Fantasy is reality in the world today
I'll keep hanging in there, that's the only way
Heavy times demand not only solidarity, ingenuity and resilience from us all, but also the capacity to fantasize a different existence thereafter. While societal disruptions resulting from armed conflict, natural disaster, famine and pandemic have accompanied homo sapiens sapiens since time immemorial, the world at present finds itself in the midst of the first generation of ubiquitous global crises to unfold in the post-information age.
As a novel virus has upended established norms framing how we interact as social creatures in physicality, our abrupt thrust into everyday virtuality over the past year has evidenced our dependence on technologies that have made the quantum leap from science fiction fantasy to quotidian existence. From genomic sequencing to logistics networks to high definition videoconferencing, the contemporary digital infrastructure that underpins the systems keeping us hanging in there also provides a canvas to fantasize about what is yet to come.
This project module provides a platform for artists, designers and architects to hypothesize and explore design fictions centered on virtual, physical and post-physical interactions, cybernetics and participatory interfaces, with a view towards articulating speculative futures that prototype the tomorrow we dread and/or long for.
Through a series of lectures, workshops and targeted discussions, participants will address topics including post-human centered design, telepresence/telerobotics, network cultures, edge computing and distributed computing, machine learning, human and artificial intelligence, generative and autonomous systems, environmental sensing and smart citizenry.
Enrollment in MKGMedienkunst/Mediengestaltung/MAD MFAMaster of Fine Arts – graduate students will receive this degree or MediaArchitecture MSc programs
Application with CV1. [[Tracking Motion Detection|Computer Vision]], 2. [[wikipedia:Curriculum vitae]] and Statement of Motivation to jason.reizner [ät] uni-weimar.de
Successful completion of the course is dependent on regular attendance, active participation, completion of assignments and delivery of a relevant semester prototype and documentation. Please refer to the Evaluation Rubric for more details.
13 April 2021 / Week 1
Assignment: For next week, please review Of Other Spaces: Utopias and Heterotopias by Michel Foucault
Please be ready to share your preliminary ideas for your concept for your semester project.
20 April 2021 / Week 2
Less is More:
Dystopia, Utopia, Heterotopia, Xenotopia
Assignment: In preparation for next week's guest lecture, please review "Automatic Sweethearts", a chapter by Michael Hauskeller in Mythologies of Transhumanism
27 April 2021 / Week 3
How (not) to think of our technological future
Guest Lecture with Prof. Mario Verdicchio, University of Bergamo
Assignment: For next week, please review "Cyberspace, Or, The Unbearable Closure of Being" by Slavoj Žižek (in The Plague of Fantasies, 1997)
4 May 2021 / Week 4
Speculative Design, Design Fiction and the Cone of Futures
Ideation & Iteration
11 May 2021 / Week 5
Project Roundtable I
18 May 2021 / Week 6
Concept Development Lab I
Proposal Workshop with Matthew Lloyd
25 May 2021 / Week 7
Concept Development Lab II
Individual Consultations by Appointment
1 June 2021 / Week 8
Generative and Algorithmic Forms
Cybernetic Agency, Autonomy and Expressivity
8 June 2021 / Week 9
15 June 2021 / Week 10
Synthetic and Mixed Realities
The Real, The Rendered and the Irrelevant
22 June 2021 / Week 11
Cybernetic Organisms and Platform Environments
Post-Physical Interactions after Human-Machine Singularity
29 June 2021 / Week 12
3D/4D Form & Process Lab
6 July 2021 / Week 13
Project Roundtable II
13 July 2021 / Week 14