Department of Art & Art History
This course considers how computers, phones and devices “see” us predominately as fingers and eyes staring at their screens. What would happen if our technologies acknowledged more of our rich physical presence and capabilities? How have artists and designers used technologies to account for our embodied selves? In this studio course we will explore various sensing technologies and create interactive interfaces and installations that engage our whole selves. Interfaces explored will range from the practical to the poetic. We will learn different tools, explore their use for different purposes, and extend them through our pieces. During this course, students will learn to create interactive projects that integrate traditional art making process with digital devices, develop software for embodied interaction with digital devices, design and construct interfaces that integrate physical/electronic/digital components, investigate various philosophies and methods of interface design, approach critical issues related to interactive/public/social art practices in the digital age, and discuss artwork in the context of contemporary theory and in relation to popular culture.
Course description adapted from text provided by department.