This course supports students in learning to re-use and re-appropriate electronic materials and objects in works of art and design. It is a hands-on, studio production course related to the concepts of ubiquitous computing and interaction design, training students to re-use in an ethical, critical and considered way. Students will read, think, sketch, design, code, solder and build (but not always in that order) in order to produce physical objects that explore issues including, but not limited to, the habituation of technology over humans (and vice-versa) and operating and understanding existence in an over-mediated world, suggesting how we can address these issues through hacking, re-using and critical making. Students will develop a definition of hacking as re-using or appropriating used systems and rules and explore hacking in the context of musical creation and performance with exercises in circuit bending and making and altering ready-made electronic, musical instruments.
All aspects of open source culture (including the Open Source Hardware Movement (http://www.oshwa.org), copyright law (writing and speeches by Lawrence Lessig), and hacking theory and criticism will be brought into discussion. Activities may include Junkyard Scrap Challenges (http://www.scrapyardchallenge.com) and field trips to Salvation Army stores as artists looking for useful, lively things and scraps to take apart, hack and build with. An introductory understanding of creative coding (particularly Processing) and Physical Computing (including the Arduino platform) will be taught. Artists will be studied, which will lend context to the students work, including Cory Arcangel, Douglas Repetto, Garnet Hertz, Daito Manabe, Kelly Heaton, Julie Andreyev, F.A.T. Lab, John Kessler, Tim Hawkinson, Survival Research Lab and the Institute for Applied Autonomy. Through study of these artists, coupled with the practice of critical making, students will learn to make systems (of control, of function, of repetition) visible and unstable by hacking and re-using.
Open to Undergraduate and Graduate Students