Course Description:

In this course students are encouraged to conceptualize and realize individually designed creative projects using digital technologies. The course is structured as a research studio and students are expected to do extensive independent work documenting their progress from conceptualization to prototype to the larger artistic context of their projects. Readings and the viewing of current artistic practices in the digital arts complement critiques. Students are required to maintain websites for their projects in this course and should possess the skills necessary to do this.

Wednesday, 10:00 a.m. - Noon and 2:00 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.


Active student participation throughout all aspects of this course will make your experience much more meaningful and is necessary for the successfully completion of the course. Students are expected to be present for all class meetings. Please email me if you must miss a class. More than 2 absences or chronic lateness will seriously jeopardize your standing in this course.

Students will be evaluated based on the following: Participation/attitude, creative/conceptual work, technical dexterity and progress over the term.


Student projects can take many forms during this course. However, the term should culminate with a substantial individual piece or a body of work that is resolved conceptually and produced completely (any incomplete work will be cause for a marginal pass or failure.) Self-directed research into contemporary artistic practice as it relates to your ideas/work is mandatory and must be documented on your personal websites. This is to include other artist's work and relevant writings (critical essays, reviews, books, book excepts etc.)

>> I do not accept late work! <<


All students are expected to visit and contribute to the class wiki on a regular basis. Each student is also expected to create and maintain a personal website (can be wiki format) for this class. All research, documentation, and creative work should be posted on your site for peer review and comments. Individual websites should be updated weekly(or more) and include all of your work for this course. In-class presentation materials should be located on your website. Using a blog to compliment your personal site is entirely acceptable/encouraged. In addition, the links page for this class is a wiki, which allows each of us to add to the page as the term progresses.

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Office hours/help:

I am available for technical help or to discuss individual projects via office hours and email. If you would like to schedule a time to meet with me, please check my calendar (link above) and email me an appropriate time that works with both our schedules. Please do not leave voice mail! I am also readily available via email and will regularly respond within a few hours.

Bang-Geul Han, the Digital Arts Technician has regular help hours each week. For more information, please visit the POD website.


Readings will be assigned based on our discussions and your work as the term progresses.

Session 1: February 21

Introduction to the course. Discussion of student's previous work and intentions for the term.
Introduction to Prototopia: Motoring begins.

Session 2: February 28

Bill Moggridge , pages 642-662 "People and Prototypes," from Designing Interactions , 2007, MIT press.

Review Motoring research.

Session 3, March 7

Bill Moggridge , pages 663-681 "People, Latent Needs and Desires," from Designing Interactions , 2007, MIT press.

Student presentations of Motoring work.

Session 4: March 14

Bill Moggridge , pages 683-699 "Prototypes" and pages 701-724 "Prototyping Techniques," from Designing Interactions , 2007, MIT press

You've Got The Power begins.

Session 5: March 21

Bill Moggridge , pages 587-611 "Futures and Alternative Nows," from Designing Interactions , 2007, MIT press.

Review You've Got The Power research. Individual meetings with Robert about final project ideas.

Session 6: March 28

Read: Bill Moggridge , pages 611-639 "Futures and Alternative Nows," from Designing Interactions, 2007, MIT press.

Student presentations of You've Got The Power work.

Session 7: April 4

Guest Critic: Michael Mandiberg

Student presentations on final project ideas. Including a written version of the idea (1 page), sketches, and research.

Session 8: April 11

Long Weekend: NO CLASS
Session 9: April 18

Read: Lev Manovich, "The Poetics of Augmented Space," 2005

Student presentations:

Session 10: April 25

Plan Day: No class

Session 11: May 2



Student presentations:

Session 12: May 9

Student presentations:

Session 13: May 16

Registration: No afternoon class


Final project discussions and work.
Session 14: May 23

Final project discussions and work.
Session 15: May 30

Last Class. Final projects due. (All work from the term must be complete and located on student web pages by the start of class.)
  Robert Ransick Advanced Projects in Digital Arts, Spring 2007 Bennington College
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