This course will culminate in a set of group projects, all in conversation with each other, that we will publish online in service to a public audience. Each group project will offer a critical and reflective perspective on a theme of your choosing. You will choose a trajectory most suitable to your learning and communication preference, from the three tracks described below. More details on mini assignments leading up to each of these final projects in class.
Curate a digital archive/gallery of representations (text/video/image/sound) surfacing a narrative that undergirds technological engagements with the body. You may design your own website, or host it on platforms such as Tumblr. We can also discuss other scholarly publishing platforms such as Scalar and archival publishing platforms for libraries and museums such as Omeka. You will submit a short written essay in tandem to describe your idea and intent, the process and the reasoning behind each artifact that is included.
Write an essay about technological engagements with the body. Written essay projects can have a maximum of two collaborators. Essays must be no more than 5000 words long and written in language accessible for a public audience. See First Monday’s guidelines for writing for diverse audiences here.
Use design as a process of inquiry to explore/surface/challenge values and assumptions about the body in technology design. We will discuss throughout the semester the appropriate scope and form. If you choose to make software and or tangible interfaces, please make sure that someone on your team has the required skill. We will not be able to advise you on technical aspects of your device. You will submit short written essay in tandem to describe your idea and intent, the process and the reasoning behind the form of your provocation. You will need to document any non-digital artifact through photographs or video so that it can be published online.