This syllabus is a guide. It will help to give you a sense of the pace of the course, with the due dates for each of the major, student–generated, course components. Essential readings and technical resources will be introduced weekly. Our expectations for you are high. When possible, we will respond to student interests in an improvisational manner and shape the course accordingly. We will, periodically, add readings, technical tips and conceptual frameworks to cultivate the inquiry and creative work that we expect from all students.
The specifics of the related artistic, intellectual, and technical resources will be posted online.
It will be your responsibility to check regularly to learn about upcoming events and available resources.
Week 1 Introducing ourselves, the course topic and the studio resources
9/4, 9/6 Talking to Machines ~ explorations in language and culture
Imagining interaction and behavior / Introducing microcontrollers
… the ins, the outs and the processing in between
Archive your documentation of what you imagine as the course begins.
Introducing the pico cricket
Week 2 Sensors, Sensing, Sensation
9/11, 9/13 Sensing the Intangible - An Introduction to the First Project
Sensory Explorations / DIY Sensor and electronics introduction
Prototype your touch sensor concept; make it tangible.
Documentation your process from concept to prototype.
Week 3 Expanding the Vocabulary of Response
9/18, 9/20 Prototype Sensory Interactions
Week 4 Continue developing Sensing the Intangible with a focus on the experience of Touch
9/25, 9/27 Experiment with fabrication techniques.
Present your current concept for an interactive approach to Sensing the Intangible
Using text and the visual media of your choice, archive your documentation on the blog
Meet the Arduino
Week 5 Discuss presentation of the first project – Touch as it relates to "Sensing the Intangible" prototype
10/2, 10/4 Introduce the Installation and Performance Space for the collaborative installation
Exploring the Arduino
Reflect on the sensation of touch, informed by the reading: Skin
Week 6 "Sensing the Intangible" - Touch prototypes in process - continuing explorations with the Arduino
Week 7 Present Touch prototypes
10/16, 10/18 Artist Presentations
Week 8 Complete presentations of Touch Prototypes
10/23, 10/25 Artist Presentations
Special GUEST - Amon Millner, PhD candidate at the MIT Media Lab visits us on his way back from Maker Faire
Visit Nash Gallery focus on the kinetic and the interactive in Guy Baldwin's work
Complete and Post documentation of Touch prototypes
Week 9 Present initial ideas related to response, reaction, action in "Sensing the Intangible"
10/30, 11/1 Artist Presentations
Week 10 Presentation of project concepts – Interactive Works in Process
11/6, 11/8 Develop working sketches of the responsive, reactive of active behavior that you are exploring while working on Interactive Works in Process towards final project.
Week 11 Introducing Final Project, The Interactive and the In-Tangible
Discussion of Final Project, collaborative and individual approaches
11/13 11/15 Presentation Interactive Works in Process for feedback on
Week 12 Continue working on Final Project
11/20, 11/22 (holiday)
Presentation of Preliminary sketches/research for Final Project, The "Interactive and the In-Tangible"
Week 13 Presentation of in-process sketches/research
11/27, 11/29 In Progress Critique /feedback related to the Final Project
Week 14 Continue working on Final Project, prepare for final installation
Week 15 Final Project - due for presentation in class
12/11 Last Class, review of installation
Wee 16 ALL Documentation Due for review on the blog
12/18 Check announcement on the blog for the list of related documentation