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ART4633C interactive electronic art—spring 2019.


meets: 11:00 - 13:40, mondays & wednesdays
bldg/rm: 82/264

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

Welcome to the IEA 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

Concrete meets bricks Light, white and tight scandinavian design White walls with designer chairs
Windows for the atrium Bedroom and office in one space Scandinavian design
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syllabus.


link to syllabus

calendar.

this will adjust as we move along.


week one

begins Jan. 07

  • Introductions, syllabus, plans and procedures
  • Components and Datasheets
  • Breadboarding
  • Electrical basics - Soldering a circuit from diagram
  • Physical Computing
  • HW
    • Set up your blog and shared drive folder
    • use google drive shared folder notify to get me the link and to send me your blog URI
    • Study the components, learn the diagramming
    • Better get in thedocumentation habit: make a post on the workshops we do in class. Put them in blog posts. Be sure to make a blog post on the Breadboarding exercise this week
    • Blog Post - Hello World! Say hi and reflect on the discussions we had this week. What ideas are you having? What concerns? What dreams? Did you learn anything this week?
    • Blog Post: Find a project in physical computing to write about. Link it. Embed images, video, or audio to your post. Write a paragraph about who, what, where, how, etc. to describe and reflect on the work. (if you don't know what I mean, please ask). Please do this as a separate Blog Post.
    • Watch "We are makers". Be ready to discuss. Read: https://www.boerneneshovedstad.dk/media/1332/maker-movement-manifesto-sample-chapter.pdf
    • https://www.huffingtonpost.com/brit-morin/what-is-the-maker-movemen_b_3201977.html
  • Information

week two

begins Jan. 14

  • review physicomp project research (your blog post last week)
  • complete components and Electrical Basics lectures if needed
  • (Re)Introduction to the Arduino Arduino board, IDE, and code
  • Project 01 introduced.
  • Discussions the Maker Faire, Maker Movement, why, what, how...
  • Introductions to sensors
  • Prototyping, developing an idea
  • HW:
    • Blog Post - Your weekly reflection on the week. This week comment on Project 01 research. Start drafting a presentation/proposal for Project 01. Will you have Partners? What are you going to do your project on? Make some notes as a separate blog post.
    • Blog post on Maker Movement: 300 - 500 words. Read and Respond https://www.quora.com/What-is-the-Maker-Movement-and-how-did-it-start https://americanlibrariesmagazine.org/2013/02/06/manufacturing-makerspaces/
    • Another blog post: document our first Arduino workshops (our first code: blink and flicker).
    • Deja vu all over again... Blog Post: Find another project in physical computing to write about. Link it. Embed images, video, or audio to your post. Write a paragraph about who, what, where, how, etc. to describe and reflect on the work. (if you don't know what I mean, please ask). Please do this as a separate Blog Post.
  • Information
    • Perf-board suggestions 1, 2

week three

begins Jan. 21

Monday no class 1/21/2019 MLK Jr Holiday
  • Arduino tutorials - sensors, code, libraries
  • Ordering materials. Make an appointment to talk with Thomas for part selection assistance. Order deadline is next Wednesday.
  • HW:
    • Blog Post - Your weekly reflection on the week. Did you learn anything this week? What is the challenge you are facing in this course during the past week? (Again please as a separate blog post).
    • Blog post on democracy of the Maker Movement 300 - 500 words. Read/watch and Respond:
      Leah Buechley, new perspectives on technology https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4FSjeEC6_ho https://makezine.com/2018/04/16/open-world-why-are-we-makers/ https://www.huffingtonpost.com/aaron-dubrow/democratizing-the-maker-m_b_7960540.html
    • Put together a proposal for project 01. See project prompt. Write it up as narrative, descriptions and include all links, images (sketches, mock-ups, etc,) on your blog as a seaparate post. Be prepared to deliver the proposal next week. I recommend th following program: TED Radio Extrasensory
    • Reminder: I am going to rework this on the calendar tomorrow/Friday to reschedule... Project 01 get materials list drafted picked out and orders to Thomas. Make an appointment to talk with Thomas for part selection assistance. Order deadline is Wednesday at 1PM. No guarantees on orders recieved late.
  • Information

week four

begins Jan. 28

Feb 3 Withdrawal deadline for ALL courses with partial refund; automatic grade of “W”

week five

begins Feb. 04

week six

begins Feb. 11

  • Studio Time for Project 01
  • Discuss Readings
  • Thomas available for one-on-one appointments. First come, first served basis. Send an email to schedule ahead.
  • HW:
    • Project 01 and Instructable( don't forget to collect documentation of your project for that pesky Instructable)
    • Blog Post - Your weekly reflection on the week. Did you learn anything this week? What is the challenge you are facing in this course during the past week? Document the project process, you can use this in the instructable.

