PSAM

2230

Device Art

Parsons School of Design: Art, Media & Technology

Non-Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Degree Students

Device Art

Fall 2018

Taught By: Pamela Liou

Section: A

CRN: 4284

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 seasts have been reserved for BFA Design & Technology majors.

College: Parsons School of Design (PS)

Department: Art, Media & Technology (PSAM)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Studio (S)

Max Enrollment: 18

Enrollment Status: Open*

*Enrollment status information is updated every five 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: 5:03pm 7/19/2018

Meeting Info:

Days: Wednesday

Times: 9:00am - 11:40am

Building: 6 East 16th Street

Room: 1208

Date Range: 8/29/2018 - 12/12/2018