Below is a basic outline of the activities you’ll engage in as part of this course.
The first week will coordinate teams across both courses in building a common understanding of the challenges and opportunities involved in exploring and producing unsettling, otherworldly technologies.
|Introductions: What’s spooky about technology today?||Independent||Thursday, Jan 20|
We will follow a three-week cycle of research, investigation, design and review. Each design exploration module will include an introduction lecture, a guest speaker, readings and screenings, discussions, technical workshop(s), desk crits and a final project critique. The projects will involve a speculative prompt for critical making.
|Investigation - That Which Is Hidden||Independent||Thursday, Feb 1|
|Investigation - Haunted Devices / Device Hauntologies||Collaborative||Tuesday, Mar 29|
Following the investgations, we’ll take stock, reflect on the outcomes to date and examine where we’re at. This will lead to a synthesis of ideas into a proposal which blends the supernatural, space and technology as an installation/intervention.
|Questions and Reflections||Independent||Thursday, Mar 31|
|Integrated Proposal||Collaborative||Tuesday, April 5|
The remainder of the semester will be used to build a set of responsive, networked prototypes for deployment for public conversations. The organization of schedules, build time, and delegation of tasks will be accomplished by the student teams.
At the end of the semester, collaborative teams will work together to identify a shared approach for a critically-informed responsive mobile environment, prepare a working prototype, and deliver supporting process and outcome documentation.
|Final Project: Internal Crit||Collaborative||Thursday, Apr 28|
|Final Project: Showcase||Collaborative||Wednesday, May 4 (TBC)|
|Final Project: Reflection||Collaborative||Thursday, May 5|
|Final Documentation||Collaborative||Sunday, May 8|
|Tues, Jan 18||Introduction to the course and concepts
Introduction to Spooky Technology
|Intro Assignment: What’s Spooky about Technology Today? Given|
|Thurs, Jan 20||Course Logistics. Introductions from Students through Examples.||Think piece on that which is hidden on Slack in #thinkpieces.|
Note. Introductions and Investigation I are blended because we are remote for the first two weeks of class.
|Tues, Jan 18||Intro||Introduction to Spooky Technology|
|Thur, Jan 20||Cases||Course Logistics. Introductions from Students through Examples.|
|Tues, Jan 25||Guest||Guest Speaker: Dan Lockton. What Ifs|
|Thur, Jan 27||Work||Think Piece Review. Work Session - Feedback on Concepts|
|Tues, Feb 1||Review||Screening of creative project.
Prepare a 2 minute video.
|Tues, Mar 29||Reflection on Investigations I & II||Questions & Reflections Given|
|Thur, Mar 31||Introduction to Final Project
In-Class Synthesis Reports - 2-3 minutes per student. Teamstorming.
|Thur, Mar 31||Intro||Project Given.
Precedents Introduced. Teamstorming + Topic finding.
|Tues, Apr 5||Concepts||Review of Driving Questions.
Developing Imaginary Abstracts. In Class Exercise.
Synthesis Think Piece Assigned.
|Thur, Apr 7||No Class||Carnival Weekend|
|Tues, Apr 12||Concepts||Materalizing Alternatives: Rough Cut Artefact or Conceptual Designs
Desk Crits and Group Work.
|Thur, Apr 14||Prototyping||NodeRed and prototyping networked interactions|
|Tues, Apr 19||Concepts||Scenography and Diagetic Designs.
|Thur, Apr 21||Prototyping||Refining Technical Prototypes (PCBs, power considerations, etc.)|
|Tues, Apr 26||Concepts||Internal Crit w/ Rough Cut Revision & draft supporting materials
Feedback from invited guests.
Discussion on staging.
|Thur, Apr 28||Prototyping||Desk Crits / Group Work.
Wrap on the course.
|Tues, May 3||Office Hours||Optional feedback and support.|
|Wed, May 4||Exhibit||Installation of Prototypes.
|Thur, May 5||Reflection||Debrief and reflection on exhibition.
Feedback from returning guests.