week seven

begins Feb. 18

  • Artist Presentations Assigned
  • Studio Time for Project 01
  • Thomas available for one-on-one appointments. First come, first served basis. Send an email to schedule ahead.
  • HW:
    • Project 01 and Instructable( don't forget to collect documentation of your project for that pesky Instructable)
    • Blog Post - Your weekly reflection on the week. Did you learn anything this week? What is the challenge you are facing in this course during the past week?
    • Reading McLuhan

week eight

begins Feb. 25

  • Studio Time
  • Project 02 introduced
  • HW:
    • Blog Post - Your weekly reflection on the week. Did you learn anything this week? What is the challenge you are facing in this course during the past week? (Again please as a separate blog post).
    • Artist Presentation (deadline week 11)

week nine

begins Mar. 04

  • Critique Project 01. Instructable due on same day same time.
  • GO over the reqirements for the Project 02 Proposal/Mood Board
  • HW:
    • Blog post. Documentation images of your finished Project 01. Write up a reflection on the critique discussions. Also include a link to the Instructable to make it easy to review the documentation.
    • Project 02 research, mood board and presentation due week 11, when we return from Spring Break
    • Artist Presentation (deadline week 12)

SPRING BREAK

March 11 to 15

week ten

begins Mar. 18

  • Project 02 and Artist Presentation work time
  • Orders for parts due by end of class on Wednesday.
  • More may be announced leaving room for class changes
  • HW:
    • Order parts for Project 02. Do you have money left? Get those orders into Thomas. Make an appointment for help.
    • Blog Post - Your weekly reflection on the week. Did you learn anything this week? What is the challenge you are facing in this course during the past week? (Again please as a separate blog post).
    • final project
    • Instructables - don't forget to document as you move along and I would recommend drafting the tutorial.

 

week eleven

begins Mar. 25

  • Artist presentation
  • Studio Time for Project 02
  • Thomas available for one-on-one appointments. First come, first served basis. Send an email to schedule ahead.
  • HW:
    • Blog Post - Your weekly reflection on the week. Did you learn anything this week? What is the challenge you are facing in this course during the past week? (Again please as a separate blog post). This week you need to prepare a written report on project progress you will deliver next week. Use the weekly blog to produce this reflection.
    • final project
    • Instructables - don't forget to document as you move along and I would recommend drafting the tutorial.

week twelve

begins Apr. 01

4/8/2018 Withdrawal deadline for Parts of Term 1 & 3: automatic grade of "W"
  • Project 02 progress report.
  • Studio Time for Project 02
  • Thomas available for one-on-one appointments. First come, first served basis. Send an email to schedule ahead.
  • Note: You should have your parts for your project by the end of this week, if not you should consider 2 day or overnight shipping
  • HW:
    • final project
    • Instructables - don't forget to document as you move along and I would recommend drafting the tutorial.
    • Blog Post - Your weekly reflection on the week. Did you learn anything this week? What is the challenge you are facing in this course during the past week? (Again please as a separate blog post). This week: any relevant news on your progress and notes, reflections, and feedback from the presentation.

week thirteen

begins Apr. 08

4/8/2018 Withdrawal deadline for Parts of Term 1 & 3: automatic grade of "W"
  • Studio Time for Project 02
  • Thomas available for one-on-one appointments. First come, first served basis. Send an email to schedule ahead.
  • HW:
    • final project
    • Instructables - don't forget to document as you move along and I would recommend drafting the tutorial.
    • Blog Post - Your weekly reflection on the week. Did you learn anything this week? What is the challenge you are facing in this course during the past week? (Again please as a separate blog post). This week: any relevant news on your progress and notes, reflections, and feedback from the presentation.

week fourteen

begins Apr. 15

  • Studio Time for Project 02
  • Thomas available for one-on-one appointments. First come, first served basis. Send an email to schedule ahead.
  • HW:
    • final project
    • instructables
    • Blog Post - Your weekly reflection on the week. Did you learn anything this week? What is the challenge you are facing in this course during the past week? (Again please as a separate blog post). Document the progress of the project.

week fifteen

begins Apr. 22

  • presentations of Project 02
  • HW:
    • Blog Post - Your weekly reflection on the week. Did you learn anything this week? What is the challenge you are facing in this course during the past week? (Again please as a separate blog post). This week the blog post that includes documentation images of your project and a description.
    • do you want to revise the work? You have the last week.

