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PROJECTS - Implementation of objectives

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As support to individual projects the following will be maintained and sustained for reference throughout the session and referred to in 1-on-1 sessions with the instructor (20% of grade):

1) Media blogs/online sketchbooks/personalhardcopy sketchbooks will be maintained and sustained by each course participant and should compile all rough project sketches, writings, storyboards, architectures and related materials to the works in progress and finished works. The blog sites will be viewed, and class responses will be ongoing throughout the quarter. Blogs can be set up thru any of the available online blog application providers or personal ISPs i.e. wordpress.com.  Video support maybe setup thru youtube.com or vimeo.com.

2) Analog sketchbooks - a personal hardbound sketchbook will complement the online content for 1-on-1 project discussions, system drawing, design and troubleshooting. Sketchbook access is mandatory for all classes.

3) Attendance and corresponding write up for 3 cultural events over the course of the quarter is required. Submission of write up can be by e-mail or print copy. Forms for write up submission are available from the resources page of the course web site. Note: synopsis of each cultural event should be e-mail to instructor within 2 weeks of attendance. A final record of the cumulative events will be compiled and submitted with Final Deliverables for the quarter.

Design exercises
Design exercises will be conducted throughout the quarter. The emphasis on these exercises is on rapid, intuitive aesthetic response and experimentation. Design exercises will be described and debriefed in class in terms of theory and potential techniques for materialization. 4 potential exercises will be carried out thru the quarter on exploratory topics. Results, documentation and comments will be posted on your media blog .

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Project breakdown is as follows:
Project 1 – Systems survey – a system a day (20% of grade). This project will assign a system from a specific domain each day of class for the first 3 weeks of the course. Each surveyed system will identify the following as key parts to each system you will survey:

  1. elements,
  2. interconnections,
  3. control/feedback,and
  4. function/purpose.

You will “draw”, discuss and post a discussion of these parts, connections and functions to your media blogs. The expectation of this survey is that it will be experimental and media enriched and build upon layered approach to system documentation and definition.  At the end of 3 weeks you will have a survey of 6 systems.

For Critique #1 (week 4 to 5) you will present 2 systems to the class. Emphasis in this critique/presentation is on creative use of media for system representation and dialogue. Your output may be a stop motion video, interactive work, video work, sound work, etc.

The URL of your media blog will be distributed to the EDPX2300 class cohort by the second week of class so they may keep up w/ your ongoing survey.

Project 2 – Systems simulation - (20% of grade). This project will be developed concurrently with Project 1 to abstract the conceptual and technical base of a system with a purpose. You will be doing software simulation of a system of your choice. Adding hardware is also open. This can be a presented overview of your intended work of for the quarter as a simulation. The systems simulation and architecture may be based on one of the systems from your survey work from your media blog.  As a start we will be adapting Net.logo as a suggested simulation environment. Your choice of  software environment is open. The resulting work must be minimally use software simulation to demonstrate a controlled system.

Final Project - System design and implementation (40% of grade) The final project will implement and integrate a system of your design and architecture. The work can be software, hardware and/ or digital/analog combined. The system should exhibit inputs, outputs, control/feedback, and function &/or purpose. The venue or site for this work is of your choosing. It can be public, private, or online as a material or virtual system.

Final deliverables for the quarter are to be received by e-mail as a URL referencing a download of final deliverable materials (as .zip file) as follows:

Final Deliverables
Final submission of work will include the following materials:
Submission of All Final Project files and final project documentation as a.zip archive
Systems drawing & design architectures for Project 1. 2 and final
All software associated with Project 2 and final
Documentation of Final project

To be e-mailed to instructor:
Critiques/synopsis of 3 cultural events cumulative for the quarter. Note: synopsis of each cultural event should be e-mail within 2 weeks of attendance.

t e x t s & r e a d i n g s
All required readings/viewings/listenings will be assigned from the course website schedule page. Required readings will be referenced from, online sources or as linked .pdf files on the course website. Readings will be assigned and referenced 2 class sessions previous to discussion and related presentations. Please refer to the schedule page for reading assignments and discussion dates.

The following texts are suggested additional sources for reference and consultation:
Systems Theory
Thinking in Systems: A Primer, Donella H. Meadows, 2008. Chelsea Green Publishing
The Systems View of Life: A Unifying Vision, Fritjof Capra, 2014, Cambridge Press

Diversity and Complexity, Scott Page, Princeton Press, 2010

Additional reference will be made available via on-line sources from the course web site links under the resources page.