IFD:Hoarder, Artist or Data Scientist?

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Hoarder, Artist or Data Scientist?
Instructor: Jesús Velázquez
Credits: 6 ECTS, 4 SWS
Capacity: max. 12 students
Language: English
Date: Montag/Monday, 13:30-16:45
Location: Marienstr. 7b, Room 105
First Meeting: 14 October 2019


[T]he technical structure of the archiving archive also determines the structure of the archivable content even in its very coming into existence and in its relationship to the future. The archivization produces as much as it records the event. (Derrida - Archive Fever 17)

Collections and archives are part of our everyday lives, both physical and digital.

This course will investigate art and design approaches to physical and digital interfaces for the creation, organisation and display of archives, and explore the potential for interactions presented by these collections of objects, data and ideas.

Students will focus on designing and improving user and participant interactions with a view towards immersive experiences that support expanded forms for perceiving and engaging with archives.

Successful candidates are expected to develop the concept, design and realisation of their own approach to collection(s), centred on an interactive component employing contemporary methods such us physical computing, rapid prototyping and web technologies.

Admission requirements

Concurrent enrollment in another IFD course offering, or with instructor permission.

Registration Procedure

In addition to the enrollment via the BISON portal, candidates are required to send a PDF portfolio including one page motivation letter, stating your interest for the course, current competences and background at: jesus.velazquez[ät]uni-weimar[dot]de


Successful completion of the course is dependent on regular attendance, active participation, completion of assignments, delivery of a relevant semester prototype and documentation. Please refer to the Evaluation Rubric for more details.

Eligible participants

MFA Medienkunst/-gestaltung, MFA Media Art and Design, MSc MediaArchitecture

Syllabus (subject to change)

14 October
Course Organization
Administrative Housekeeping

21 October
Fake it till you make it
Paper Prototypes
Tools & Methods
Sources and Links from the Lecture

28 October
Why do we collect?
Sources and Links from the Lecture

04 November
No class - White Week

11 November
Sources and Links from the Lecture

19 November
Tour with Kultur-Satelliten: Neues Museum Weimar

25 November
facts & fictions
object displacements
Sources and Links from the Lecture
Guided Tour through Liz Bachhuber & Guests' exhibition "School's out!" in ACC Gallery with the artist Linda Schumann

02 December
No class

09 December
Midterm Presentations
Reading assignment

16 December
Intro to rapid-prototyping

07 January
Tour with Kultur-Satelliten: Anna Amalia Bibliothek

13 January
Photogrammetry I
Introduction to technology
Image acquisition
Stitching softwares
Sources and Links from the Lecture

20 January
Photogrammetry II
Point Cloud Export
Mesh Visualisation / Edition
Slicing and optimizations to 3D-print
Sources and Links from the Lecture

27 January
No class - White Week

03 February
Final Presentations