MAY DAY!

due by Wednesday, May 1st at 2 PM Central

  • any edits, resubmissions, meetings
  • post the tutorial link on your blog
  • final reflection post on blog

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 _4633_sp19
    e.g. Joe Smith will make a folder named smithj _4633_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

reading responses, short response essays(recurring)

Throughout the semester you will be assigned to read and then write response essays from 300 to 1000 words (referred to as Read and Respond). Learning to communicate effectively and fluently are key skills in Arts Professions; writing statements, applications, critiques, project proposals, etc. are all examples of this skill that you will need during your career.

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.


attendance at critiques (recurring)

Critique attendance is mandatory. Students who fail to attend and participate in formal community reviews/critiques will receive a zero grade for the project. If you are seeking an emergency exception, please consult the Excused Absences section in this syllabus.


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.


artist presentation

This iswhere the prompt will go. TBA.

Project 01 ExtraSensory Perception Appliance

"...all technologies are extensions of our physical and nervous systems…" (Mcluhan 1964).

tl;dr: Students will design an appliance that increases or extends their sensory perception using the Arduino, sensors, code, etc. PDF of Project

This is an investigation of the concepts that dovetail with the ideas of tools and technologies as an extension of the human. Marshall McLuhan's Understanding Media is a seminal work of theory underpinning many contemporary hegemonic concepts. Were ideas like the Google Glass, geo-fencing, and Skype an obvious/natural progression of the Information and Communications Technologies (ICTs) that blossomed in the mid-Twentieth Century? Or is there more at play in the realm of assumptions, fashion, and science fictions.

Students are allowed to work individually or collaboratively in a team of two to develop a system of human-machine interface that adds extra-sensory perception. Projects must:

  1. be built upon the Arduino microcontroller ecosystem (your choice of the board)
  2. include one or more sensors
  3. deliver output for the user of the system which extends their sensory perception.

Learning Outcomes

  • will be able to perform critical research into HMI;
  • will be able to identify similar projects in technology, read a diagram, fabricate electronics;
  • will be able to effectively communicate a coherent narrative on a proposed design in written, image, and physical prototype;
  • 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 the extension of our senses. Reading/Media Responses will be assigned to reflect on the topics.
  • Students research and document three (3) different projects that seek to extend human sensory perception. Document each of these projects with a descriptive and observational paragraph, links, attributions, embedded videos/audio/etc.
  • Students will begin a series of workshops to practice the skills of basic electronics.
  • Students will begin a series of workshops to practice the skills using the Arduino microcontroller development environment, code, and prototyping
  • Students will develop a prototype and presentation that will identify the extension of the user's senses in class as a public discussion/critique. This will outline the inspirations, plans, and technologies for the project. It should include at least one photoshop mockup or illustration 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 breadboard, code, and build the interface for their extrasensory appliance.
  • Students will use the Fab Lab, other art department labs, or UWF to design and fabricate the interface for the appliance
  • Students will take time to document the process carefully as they proceed to develop a good package of documentation which they will publish as part of the project.

Delivery and Presentation

  • Demonstration of a complete and resilient project on the critique day. Plan your demo! No adjusting of wires, last minute battery changes, delaying class to 'suit-up'. Such projects will incur a 'late' penalty regardless if they are shown working on the critique day.
  • Thorough documentation of the project in a published Instructable that meets high standards for communicaton and clarity.
  • Documentation on the artist(s) blog(s). Good images/video of the project clearly demonstrating the fuctions/use and an artist statement for the project.

Project 02

This is where the prompt will go. TBA

student blogs.


links will be populated after 1st week

Alex Chris
Margo Kennedy
Rachel Hiers Crystal
Racheal Homack Cierra
Bethanie  

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