1 · 8/28 · How We Unravel the Code

in class

  • Overview
    • people
    • about the class
    • course structure
    • expectations
    • class website
      • tutorials
      • others resources
  • 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
  • dFab orientation with Ryan McKibbin
    – 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 6 Essential Training tutorials on Lynda (MICA login required, each chapter is roughly 30 minutes)
      • Ch 1 – Interface (This reviews topics from the in-class intro and adds some other info)
      • Ch 2 – Workflow Basics (Organizing and moving objects around)
      • Ch 3 – Drawing with 2D Geometry (This is needed for next class)
      • Ch 4 – Modeling with Basic Surfaces (Actually working in 3D. Cover this week, if possible. Do it next week if you are maxed out)
    • Grasshopper
      • Introduction to GH
      • Working with Data Trees
      • Advanced Data Trees
      • Parametric Pleating

2 · 9/4 · Pattern

in class

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

homework


3 · 9/11 · Weaving

in class

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

homework


4 · 9/18 · Folding

in class


homework


5 · 9/25 · Control

in class


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, Paul and Margaret 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 · 10/2 · Planning

in class

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

homework

  • continue research
  • gather materials
  • continue work in CPJ
  • finalized research question, post in CPJ

7 · 10/9 · Prepare

in class

  • Lecture by George Ciscle on presentation
  • Individual meetings about your research and proposal with Ryan, Annet, Margaret, Alan and Paul
  • meeting with students traveling to NL, 9:30-10:00 pm

homework

  • Continue “input” collection in your CPJ.
  • Develop your research proposal.
  • Upload your presentation.
    • Who are you?
      • text on slide: name, major, graduation year
      • image on the slide: a picture of yourself that isn’t totally boring, and ideally relates to what you are going to talk about in this slide
      • what to say:  your name, something about yourself that the audience can connect to and remember, ideally related to your project
    • What do you make? 
      • text on slide: optional
      • image on the slide: an image of your work
      • what to say: Tell us about your creative background and an example project or skill relevant to your research project.
    • What inspires you?
      • text on slide: optional –
      • image on the slide: an image of/ related to what inspires you, may reference another contemporary artist/practitioner, a natural phenomenon, etc
      • what to say: go beyond why something is interesting or great, get to why it inspires you to work
    • What is your topic of interest?
      • text on slide: optional
      • image on the slide: an image that represents your topic of interest somehow.
      • what to say:  Explain your topic to establish a frame for your research question. Be concise.
    • What is your research question? 
      • text on slide: Your concisely worded question.
      • image on the slide: optional, don’t clutter it up too much
      • what to say:  your question (the one time it is okay to just speak what is written on the slide
    • What will you make to pursue an answer your question?
      • text on slide: optional- steps
      • image on the slide: a sketch, a related example, something that defines the problem-space
      • what to say:  Describe what might you make in pursuit of this question. Outline some steps regarding research, prototyping, and production. Call out any needs for skills and knowledge – perhaps these could be addressed be people in the audience through sharing, collaboration, or providing resources.

8 · 10/16 · Presentations

in class

  • Research proposal presentations for all students with feedback
  • Meeting with students traveling to NL, 9:30-10:00

homework

  • Continue research
  • Gather materials
  • Collect and publish documentation

9+10 · 10/23-30 · 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
  • determine and post a timeline for the remainder of the semester

11 · 11/6 · Hands-On R&D

in class

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

homework

  • continue research
  • gather materials
  • continue work in CJP

12 · 11/13 · Production

in class

  • optional workshop
    work time
    individual meetings
    continuous documentation

homework

  • continue research
  • gather materials
  • continue work in CJP

13 · 11/20 · Production

in class

  • individual meetings
  • continuous documentation

homework

  • complete project
  • create your slide deck using PowerPoint in a 16:9 format, 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
  • Upload the .ppt file by noon Wednesday, Dec 4th at 12 noon.

14 · 11/27 · Thanksgiving Break


15 · 12/4 · Finalize

in class

  • individual project reviews
  • resolve project display, last details
  • continuous documentation

homework

  • finalize project display
  • complete your project post on class website
  • create a good public face for your CPJ

16 · 12/11 · Final Presentations

in class

  • set up at Open Works
  • public presentations
  • conversation
  • cleanup

homework

  • make any needed revisions/additions to your project post on the class website
  • complete and post all documentation to your CPJ
  • upload any images you want to share to the class image drive