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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 will be maintained and sustained by each course participant and should compile all 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. As an initial tools implementation an individual digital sketchbook will be designed, constructed and redesigned by each student.

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 (bound)- 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.

Tool exercises (5% of final grade each)
Tool experimentation and application exercises will be conducted throughout the quarter. The emphasis on these exercises is on experimentation and application. Tool exercises will be reviewed and debriefed in class in terms of history, theory, techniques and applications. 4 potential exercises will be carried out thru the quarter on individual digital tool topics/applications including 1) networked dissemination, 2) coding, 3) content creation and 4) hardware applications. Results, documentation and comments will be posted on your media blog.

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Major project breakdown is as follows:
Project 1 – Disruptive Technologies- Conceptual & Speculative Tool Futures (20% of final grade). Each student will choose 2 technologies from (near, distant and fringe science) emerging disruptive technologies (a table of disruptive technologies will be referenced for choice). You will identify the following as key parts to each tool deployment/development that you will present:

  1. Description of the disruptive tech
  2. Technologies and resulting functions involved (what is it & who would build/own it)
  3. Intended User base
  4. Prescribed or speculative tools to enable this application.

You will “draw”, discuss and present and post (to your media blog) a review of these parts, connections and functions. The expectation of this project is that it will be experimental, media enriched and build upon layered approach to tools research, definition, documentation and speculation.

Final Project – Digital Toolkit - Design, Documentation and Application (40% of final grade). The final project will implement and integrate a toolkit of your design and architecture. The work can be software and/or hardware based. The toolkit should exhibit: coding, content creation, usability concerns and dissemination.

Final documentation and submission of this project will include documentation of the architecture of the toolkit, the final demonstrated implementation through the creation of a resulting individual work and support files as software and design materials.

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:

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:
Prosthetics
The Prosthetic Impulse: From a Posthuman Present to a Biocultural FutureEdited by Marquard Smith and  Joanne Morra, 2007, MIT Press

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

Complexity
Diversity and Complexity, Scott Page, Princeton Press, 2010

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