Due: Tuesday, Mar 30th
Submit Documentation: Gallery Pool - Ubiquitous Presence
|Tuesday, Mar 23||Proposal||Create a proposal for your creative project (200 words + illustrations) and share on the Gallery|
|Tuesday, Mar 30||Project||Develop a rough cut to discuss during desk crits|
|Thursday, Apr 1||Project||Present your prototype in class.|
|Friday, Apr 2, midnight||Documentation||Deliver documentation of your creative project|
Taking cues from ‘Networked Anxieties’ by Pierce and DiSalvo and ‘Material Speculations’ by Wackery et al, we’ll continue to explore otherworldly design opportunities applied to tangible, ubiquitous and responsive technologies. Specifically, we’ll imagine a series of alternative belief-based or superstitious smart home products.
Brief: Imagine a world where IoT devices are haunted by supernatural beings; where specters, familiars, or gremlins are fundamental components of of smart devices. Realize a plausible but alternative IoT product or service that builds in the supernatural, the mystical or on superstitions.
The goal of this exercise is to consider the blending of tangible and digital practices: you’re going to design a physical practice connected to digital information, informed by superstitions, the supernatural and in particular alternative beliefs, rituals and practices. To do this, we’ll first find a compelling ritual, practice or belief to build on. The warm up activity for this module will help with that. Next, draw parallels to existing smart home products and consider a critical position around issues such as predictability, privacy, or pervasive data. Draw analogs between these issues, existing technologies and systems of divination, belief or superstition. Then reimagine a smart home device (or a series of cooperating devices) and enacting a ritual or practice around it. Envision and prototype that experience and how the ritual is performed too. Remember: You should anchor your design in a specific alternative belief system or superstitions and investigate this deeply. You should develop a critical stance on contemporary technology that sets up an intentional propostion for an alternative design.
You should develop at least one prototype that demonstrates your ideas for how you can build alternative belief-based or superstitious smart home product. The proposal should consider how data and digital information operate within the device. You may choose any one of the four broad approaches to do this:
The possibilities are wide and varied. But you should:
Unusual approaches, left-of-center thinking and impracticality is encouraged!
Note: Hardware, technologies and other resources can be requested or purchased using the course budget.
This exercise is designed to develop knowledge relating to forgetting and digital technology, as well as, explore the ways in which forgetting (or aspects of letting go) can potentially be supported with new hybrid interactions through connected, ubiquitous and pervasive computing. As part of this exercise, you will:
Develop your domain understanding of ubiqutious computing, embodiment and rituals and practice;
Imagine how new hybrid practices (blended physical digital rituals) might be able to draw from alternative belief systems to present critical perspectives on technology;
Speculate on potential approaches and interactions for alternative smart and connected devices, from the practical to the outlandish (strongly encouraged);
Investigate existing technologies which can, could, and are used with alternative belief systems, superstitions and practices;
Develop a hands-on exploration that begins to tease-out the broader considerations, issues and requirements in designing for the smart home/IoT (social, cultural, personal, implications etc.)
Work collaboratively in an applied investigation to tease-out the broader considerations, issues and requirements in building alternative IoT devices.
A 1-2 minute video. Create a short (1-2 minute) video illustrating how the device would be used and how the ritual is performed with your smart object. This should illustrate the intended scenarios, interactions, and how it operates, etc.
Final deliverables to be presented at the Crit/Review
Include a write up of the following:
Intent and Design: What is the intent of this project and how does it reflect a critical perspective? Write about the big ideas behind your project? What are the goals? Why did you make it? What are your motivations?
Prototype/Outcome: Describe your experience/working prototype: What did you create, how, etc.? What tools and technologies were involved? Include appropriate content and illustration (e.g. a concept video, a video of the device in operation, diagrams, code, etc.) How does it relate or build on existing work (provide acknowledgements or cite this work).
Precedents: Give examples of prior work, ideas and projects that influenced your design. What work informed this idea i.e. make links to the material in class and the cases/projects you uncovered in this module. Describe theory, concepts, and research from this module that relate to your outcome.
Process: Describe how you arrived out the outcome. What iterations, refinements, design decisions and changes were made? What challenges were encountered and how did you resolve them?
Open Questions and Next Steps: What remains unresolved (in the concept, implementation or conversation around this outcome)? What are the things we should pay attention to for future explorations? What questions about ‘spookiness’ or everyday technology did this exploration raise or generate? What questions reamin to be addressed?
Group Reflection: Reflect on making this project. What did you learn? What would you do differently? Did you get where you wanted to? If not, why not? What do you need to get there, etc?
Attribution and References: Reference any sources or materials used in the documentation or composition.
Each of these sections should be no more than 200 words max. and well illustrated (images, videos, etc.)
For the Project Info’s goal description: it must be tweetable - summarise your outcome in no more than 140 characters