Please note that this is a draft schedule and will inevitably change to some extent.

1 | Aug 31 |  Beginning

In Class

  • How we Unravel the Code
    • people
    • about the class
    • course structure
    • expectations
    • resources
      • dFab tour with Ryan McKibbin
      • class website
        • tutorials
        • others
  • Creative Process Journal
    • CPJ requirements
      • results of every workshop
      • weekly posts
        • first half – research posts (input)
          • gather research- books, journals, online, images
          • bibliography and direct links
          • thoughts on these inputs
          • develop “your” research question
        • second half – process documentation (factory)
          • persistent photo-documentation of experiments and process – snapshots are ok
          • in-progress evaluations
          • formulation of questions -technical and conceptual
        • end – final documentation and presentation (output)
          • revise front page of CPJ
        • bi-weekly comments on other’s CPJ
        • maintain organization
      • Tutorial: Setting up and using WordPress for your CPJ

-break-

  • Information regarding travel to the Netherlands
  • Workshops
    • Group I – with Ryan – Intro to Rhino and quick peek at Grasshopper
    • Group II – with Annet – navigating resources online


Homework

  • Reading
    • The Sympathy of Things (excerpt) by Lars Spuybroek
    • Write a post on your CPJ in response to the Spuybroek Reading
  •  CPJ
    • Create a WordPress site for you CPJ (if not completed in class).
    • Set up a front page that explains your site.
    • Establish a menu structure.
    • Style the site to your liking.
    • Read about the role of the CJP in art practice research (optional).
    • Add a link to you CPJ in your profile.
      • Be sure to include the full URL (http://mycpj.com).
      • While you are on this page, confirm that you have a good profile image loaded. Your profile picture pulls automatically from your google account when you log in. If you don’t have an image loaded, you can add one on this page or in your google account.
    • begin input into your CPJ
      • make a first post explaining your interests in this class and possible areas of research
      • make another post in response to the Spuybroek reading
      • keep your posts organized using categories and tags
  • Technical Tutorials (do at least one of the following sub-items)
    • Rhino 5 tutorials on Lynda – watch Intro and get through Chapter 10
      • Ch 1-5 – interface and workflow (review & niceties, may skip)
      • Ch 6-10 – modeling (the real meat)
      • Ch 11-15 – extras (some topics that may be useful)
    • Grasshopper
      • Introduction to GH
      • Working with Data Trees
      • Advanced Data Trees
      • Parametric Pleating

2 | Sept 7 |  Pattern

In Class

  • Check-in as a group
  • Discussion of readings
  • Digital Patterning
    • division
    • repetition
    • algorithmic growth

Homework

  • Reading
  • CPJ
    • Document and upload your in-class work
    • Post a response to either or both readings
    • Continue “input” collection in your CPJ.
    • Check out your classmate’s CPJs and leave a comment on at least two classmate’s sites.
  • Technical Tutorials (choose based on your own level and learning preferences).

 

3 | Sept 14 | Weaving

In Class

  • Check-in as a group
  • Lecture by visiting artist Mary Smull
  • Workshops- split & switch
    • workshop on weave drafting and on the loom
    • digital weaving in Grasshopper
      • binary
      • boolean logic
      • data management

Homework

 

4 | Sept 21 | Folding

In Class

  • Origami workshop with David Kandel
  • Parametric laser cutting with Ryan
  • 9:30-10:00 pm meeting with students on the Netherlands trip


Homework

  • Reading
  •  CPJ
    • Document in-class work and post it
    • Post a response to (at least) one of the readings
    • Continue “input” collection in your CPJ.
    • Begin defining your project.
  • Technical
    • Try out topics learned in the workshops.
    • Continue software tutorials.
    • Begin defining your project.
  • Inspiration
    • Lining Yao at the BMA, Sunday 9/21 3:00 (optional)
      BIO: Lining Yao is a Chinese born designer and maker of novel materials and interfaces. Yao is currently a PhD Candidate at Tangible Media Group, MIT Media Lab, where she focuses on pushing Human Computer Interaction toward Human Material Interaction. Her research revolves around the intersection of novel materials, digital fabrication and interaction design. Rather than computing the virtual data, she is trying to compute the physical material. Programming the physical states of material’s shape, color, stiffness, texture and density is the long term goal of her research. Before coming to the US, she had been deeply involved in Chinese local design and manufacturing industry as a design consultant and entrepreneur. She has won numerous industrial design awards including Red Dot Award and iF Design Award. BS, MFA, Art and Design, Zhejiang University, China. MS, Media Arts and Science, MIT.
      Among her projects is a fabric that she is developing with flaps that open and close in response to body temperature, a pretty unique way to address designs for mobile living.

