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ART3613C digital multimedia—spring 2019.


meets: 14:00 - 16:40, tuesdays & thursdays
bldg/rm: 0082/0264

instructor: thomas asmuth
office: 0082 / 0267
email: tasmuth /at/ u w f . e d u
phone: (850) 474 - 2998

Welcome to the Digital Multimedia course for the Spring 2019 semester.

COURSE DESCRIPTION

office hours*
mondays: 13:30 - 15:30
tuesdays: 09:00 - 10:00
fridays: (online/email, tasmuth@uwf.edu): 09:00 - 10:30
*Subject to change, please check here often.

regular lab hours (held in the adv. / fab. labs):
TBA
*lab schedules will expand to address project time requirements

getchya syllabus, right here.


calendar. expect updates.


week one

begins Jan. 07

  • Introductions, Syllabus, Technologies
  • turning in files: where to 'drop' your homework and project files
  • 3D printers, what is additive manufacturing
  • Setup Autodesk account before Thursday
  • introduction to Fusion 360 & demos
  • Export STLs
  • Intro to Project 01 Wearable Object -Lab Safety -Studio Time
  • HW:
    • Set up Documentation Blog and Shared folder. Use Google Drive notification to alert instructor and send blog URI to instructor
    • Hello World post on Blog
    • Blog Post (please note: separate post)- Put together of visual research. Collect at least 20 images of wearable objects (more is fine). Make sure you find at least four (4) different 'categories of objects (i.e. I don't want 20 images only hats).
    • Create six (6) designs using Fusion 360 (use techniques to make 3D objects -Lines, arcs, splines. extrusions, revolves, etc.).
    • Blog Post (again separate) export screenshots/images of the Fusion of the 6 designs to put on blog. Give us some text or keywords for each.
    • Google Drive drop Export STL from Fusion files to put in Week 01 folder in your shared folder
    • Read and Respond The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction, Benjamin. Write 300 - 1000 words on the notion of original and aura and what is means to a contemporary life/art.
    • Make arrangements: class cancelled on Tuesday the 29th. Bonus points available for meetup at SEA3D Lab (downtown) on Tuesday 29 January, 14:30 - 16:30 Hours. MAP
  • Info

week two

 

begins Jan. 14

  • discuss Benjamin essay
  • discuss first project and review of design studies in class ( thoughts/discussions/examples)
  • introduction to CAM
  • How to get work fabricated in this course/Work-flow for production. Draw, process, calendar, fabricate.
  • more tutorials in Fusion360
  • Studio time if scheduling allows
  • HW:
    • Finish a draft of Project 01, file is due at beginning of next week.
    • Weekly Blog Post: Document your draft files for Project 01 with a written discussion of your ideas for the first project and our discussions in class. Please add an exported image or few of the Fusion design. This will outline the inspirations, plans, and technologies for the project. It should include at least one 3D model and possibly material thumbnails or photoshop mockups showing the physical characteristics (dimensions, materials, etc.) and the way a user interfaces with the appliance (attached to head, worn like armor or clothing, held with hands, others)
    • Read and Respond:
    • Make arrangements: class cancelled on Tuesday the 29th. Bonus points available for meetup at SEA3D Lab (downtown) on Tuesday 29 January, 14:30 - 16:30 Hours. MAP

week three

begins Jan. 21

  • preparing our files
  • reading discussions
  • file for draft model due at beginning of this week
  • history and context of 3D Printers
  • Blogs, news sites to watch
  • FDM vs SLA Simply Explained
  • Studio time
  • Get files processed and manufactured in FDM
  • HW:
    • Media to watch/read:
    • Project 01, printed in FDM and cleaned up. This prototype print is due Thursday next week.
    • Weekly Blog post: week 03. Make a blog post with images of your prototype print.
    • Next Week please note: class cancelled on Tuesday the 29th. Bonus points available for meetup at SEA3D Lab (downtown) on Tuesday 29 January, 14:30 - 16:30 Hours. MAP

