdoors, in public spaces. Our emphasis on mobile devices (i.e. cellular phones) and gestural interaction with media (e.g. laser tag, real-time video tracking and gesture recognition) allows a wide audience to interact with mobile media. The project engages students in creative use of technology and materializes this engagement in the form of community outreach and temporary public art.

The goals of the course are:
1) To introduce students to MAW's hardware and software instruments for public and mobile projection
2) To create opportunities for students to create and show works for sound and video in public spaces
3) To create a collaboratory where students from divergent backgrounds and with different skills can interact, collaborate, create and resarch the many possibilities of mobile technologies applied to public art.

As we meet as a class only once per week, students are expected to spend around 6 hours per week on individual/group work outside of the classroom. Though some time will be allowed during class periods to work, most studio work should be done outside of the designated class time, so as to save that time for group work, demos, lectures and outings.

Schedule
Weeks 1-2: Introduction to public projections
Weeks 3-4: MAW instruments: Computer Hardware, Computer Software, Bikes, Mountings, etc.
Weeks 4-5:Laptop based digital video production and projection
Weeks 6-7:MAW Software tool kit
Weeks 8-11:Group Research Projects
Weeks 12-15: Final Projects

Grading
The breakdown for grading is as follows:
1) %25: Familiarity with MAW's instruments
2) %25: Contribution to group research project
3) %25: Final Project
4) %25: Participation and Attendance

MAW relies heavily on a wide range of technologies. As a result, it is expected that students show mastery of MAW's mobile projection instruments, as well as the basics digital video projection. Students' familiarity with these topics (covered during the first 4 weeks of the course) will be tested regularly and makes up %25 of the final grade. Student contribution to the group research project and the final project make up %25 each, and attendance and participation account for the remaining %25.
Participation
Participation, presence, intellectual contribution to the MAW community is the most important evaluation criteria.