Space Is The Place: Digital Interactions in the Physical Universe
Instructor: Jason Reizner
Credits: 6 ECTS, 4 SWS
Capacity: max. 15 students
Language: English
Date: Montag/Monday, 13:30-16:45
Location: Marienstr. 7b, Room 103
First Meeting: 17 October 2016, 13:30


As applications and user experiences continue to evolve past the boundaries of the device and melt into the fabric of the world at large, the jobs of architects and interface designers are becoming ever more entangled and indistinguishable. In this world, a considered awareness of space and place is mandatory for the practitioners that mediate the environments where application states intersect states of mind. This course exposes participants to contemporary off-screen interfaces and ambient interaction in the rest of the universe, outside of the device. Reflecting on the physics and psychology of space, students will consider the theoretical and technical foundations of tangible, pervasive and ubiquitous computing, as well as future directions for emerging technologies including Mixed Realities and the Web of Everything, and apply their experimentation in support of the development of a relevant semester project, scaffolded by targeted readings, discussion sessions and workshops.

Admission requirements

Concurrent enrollment in another IFD[[IFD:Start|Interface-Design]] course offering, or with instructor permission.

Registration procedure

Registration for Winter Semester 2016/7 is now closed.


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

Eligible participants

MFAMaster of Fine Arts – graduate students will receive this degree Medienkunst/-gestaltung, MFAMaster of Fine Arts – graduate students will receive this degree Media Art and Design, MSc MediaArchitecture

Syllabus (subject to change)

17 October 2016
Week 1
Course Organization
Administrative Housekeeping

Assignment: Read the linked article titled "Newton's Views on Space, Time and Motion"

24 October 2016
Week 2
Physics of Space
Descartes, Newton, Leibniz, Einstein

Sources and Links from the Lecture

Assignment: Read the linked article titled "Kant's Views on Space and Time"
Begin production of your Motion Analysis Videos

31 October 2016
Week 3
No Class - Reformation Day

Assignment: Finish production of your Motion Analysis Videos in advance of next week's workshop

7 November 2016
Week 4
Philosophy of Space
Plato, Kant, Heidegger

Motion Analysis Workshop

Sources and Links from the Lecture

Assignment: Read the linked article titled "Of Other Spaces: Utopias and Heterotopias" from Michel Foucault
and develop your speculative model of an Heterotopia

14 November 2016
Week 5
Form, Space and Order
Operative (and Conditional) Design

Sources and Links from the Lecture

Assignment: Review the entirety of Operative Design from Anthony Di Mari and Nora Yoo
and come to our next meeting with an object or form you that you can describe using the spatial verbs presented in the reading

21 November 2016
Week 6
Human Perception and Psychology of Space
Human-scale Design

Sources and Links from the Lecture

Assignment: Finish preparing your Midterm Presentations and be prepared to discuss your project for 10-15 next week.
For our meeting in two weeks, please review "Equilibrium Theory Revisited: Mutual Gaze and Personal Space in Virtual Environments" from Bailensen et al., as well as "Distance Matters" from Olson and Olson

28 November 2016
Week 7
Midterm Presentations

5 December 2016
Week 8
Code/Space vs. Network/Globalisation

12 December 2016
Week 9
Situationism and Context-based Computing

2 January 2017
Week 10
Independent Project Work

9 January 2017
Week 11
Mapping and Physical Representation
Location Services

16 January 2017
Week 12
Milgram und Co.: Mixed Realities

23 January 2017
Week 13

Debugging Lab

30 January 2017
Week 14
Final Presentations

Further Reading