week four

begins Jan. 28

Feb 3 Withdrawal deadline for ALL courses with partial refund; automatic grade of “W”
  • Make arrangements: class cancelled on Tuesday the 29th. Bonus points available for meetup at SEA3D Lab (downtown) on Tuesday 29 January, 14:30 - 16:30 Hours. MAP
  • Studio time if schedule allows
  • Draft FDM model reviewed
  • HW:
    • revise model, the final Project 01 file for SLA printing due at beginning of next week
    • Weekly blog post for week 04. Reflect on model revisions and class activities.

week five

begins Feb. 04

  • Final Project 01 File due at beginning of week
  • Intro to Project 02 Chimera
  • Introduction to mesh modeling, Meshmixer
  • HW:
    • get the Project 01 File processed and scheduled for production
    • get file printed
    • prepare 6 draft models for Project 02.
    • Google Drive drop export STLs of the 6 drafts
    • Weekly Blog post Export images/screenshots of 6 drafts and post on blog with discussion of idea for Project 02

week six

begins Feb. 11

  • Finishing project 01
  • Tutorial in mesh modeling, Meshmixer
  • Studio time
  • HW:
    • Project 01, get it cleaned and ready. Critique is on Feb. 19th 2019
    • get draft file for Project 02 finished. File is due Feb. 19th
    • Weekly blog: TBA

week seven

begins Feb. 18

  • Project 01 Critique
  • file for draft Project 02 due at beginning of week, get processed to draft in FDM
  • Tutorial in mesh modeling, Meshmixer
  • Studio time
  • HW:
    • Weekly Blog Post Document the final product of Project 01 in images and in an artist statement about the project.
    • clean up Project 03 prototype in FDM

week eight

begins Feb. 25

  • More on Project 02
  • Research assigned for final project
  • studio time
  • HW:
    • Revise project 02 from draft review
    • get file finished, 3 points extra credit for early submission before 18 March 2019
    • Weekly Blog Post TBA

week nine

begins Mar. 04

  • Review Draft FDM Model Project 02
  • Flex time in case of class cancellation
  • HW:
    • Research assignment to prepare for Project 03
    • Finish/Revise design for Project 02, file will be due 19 March 2019
    • Weekly Blog Post TBA

SPRING BREAK

March 11 to 15

week ten

begins Mar. 18

  • Assign Artist Presentations
  • Final version of Project 02: Chimeras file due 19 March 2019
  • Client sit down Mar 19
  • More TBA
  • HW:
    • work on prototype for final project
    • Weekly blog post: reflection on client meeting and challenge for Project 03 Honors College Item
    • Prepare for artist presentations in week 13

MORE TBA

week eleven

begins Mar. 25

  • Present Proposals for Project 03 Honors College
  • Studio Time
  • HW:
    • pickup completed SLA version of Project 02, clean and finish for next week's critique
    • work on draft prototype for Project 03 Honors College
    • Weekly blog post for week 11 TBA
    • Project 03 Honors College for FDM Draft due next week
    • Prepare for artist presentations in week 13

week twelve

begins Apr. 01

4/8/2018 Withdrawal deadline for Parts of Term 1 & 3: automatic grade of "W"
  • Critique Project 02: Chimeras
  • File for Project 03 draft in FDM due 2 Apr 2019
  • Studio Time
  • Flextime if needed in the case of class cancellations
  • HW:
    • Weekly Blog: Document the final product of Project 02 in images and in an artist statement about the project.
    • Work on Project 03: Honors College Item, critique is 29 April 2019
    • Prepare for artist presentations next week

