To help support your creative explorations and to become familiar with work in the field, you will prepare a supportive case study related to each creative project. This is designed to encorage you to go beyond the course materials, to uncover new ideas and techniques related to the topics at hands, and to develop materials and collatoral that provide context and rationale to your creative projects. To incentivize this self-directed exploration, it is a graded component of this course.
A case study is a 150-300 word statement that introduces work from the field. The case study should be related to the topics under investigation, be relevant to the course materials, but go beyond them to provide a new perspective that is a) immediately useful to your work and b) potentially relevant to the work of others in the class.
Your case study can take a few different approaches:
Generally speaking, a case study should introduce things (projects, artefacts, outcomes, systems, etc.) not ideas (research, ideas, theory, concepts). The latter will be dealt with through the ‘think piece’ exercises. That said, you will need to discuss the ideas surrounding the work to properly introduce them. But you again have latitude with this. If in doubt, ask!
Simply put this exercise asks you, find, assess and report resources that will help you make better projects as part of this course.
As part of the exercise, students will:
Add your documented example to the #casestudies as a new post on slack (see below).
This post should contain a short narrative (200-350 words) about the work. This should provide a critical reflection on the selected work, it’s significance and contribution to the field.
The case study should include appropriate citations, link to each project and credit creators appropriately.
You’ll submit your precedents on Slack. Each case study should be submitted separately.
To submit your work:
+on the left hand side. Choose the option to ‘Create a new post’
Sharebutton on the top right.
Important: the hashtag will be used to automatically check you have made the required posts for each module. If you forget to include it you won’t get a grade for the post.
In each post, write a short critical reflection on the case study (about 300 words) in which you:
The post should contain supporting materials (video, audio, data, code, documents that will help serve as augmentation of the project narrative and represent the case study to your peers. You should provide at minimum one cover/masthead image at the top of the project and you should import from online sources (YouTube, Vimeo, etc.).
Examples of comparable narratives for case studies include:
Most of the works presented in New Art/Science Affinities
Case studies will be graded as pass/fail:
0 - Unsatisfactory - Incomplete or failing work. The example does not fit within the constraints of the project, is not relevant to the course or does not demonstrate any comprehension, reflection or analysis on it.
1 - Satisfactory or better - Meets or exceeds the minimum requirements for the exercise; Highlights a good example within the scope of the exercise AND shows adequate research and reflection.
This will be applied to EACH discovery.
To guarantee you pass the assignment, make sure you have:
* Incidates that if you do not meet these criteria you will immediately fail the assignment.
More information can be found in the Grading, Feedback and Policies section
To help guide your explorations, a list of potential places to find exemplars, case studies, labs, etc are found in the Resources section of this site.
Note: This is by no means an exhaustive list. You should explore beyond these!