Parsons School of Design: Art, Media & Technology

Non-Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Graduate Course

Degree Students

Currents: Comp Portraiture (M)

Fall 2021

Taught By: Susie Fu

Section: D

CRN: 7675

Credits: 3

This course investigates the expanding definition of portraiture in the age of virtual communication. No longer bound to a painting on the wall, modern portraits are ever more omnipresent: from selfies and filters to video conferencing and avatars, we hang up new representations of ourselves on countless digital walls. This course will guide students to challenge these new symbols of identity through creating their own generative portraits. We will explore the boundaries of computational imagery through critical questions: How do we artificially mirror our faces, actions, emotions, or thoughts in a digital portrait? How do the creators of these portraits own and incentivize our participation? How do deepfakes and other advances in fake image technology affect how we see others and ourselves? Using a combination of artificial intelligence, computer vision, and data processing, students will create static and moving portraits in weekly projects. They will use their own data as the starting canvas and progress to interactive portraits that respond to the audience, culminating in a class portrait gallery as a final project. The course will use Python, OpenCV and other Python-based machine learning libraries. Familiarity with Python and basic programming concepts is required.

Open to: All University grad students, and upperlevel undergrads. Some seats have been reserved for MFA DT students.

College: Parsons School of Design (PS)

Department: Art, Media & Technology (PSAM)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Studio (S)

Max Enrollment: 18

Add/Drop Deadline: September 13, 2021 (Monday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: November 21, 2021 (Sunday)

Seats Available: Yes

Status: Closed*

* 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: 11:27am 12/1/2021 EST

Meeting Info:

Days: Friday

Times: 12:10pm - 2:50pm

Building: Parsons 2 W 13th

Room: 1013

Date Range: 9/1/2021 - 12/15/2021