week thirteen

begins Apr. 08

4/8/2018 Withdrawal deadline for Parts of Term 1 & 3: automatic grade of "W"
  • Present printed rough draft of Final in FDM and reworked Proposal Materials
  • Artist Presentations
  • Studio Time for Project 03 if any time is left
  • More TBA
  • HW:
    • Weekly blog: reflect on the review of the Project 03 draft review. How are you going to revise the design?
    • Revise project 03, Get final model exported, processed, manufactured
    • 5 points Extra Credit for any Project 03 prints ready for fabrication before 9 April 2019
    • 2 points Extra Credit for any Project 03 prints ready for fabrication before 15 April 2019
  • Information
    • Make up/resubmissions due at end of week 15

week fourteen

begins Apr. 15

  • Deadline for Final Project 03 print file 16 April 2019
  • Make up Artist presentations if needed
  • Studio Time
  • HW:
    • Weekly Blog: TBA
    • Get Project 03 Honors College manufactured in SLA
    • cleaning, final touches, and finishes for Project 03 Honors College
    • any make up/resubmissions due at end of next week.

week fifteen

begins Apr. 22

  • Pickup SLA print for Project 03. Project manufacturing should be finished before this week begins.
  • Studio time
  • resubmissions are due by end of this week
  • HW:
    • Weekly Blog: Time to reflect on the entire semester.
    • Blog entry (separate): Document the completed final project: images and an artist statement.
    • Cleaning, final touches and finishes on Project 03: Honors project
    • Due on 29 April 2019 at 1400 hours

FINAL CRITIQUES
Final Critiques Monday and Wednesday - 4/29 and 5/1

  • Critiques scheduled for 1400 hours on 29th of April and 1st of May, attendance mandatory

project and assignment details.


This section will track our goals and work to the calendar. As instructor, I reserve the right to make adjustments to the calendar to improve our experience this term. Any changes will be communicated during class and posted here within. You will get reviews throughout the semester for successful completion of homework, assignments, critique participation, etc. These points are tracked through out the semester. If you have a question about your standing on these points, please make an office appointment.

participation 10 pts.

The following participation assignments and tasks are weighted to total up to 5% of the overall grade. 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.

setup blog (one-time assignment)

Students will maintain a blog as a sketchbook and public portfolio for the work.

  • Make a new blog, independent of previous courses or any concurrent courses.
  • Login to your UWF mail 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 customize colors, backgrounds, etc.)
  • email the link to the instructor
  • example: https://vimeo.com/179772354

set up Google Drive shared folder(one-time assignment)

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.

  • Create a new shared folder in Google Drive.
  • Name with these conventions: lastnamefirstinitial _3613_sp19
    e.g. Joe Smith will make a folder named smithj _3613_sp19
  • Share this folder with instructor. tasmuth@uwf.edu, please set to my permissions to 'can edit'
  • Use the message option to notify instructor that the folder is up.
  • Still confused on how to share? See this video

attendance at critiques (recurring)

Mandatory. Please see syllabus or email me for an appointment if this is unavoidable.


posting files as requested (recurring)

You will be making posts in a blog and uploading files to your shared Google Drive folder. You will be graded on the details and performance to follow instructions. Failure to follow the directions can result in a reduced or zero grade. The list of important details includes but is not limited to: deadlines, correct format (file type, size, resolution, etc.), failure to make separate posts, posting to the incorrect platform (Drive vs. Blog), etc.

blog posts 20 pts.

Think of this as your digital sketchbook. I will be asking for multiple entries in some weeks. Please note these categories:

  1. Reflections:Each week, there is an assignment to reflect on the week’s work in a separate post.. DO NOT confuse this with the other blog posts assigned. Each week will note a specific prompt. Demonstrate an examination of your week, not only a laundry list of your activities. See the week's HW assignment. Optional: High performing students will make multiple reflection posts per week. Ideas for this: Posts of images, videos, and audio are encouraged, but keep in mind these recordings need to be high quality.

  2. reading & responses: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.

  3. Research and Documentation:I am going to ask for SEPARATE posts at times t document you research, progress, and finished work.

