Lecturer: Mindaugas Gapševičius
Tutor: Antje Danz
Credits: 6 ECTS, 4 SWS
Date: Thursdays 09:15-12:30
Venue: Marienstraße 7b, Biolab (Room 202)
First meeting: Thursday, 7 May 2020; 09:15-12:30

The theme of the course is a reference to the well known biblical saying about a mountain, which, if not moved would invite to move oneself. The saying means openness to whatever input, and ability to adjust to the way things are. In the upcoming course, we will study interactive settings between organisms and ourselves, build situations for organisms to move the way we want. Still, to force organisms to move the way we want would not necessarily become truth, therefore, the final goal of the course is rather to understand the interactive settings between different types of organisms, including ourselves.

While working in our homes we will have a focus on two organisms: a slime mold physarum polycefallum, and a flagellate euglena gracilis. Students will be provided with organisms, and tools to develop their ideas. Students with specific needs will be directed to available methods and resources.

No special skills are required to participate in the course. Participation at the Big Blue Button Webinar (see below)


Please Note

  • This class is limited to students from BfA/MfA MKGMedienkunst/MediengestaltungVKVisuelle Kommunikation – a graphic design program at the faculty GestaltungFKFreie Kunst – a program at the faculty Gestaltung, Media Architechture
  • First meeting is reserved for QA and technical tests, not mandatory

Registration to the course

Please send a motivation letter through the BisonBeratungs- und Informations-System online →VLV platform or to mindaugas.gapsevicius[@]uni-weimar.de

Big Blue Button Webinar

Tools and Toolkits

Students will be provided with video tutorials and toolkits containing tools. Available 5 toolkits / each.

Euglena gracilis

  • various glassware (6 units)
  • Euglena gracilis
  • Chemicals
  • mini scale
  • small pipette

Physarum polycephalum

  • Petri dishes (5 units)
  • 3d Labyrinth
  • agar-agar
  • living physarum polycephalum
  • dried physarum polycephalum
  • Digital microskope

Syllabus

  • 07.05.2020 - QA / testing BBB platform
  • 14.05.2020 - /Introduction to the framework, tools, and organisms, checking related projects, dividing into the groups
  • 21.05.2020 - no class (holiday).
  • 28.05.2020 - checking video materials, cooking medium for the organisms
  • 04.06.2020 - inspecting organisms, maze experiment (physarum) / clock experiment (euglena)
  • 11.06.2020 - Timelapse (physarum) / clock experiment (euglena)
  • 18.06.2020 - Timelapse (physarum) / clock experiment (euglena)
  • 25.06 - presentation of individual ideas (midterm presentation)
  • 02.07 - individual work
  • 09.07 - individual work
  • 16.07 - individual work
  • 23.07 - project presentation and wrap up

Students

  • Megane Degas
  • Moritz Walerian Caspar Hanfgarn
  • Maya Anna Vieth
  • Funda Zeynep Aygüler
  • Ann-Kristin Jakubek
  • /Melina Johanna Vesely

Related student projects

Physarum Polycephalum

Euglena Gracilis

Grading

The outcome of the course is an interactive setting between humans and organisms. The successful completion of the course is regular participation in the BBB Webinar and a project documented in the GMUGestaltung medialer Umgebungen wiki. The documentation may contain text, video, images, sketches, sound, and other digital formats.

  • 20 % Theory
  • 50 % Individual project
  • 30 % Documentation including 20% of updates in WikiHaiwaiian for ''fast'' (not an acronym). It is the name for a hypertext system for websites where the user may not only read the content but is also able to change it instantaneously through the browser.