Device Art

Parsons School of Design: School of Art, Media, and Tech

Non-Liberal Arts
Undergraduate Course
Degree Students
Device Art
Fall 2024
Taught By: Faculty TBA
Section: A

CRN: 15895

Credits: 3

Device Art is a platform for students to invent new works of art that do not distinguish the object from a tool, the mechanism from the concept; through playfulness these devices are caught between definitions of art, design, and engineering. In this course devices are the artwork themselves; the mechanisms of the piece become part of the concept behind the work and the very essence of “making” and “play” is embedded in each of the pieces. Device Art can break the mold of art commercialization, propelled by the new forms of manufacturing and the ease of prototyping as production tools become more accessible. These artworks are easily replicable and can become commercialized, and even display features of playful utility for everyday life. Students will learn new methods for prototyping by combining new digital fabrication techniques as well as commonly used fabrication processes including repurposing readymades. They will explore their own artistics concepts and develop a deeper understanding of how their ideas can be reproduced. Device Art will challenge students to rethink their ideas of what art can become, and where the threshold lies between playfulness, utility, and conceptual inquiry. They will develop basic electronics and physical computing skills, such as microcontroller programing and circuitry design. They will engage in fabrication experiments to rethink and envision new devices that can facilitate invention from an artistic perspective, gaining new skills in device design, computing media, and device fabrication. They will use physical computing methods to expand on the field of open source hardware, learn interaction design methods and rapid prototyping tools for 3D printing. This course will provide platform to enhance the design process of material experimentation and propel functional and accessible models of device art.

Open to: All university undergraduate degree students. Some seats have been reserved for BFA Design & Technology majors.

College: Parsons School of Design (PS)

Department: School of Art, Media, and Tech (AMT)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Modality: In-Person

Max Enrollment: 16

Add/Drop Deadline: September 9, 2024 (Monday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: November 17, 2024 (Sunday)

Seats Available: No

Status: Waitlist*

* Status information is updated every few minutes. The status of this course may have changed since the last update. Open seats may have restrictions that will prevent some students from registering. Updated: 9:58am EDT 5/26/2024

Meeting Info:
Days: Thursday
Times: 7:00pm - 9:40pm
Building: TBD
Room: TBD
Date Range: 8/29/2024 - 12/12/2024