Long Term Assignments:
Your participation in the class: labs, quizzes, demonstrations, discussions, or any other events or small assignments (that are not Weekly Report or Reading Responses) that we do during the semester. You will earn points for this participation.
On top of the Weekly Blog Report, additional blog entries are required to complete for this course.
You are going to be directed to make multiple posts per week. Again this is your sketchbook. This includes assignments to extensively document all your research. This is even more important for your Final project. Images, videos, and audio need to be high quality to document and demonstrate your craftsmanship and focus.
Your first two participation assignments are below:
Setup a BLOG
Students will maintain a blog as a sketchbook and public portfolio for the work. This will be counted in Participation grade.
- Login to your UWF gmail account, navigate to the BLOGGER link, and start a blog exclusively for the materials in this course.
- You may name the blog whatever you wish
- you must use the Simple Template (you may cutomize colors, backgrounds, etc.)
- email the link to the instructor
- example: https://vimeo.com/179772354
Set up Google Drive SHARED FOLDER
This semester I would like you to turn in certain materials using Google Drive. You will log-in to your account and set up a shared folder with me. This will be counted in Participation grade.
- Create a new shared folder in Google Drive.
- Name with these conventions: lastnamefirstinitial _4633_fa18
e.g. Joe Smith will make a folder named smithj_4633_fa18
- Share this folder with instructor. firstname.lastname@example.org
- Use the message option to notify instructor that the folder is up.
- Still confused on how to share? See this video
Long Term Assignment: Weekly Blog Reports 7points
- Each week, there is an assignment record the week’s work in a separate post. Think of this as your digital sketchbook. DO not confuse this with the other blog posts assigned.
- Each week, provide one adeququate written statement of your achievements for the week. Sugesstions for the topic of this separate report: reflect on skills you are practicing, evaluate your performance, discuss successes and challenges, etc. These posts need to demonstrate examination of your week, not only a laundry list of your activities.
High perfroming students will make multiple reflection posts per week. Posts of images, videos, and audio are encouraged, but keep in mind these recordings need to be high quality.
Puny, weak posts will not be credited.
Long Term Assignments: Reading & Responses 10points
- You are required to read assigned texts and write responses when directed. Reading responses should be short form between 300 to 1000 original words. You may quote from the article but, quotes are not to be counted toward word count. Identify and analyze key issues in the text. Students who simply summarize the reading will not receive credit for the entry.
Project 0: UPGRADE YOUR WETWARE 3points
All media work us over completely. They are so persuasive in their personal, political, economic, aesthetic, psychological, moral, ethical, and social consequences that they leave no part of us untouched, unaffected, unaltered. The medium is the massage. Any understanding of social and cultural change is impossible without a knowledge of the way media work as environments. All media are extensions of some human faculty – psychic or physical.
—Marshall McLuhan(p. 26, The Medium is the Massage, 1967)
The wheel is an extension of the foot, the book is an extension of the eye, clothing an extension of the skin, electric circuitry an extension of the central nervous system.
—Marshall McLuhan(p. 40, The Medium is the Massage, 2001)
- What upgrade do you propose for your body? Propose an extension of your existing senses and awarenesses. Make a poster that proposes your upgrade. Show us in words, diagrams, images your upgraded self.
- Make it 11x17inches, follow good image making protocols (300dpi and use some decent paper).
- Post the image on your blog as well with some written narrative about your upgrade and the inspiration
- some inspiration:
Locutus of Borg
This Android is definitiely not dreaming of Electric Sheep
Project 1: Noise Art 10points
build an electronic device from a plan by a internationally known sound artist, modify (circuit bend) the device, and design/build/integrate these parts into a final interface.
- Concepts and Skills:
- intermediate experince with electronics theory(conduction, continuity, resistance, etc.)
- intermediate experience with prototyping on the breadborad, soldering
- intermediate experience with electronic components, printed circuit boards, diagramming
- intro to critical interface design, modification (modding), adaptation of existing tech, reductionist interface vs. poetic interface
- Build a kit device: Castro's Tactile Noise Machine. Students will breadboard their designs in order to discover a set of unique sounds and practice protyping and PCB construction techniques. Integrate the soldered version of the project into User Interface. Exploration of the User Interface as a critical, creative and/or artistic medium. Public Critique Evaluation.
Project 3: Arduino Prototyping 25points
- Work in groups up to three. Create a simple electronic circuit with input and ouput using Arduino. Find a place in public to demonstrate it. What will you need to make the device intergrate/interact/intervene with the environment? Why there? What does the user interaction look like? How does tht interface effect responses. Will it scream out for attention or fade into the surroundings? to make a statement?
Document and record for the blog: Please write a narrative of the experience(s).Also post visual evidence on the blog. Stills images provide some documentation, but video, stop motion animation, etc. are more effective to communicate a complex interaction. Presentation of the work will be done in a class critique.
FINAL Project 40points
- must use arduino
- use sensor(s)
- have an analog input that can be activated by viewer (i.e. switch)
- does something ‘physical’
A semester long project to utilize the course skills developed to develop a product that engages Human Machine Interface, design, popular aesthetics, fashion, etc. This project requires propose a design, investigate the technology, prototype, build an example and publicly publish your findings.
Part I: Thoroughly familiarize yourself with online creative communities like instructables, Element14, Hack-A-Day, Lifehacker, etc. Develop a proposal for a new product, new iteration, a “masterful and well-crafted kluge”, etc. of technology and interface. You may pursue a product in these categories of apparel/fashion, toys, tools, furnishings, and art. Product must exhibit some sort of interactive art.
Part II: Develop a project tutorial or a series of tutorials to be uploaded to Instructables. These guides should be a thorough and exhaustive demonstration of all the techniques, hacks, modifications, and mergers to arrive at your tool, gadget, solution, invention, etc. Students will be evaluated on the quality of the documentation, methodology, instruction clarity, etc. Craftsmanship counts! Project needs instructor approval by 12th Week. These projects are due uploaded and public in the 15th week of the semester.