Studio Intensive II:
Taking as tenant that the health of society comes from the mining and maintenance of its fringes, this course will use the design process to create a series of interventions that seek to mutate select “boundaries” (physical, cultural, social) into “borders” within urban and personal space. The goal of this course is to design, and thereby facilitate, zones of exchange and engagement in public and intimate spaces. Students will begin by identifying and defining these liminal spaces within the cityscape and/or personal life then focus on creating design experiments supported by props and choreographies that produce individual and social exchange. These designed experiments will be performed and tested throughout the course in order to codify new verbal and physical semiotics addressing the topic of liminality. The result of these experiments will take the form of a series of new, gesture-based crafts that will create a neo-guild of future makers. Additional readings in urban theory, biology, choreography and improvisation will supplement the coursework.
This course helps designers to understand the social transformations that can be achieved by exploiting new technical and scientific opportunities. Students will develop methods and frameworks to experiment with new scientific ideas, emerging technologies, and participatory platforms. Each designer will develop a series of experiments that test the following: cultural expectations and ruptures, “breech experiments” and “lifestyle experiments;” environmental data collection, developing real world, in situ experiments to collect, interpret, evaluate, and publish real-time data on Pachube; material performance experiments in degradability, nutrient cycling, or other material characteristics. The results of these experiments will form the basis of persuasive representation and presentation to the appropriate audience.
Critical thinking skills are necessary but not sufficient for the designer. Hands-on “critical making” is equally significant, providing the probe for what’s feasible in complex socio-ecological systems. Through implementation and experiment, we test the diverse possibilities and explore desirable and debatable futures-particularly those in which environmental performance actually and measurably improves.
Design Experiments is based on a series of student-designed procedures that have as a goal to test and identify new definitions of exchange. Through a series of designed constants and variables, the students will reveal what actions facilitate collaborative vs non-collaborative relationships. The course will begin with a focus on movement and gesture, then flow into form-making with an emphasis on the relationship of object to choreography and story-telling.
Students will come away with :
- an awareness of the role of object as symbol and communication tool
- a physical understanding of the relationship of object to choreography
- the role of gesture and body language in designing relationships
- the importance of scripting language and procedure