  4. Anything elseI forgot at the moment. Make it a separate post. Other writings will be assigned which could include critical essays, reviews, project proposals, etc. Details will be announced in the calendar.
Academic Honesty: all compositions are to be works of original authorship with proper attribution. Students who simply summarize the reading or present texts from other authors will not receive credit for the entry; and such works are likely to be plagiarism. Plagiarism will be dealt with according to University policies and can lead to Expulsion per UWF conduct regulations . If you need guidance/education on proper academic techniques, please contact your instructor for a referral to the Writing Lab.

formal projects 70 pts


formal project 01: wearable objects

tl;dr: Students will design a 3D model and fabricate a wearable object that addresses conceptual and technical concerns and challenges hegemonic and assumptive solutions to product design.


This project is an introduction to the methods of 3D modeling and rapid prototyping to develop a 3D design of a 'wearable object' that will be rendered as a rapid prototype in FDM and SLA. Students need to take a look at all types of wearable items and find a personal connection to develop a concept for this project. The form and concept should challenge assumptions of object semiotics, use value, and/or traditional design aesthetics.

Projects must:
  1. effectively communicate a coherent idea of the cultural use value, the category of object, etc. (What's the story? How's it worn?);
  2. be designed with Fusion 360 and fabricated with 3D printing technology;
  3. be professionally delivered with excellent attention to finish and craft which support the concept/design;
  4. and be published on the Thingiverse repository.

Learning Outcomes

  • Students will be introduced to key concepts of product design such as object semiotics, material culture, etc.;
  • will be able to effectively communicate a coherent narrative on a proposed design in written, image, and physical prototype;
  • will be able to practice critical research into the design of an object;
  • will be able to identify similar projects in technology, materials, and methods;
  • and present a polished professional product at the deadline.

Process

Research phase

  • Readings and other media will be assigned to assist in the development of a critical framework thinking about rapid prototyping and design. Reading/Media Responses will be assigned to reflect on the topics.
  • Students will research and document at least 20 wearable objects on a blog post that begins to build a library of concepts, materials, and styles. Collect at least 20 images of wearable objects (more is fine). Make sure you find at least four (4) different 'categories of objects (i.e. I don't want 20 images only hats).
  • Students will begin a series of workshops to practice the skills of basic 3D modeling and rapid prototyping. These exercises will develop skills in design software and proper preparations for 3D printing
  • Students will develop a prototype and present on it in class as a public discussion/critique. Document your draft files for Project 01 with a written discussion of your ideas for the first project and our discussions in class. Please add an exported image or few of the Fusion design. This will outline the inspirations, plans, and technologies for the project. It should include at least one 3D model and possibly material thumbnails or photoshop mockups showing the physical characteristics (dimensions, materials, etc.) and the way a user interfaces with the appliance (attached to head, worn like armor or clothing, held with hands, others)

Work phase

  • Students will use in-class work periods to model, print, and build the interface for their project.
  • An iteration prototype will be due a few weeks before the final is due. The draft will be printed in FDM We will critique these to allow you to make revisions.
  • Students will use the Fab Lab, other art department labs, or UWF to design and fabricate the interface for the appliance
  • Students will have an additional week to skillfully finish the final version printed in SLA such as sand, polish, apply finishes, etc.
  • Students will take time to document the process carefully as they proceed to develop a good package of documentation which they will publish on their blog and as part of the Thingiverse repository. We will take the time to develop a rubric for your posts.

Delivery and Presentation

  • Demonstration of a complete and resilient project on the critique day. Finished, professionally presented as worn or otherwise installed for critique and observation. Craft and attention to detail count. No wet paint, only completed projects, etc.
  • Thorough documentation of the project published at Thingiverse that meets high standards for communication and clarity.
  • Documentation on the artist(s) blog(s). Good images/video of the project clearly demonstrating the functions/use and an artist statement for the project.