      Here’s her website, bio, and few other links:
    • Additional Origami Resources

 

5 | Sept 28 | Control

In Class

  • Announcements
  • Arduino workshop
  • Readings discussion


Homework

  •  CPJ
    • Document in-class work and post it.
    • Continue “input” collection in your CPJ.
    • Prepare for individual meetings next week.
      • Each student will meet with Annet, Ryan, Alan, and Kyle as a group.
      • The CPJ will be the primary device for communicating your research project in this meeting
      • Your CPJ should identify:
        • the influential input of your research process to-date
        • a draft of your your research question
        • possible methodologies for exploring your research question (What will you make?)
  • Technical
    • Review notes from previous workshop.
    • Identify areas of technical need for your project.

 

6 | Oct 5 | Shift

In Class

  • Design Bootcamp
  • Individual meetings – each student will meet with Annet, Ryan, Alan, and Kyle as a group.

Homework

  • Continue “input” collection in your CPJ.
  • Begin work on presentation.
    • Complete slide 1 (see next week for details)

7 | Oct 12 | Prepare

In Class

  • On Presentation,  with George Ciscle
  • Develop proposal/presentation
  • Individual meetings

Homework

  • Complete work for research proposal presentations
    • Slide 1: Who are you? (Tell us your name share random but memorable piece of information about yourself.)
    • Slide 2: What do you make? (Tell us about your creative background and an example project/skill technique that might be relevant in relation to the Unravel the Code project.)
    • Slide 3: What is your topic of interest? (Explain your topic and why you find it fascinating. Be concise. Reference a contemporary artist/practitioner if you can).
    • Slide 4: What is your medium? (Explain what materials and tools you wish to use, what your approach is and what experiments you wish to carry out.)
    • Side 5: What is your question? Present a research question that guides/stimulates/challenges your production.
  • Upload your 5 slides as a single pdf – letter sized landscape by noon on Tuesday

 

8 | Oct 19 | Presentations

In Class

  • Research proposal presentations for all students with outside input/guests
  • Meeting with students traveling to NL, 9:30-10:00

Homework

  • Continue research
  • Gather materials
  • Collect and publish documentation

 

8 | Oct 26 | Netherlands

In Class

  • Students participating in travel will be in NL
  • Students in Baltimore will meet with technical assistants to move projects forward
  • Continuous documentation

Homework

  • Continue research
  • Gather materials
  • Continue work in CJP

 

10 | Nov 2 |  Hands-On R&D

In Class

  • Martha J. Connolly, Ph.D.  Director, Mtech Baltimore and Director of BioEntrepreneurship
  • Stephanie Chin, MICA Assistant Director for Entrepreneurship aka Entrepreneurship Evangelist
  •  optional workshop
  • work time
  • individual meetings
  • continuous documentation

Homework

  • continue research
  • gather materials
  • continue work in CJP
  • determine and post a timeline for the remainder of the semester

 

11 | Nov 9 | Hands-On R&D

In Class

  • optional workshop
  • work time
  • individual meetings
  • continuous documentation

Homework

  • continue research
  • gather materials
  • continue work in CJP

 

12 | Nov 16 |   Production

In Class

  • optional workshop
  • work time
  • individual meetings
  • continuous documentation

Homework

  • continue research
  • gather materials
  • continue work in CJP

 

13 | Nov 23 | Thanksgiving

 

14 | Nov 30 | Work

In Class

  • work time
  • individual meetings
  • continuous documentation

Homework

  • complete project
  • continue work in CJP

 

15 | Dec 7 | Finalization

In Class

  • individual project reviews
  • resolve project display
  • continuous documentation

Homework

  • finalize project display
  • complete presentation 5 minute presentation addressing the following points
    1. Introduce yourself and your project
      1. The title of your project
      2. Your name
      3. Your major and graduation date
      4. An image that introduces your project
    2. Research Question
      1. Your clearly stated research question
      2. An image that is relevant to your question
    3. Process
      1. Explain your process for answering your question.
      2. Illustrate the process with an image(s)
    4. What you learned
      1. List the skills you had to acquire to do this work
      2. Illustrate that process with an image(s)
    5. Results
      1. Explain the final result of your research, using images
    6. Conclusions
      1. Explain what you learned from your research
      2. Indicate new questions and potential extensions of this work
    7. Acknowledgements
      1. Thank yous
      2. Credits
  • send presentation to Ryan by 9:00AM Sunday
  • create a good public face for your CPJ

 

15 | Dec 14 | Presentation

In Class

  • set up
  • public presentations
  • conversation
  • cleanup

Homework

  • complete and post all documentation to your CPJ
  • upload any image you want to share to the class image drive

 

Leave a Reply