Schedule

Overview

Below is a basic outline of the activities you’ll engage in as part of this course.

Week 1: Introductions

The first week will coordinate teams across both courses in building a common understanding of the challenges and opportunities involved in designing technologies that suppport memory.

Assignments Type Due
Introductions: Assignment A Independent Thursday, January 19th, noon
Introductions: Assignment B Independent Tuesday, January 24th, noon

Week 2-10: Investigations

We will follow a three-week cycle of research, investigation, design and review. Each design exploration module will include an introduction lecture, a guest speaker, reading discussions, screenings, desk crits and a final project critique. The projects will involve a speculative prompt for critical making.

Assignments Type Due
A: Investigation - Prosthetic Independent Tuesday, Feb 9th
B: Investigation - Forgotten Collaborative Tuesday, Mar 2nd
C: Investigation - Remembrance Collaborative Tuesday, Mar 30th

Week 11: Synthesis

Following the investgations, we’ll take stock, reflect on the outcomes to date and examine where we’re at. This will lead to a synthesis of ideas into a full scale proposal which blends memory, space and technology as an installation/intervention.

Assignments Type Due
Synthesis Report Independent Tuesday, April 4th
Integrated Proposal Collaborative Tuesday, April 6/11th

Weeks 12-15: Application

The remainder of the semester will be used to build a full-scale physical prototype for deployment at CMU. The organization of schedules, build time, and delegation of tasks will be accomplished by the student teams.

Assignments Type Due
Final Project Collaborative Thursday, May 4th
3 minute Reflection Video Independent Friday, May 12th

Detailed Schedule

Introductions

The first week will coordinate teams across both courses in building a common understanding of the challenges and opportunities involved in designing technologies that suppport memory.

Date Activities Assignments
Tues, Jan 17 Introduction to the course and concepts
Memory Exercise & Discussion of memory
Digital Memory
Assignment A given
Thurs, Jan 19 Screening: Memory Hackers (summarized here)
Intro assignment A review
Assignment B given

Investigations I: Prosthetic

Date Activities Assignments
Tues, Jan 24 Research Reports.
Introduction to Assignment
Investigation A: Prosthetic given
Thurs, Jan 26 Guest Lectures Laurie Frick
Tues, Jan 31 Screening Black Mirror S1E3: The Entire History of You
Due 100 word project Proposal (post to gallery) and 2 discoveries posted to slack.
Thurs, Feb 2 Readings and Discussion See Library section. Each group reports out (5 mins), remaining time for open discussion.
Tues, Feb 7 Desk Crits 5 mins per person + office hours
Thurs, Feb 9 Critique of Outcomes 3 min presentation; group discussion of outcomes

Investigations II: Forgotten

Date Activities Assignments
Tues, Feb 14 Research Reports.
Introduction to Assignment
Investigation B: Forgotten given
Thurs, Feb 16 Warm Up Outcomes + Group Work Review of Warm up outcomes. Group Discussion. Break out for project planning.
Tues, Feb 21 Readings and Discussion Guest Lecture from John Zimmerman. Each group reports out (5 mins), remaining time for open discussion.
Thurs, Feb 23 Desk Crits + Group Work 20 mins per group + office hours too. Due 100 word project Proposal (post to gallery) and 2 discoveries posted to slack.
Tues, Feb 28 Screening - Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind  
Thurs, Mar 2 Critique of Outcomes 3 min presentation; group discussion of outcomes

Investigations III: Remebrance

Date Activities Assignments
Tues, Mar 7 Research Reports.
Introduction to Assignment
Investigation C: Remebrance given
Thurs, Mar 9 Guest Lectures  
Tues, Mar 21 Readings and Discussion  
Thurs, Mar 23 Screening  
Tues, Mar 28 Desk Crits  
Tues, Apr 11 Critique of Outcomes  

Synthesis

Date Activities Assignments
Thurs, Apr 13 In-Class Synthesis Reports - 3 minutes per student
Introduction to Final Project
Synthesis Report due
Tues, Apr 18 Proposal Discussion  

Application

Date Activities Assignments
Tues, Apr 11 Proposal Reviews  
Thurs, Apr 13 Desk Crits/Work session  
Tues, Apr 18 Milestone checkin  
Thurs, Apr 20 Desk Crits/Work session  
Tues, Apr 25 Desk Crits/Work session  
Thurs, Apr 27 Desk Crits/Work session  
Tues, May 2 Milestone checkin.  
Thurs, May 4 Course Review.
Discussion.
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