 


formal project 02: Kuleshov effects, Montages, Assemblages

Perhpas it seems strange to start thinking about Russian aavant gard film to begin our studies of 3D collage, also known as Assemblage (see xxxxxxx), but consider the connection to creative image construction. when we very selectively choose to combine images (collage) we begin to investigate the construction of meaning using the symbolic nature of images.

Furthermore, we live in a period of mediated contemporaniety where slips are made between form (3D) and image (2D) in our experiences. Examples are the immersive MMORPG, VR, the downlaodable object that can now be printed in your home. This creates a relative phenomena, an image-form, where the same entity can have exist as concept and illusion (2D) to hard 3-dimensional form. In attention to the multiple states of embodiement, consider the theory of Montage from Russian avant garde film. (capitalized to distinguish it as a formalist strategy of technique rather than simply layering/combining image)†

The structural and formalistic nature of the early 20th c. Russian avant garde film was typified by the theory of montage. The method claimed that the most important part of the film as artwork was in the hands of the editor. The idea behind Montage is that the editor can create a completey different meaning for the film in the selection of the clips and their order. The classic example is the close shot of a man which is then combined with three separate clips: food, a dead child, and a third of an attractive woman. The theory holds that viewers will interpret each image pair as very different narratives despite the fact that the same shot of the 'man' is used in each two-shot combination.

Monatage theory is gets most attention in the discussion of the work of Sergei Eisenstein, but the attribution for the basics of Montage should be given to Soviet era filmaker Lev Kuleshov and is actually known as the Kuleshov Effect. Kuleshov ran a semi-autonomous section of a Soviet art school devoted to formalist film making; Eisenstein is his most well-known pupil. Eisenstein's Montage is a much more developed theory of the combinatory methods of editing together images using formal image and time period characteristics. Eisenstein taps into our human prediliction and talent for symbolic thinking. This is not a solely film oriented method and we can look at several other ways of combining image-forms.

See:
vanitas
grotesque defintions
grotesque 1
grotesque 2
3
Netsuke grotesque
Medieval Stained Glass grotesque
20th century pottery grotesque candelabrum attributed to Wiener Werkstätte
Grotesque Sculptures Combine Girlhood Nostalgia And Sexuality

Requirements:

Project must include one 3D scan of an object you bring to the studio. You will incorporate this scan into your final pieces. You may do more than one scan.

Process:

  • Research the 3D repositories to find models that can be imported into Meshmixer. Convert files if needed with online conversion tools or see Thomas for assistance. Meshmixer is a tool that allows you to quicky merge found mater into new creations as well as sculpt in the tool. Use Meshmixer to collage together projects made from found models and 3d scans.
  • Process these files and schedule a FDM print job with Thomas and the lab monitors.
  • Students will use in-class work periods to model, print, and build the interface for their project.
  • An iteration prototype will be due a few weeks before the final is due. The draft will be printed in FDM We will critique these to allow you to make revisions. Process these files and schedule a SLA print job with Thomas and the lab monitors.
  • Students will have an additional week to skillfully finish the final version printed in SLA such as sand, polish, apply finishes, etc.
  • Retrieve models and trim, sand, polish and clean up. Additional finishes are not required on this project. If the student chooses to paint or finish the project, the project must be dry and complete upon critique. (NO WET PAINT!)
  • Students will take time to document the process carefully as they proceed to develop a good package of documentation which they will publish on their blog and as part of the Thingiverse repository. We will take the time to develop a rubric for your posts

Deliverables:

  • One finished collaged model printed with SLA technology.
  • Demonstration of a complete and resilient project on the critique day. Finished, professionally presented as worn or otherwise installed for critique and observation. Craft and attention to detail count. No wet paint, only completed projects, etc.
  • Thorough documentation of the project published at Thingiverse that meets high standards for communication and clarity.
  • Documentation on the artist(s) blog(s). Good images/video of the project clearly demonstrating the functions/use and an artist statement for the project.

 


formal project 03: artist presentation

prompt TBA


formal project 04: Honor College client project

prompt TBA

student blogs.


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