Each student is required to bring to class a minimum of 2 different media and the necessary tools to be used for conceptual model production and 1-2 large sheets of paper (18×24 – doesn’t have to be nice) and writing utensils. Consult the list of recommended materials provided below.
“getting lit … erary”
essential terminology will be defined and the nature of working conceptually discussed
“interrogating connections | a path to a medium”
Beginning with a few “points of entry” into the context of your particular precedent hybrid, the objective of this exercise is to discover relevant connections through actions and to explore the conceptual relationships surrounding these actions through different methods of controlling stream of consciousness.
Working in precedent teams of two or more, begin to interrogate the connections between hybrid uses you are considering or concepts you have developed through concept mapping. Discover new connections and define these connections as verbs or actions – operations that you could interract with.
keep in mind
If you start with 2 terms, you should strive to end with 100.
The connection (line) is more important than the term(point) as it qualifies the meaning of the relationship between nodes and it defines the action or operation that you will then use to build concept models.
What do these mappings expose? Evaluate breadth vs. depth in understanding relationships? Identifying potency vs. pitfall? Can you determine or prioritize relevant physical media or processes to associate with the verbs or actions?
“Exploring a concept through a medium”
Using one of the verbs or actions identified in the first exercise, select a relevant media from the central media repository and generate a sequence of a minimum of 5 different products which embody the nature of the trope.
The sequence should find rigor by forcing the media to produce very distinct products for the the same trope (breadth), or to find the minimum and maximum articulations of the same process for the selected trope as an incremental study(depth).
Emphasis should be placed on developing operational and parametric thinking for how the medium is used to articulate the trope.
Studio critique. How well can we understand the concepts being explored without hearing any back story. Quickly tag or label the explorations with the terminology (verbs) they exhibit.
“(re)state your assumptions”
“11:15, restate my assumptions: 1. Mathematics is the language of nature. 2. Everything around us can be represented and understood through numbers. 3. If you graph these numbers, patterns emerge. Therefore: There are patterns everywhere in nature.” – Maximillian Cohen in the movie PI
In the movie PI, the character mathemetican Maximillian Cohen, regularly restates his assumptions, reminding himself of the driving agenda behind the project he is immersed in.
In a similar fashion, start a log of your thinking relative to the problems and solutions of the project at hand. Don’t assume that this document is binding or not subject to change, on the contrary it should change over the course of development. This document can be used to retain awareness or focus of your thinking at any particular time. In as clear and concise, yet sufficiently descriptive prose as possible develop a written statement of your project agenda.
Do this as frequently as possible, weekly, daily, etc. over the course of the project. To stay articulate about your agenda.
“Verb List Compilation: Actions to Relate to Oneself” – Richard Serra [1967-1968]
Please have 2 sets of modeling materials (media) and the requisite tools with you at the beginning of class for use building multiple small scale models. You are not required to select from the list. If you have an idea for a great modeling media or a material you’ve always wanted to work with, bring it in. We do not have time to move back and forth between the shop, so no need to contemplate larger modeling making tools. Think small, quick, easily controllable.
Sheet goods: Corrugated cardboard, foam core, chip board, plywood, wood veneer, acrylic, paper(s), metal(s), fabric, rubber, canvas, other, etc.
Linear goods: Bass wood, polymer extrusions, rope, wire, other, etc.
Sculptable materials: Plastelina, clay, wax, polymer shapes, florist foam, pink/blue insulation (please check out a wire cutter), other, etc
Paintable materials: Paint, silicone, inks, dyes, rapid setting adhesives, other, etc.
Found objects: Bottle caps, DVD’s, old cd covers/cases, newspaper, magazines, books, natural materials (plants, landscape), food, clothing(s), recyclable bottles/plastic, other, etc.
NECESSARY TOOLS: Please bring all tools necessary for small scale and FAST (!) model building including but not limited to:
Glue, knives, blades, hot glue, straight edge, scissors, markers, hot wire cutter, drills, ruler, wire cutter, pliers, other, etc.