Term: Winter 2024
Section: 11
Class Number: 28807
Credits: 3
Required: No
Elective: No
Course Brief

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Getting Under the Digital Hood

Operating like an exploratory think tank, ‘Getting Under the Digital Hood’ will locate the ethics, values ,practices, and operations of various software, probing hidden and emergent capacity in digitally produced, software realms. This, through the production of work that is framed, but not entirely predicted. We will interrogate emerging interests and work in this area: exposing the etymology of several softwares; interrogating the preferences/ biases of certain modeling and imaging software; identifying authorial relations to the various platforms; and cracking open the operational space of digital environments, their ‘set ups’, and outputs. We will contextualize and engage the gear we commonly use, particularly with respect to the design studio, without knowing where other potential might be discovered. We will consider the ‘tools’ we work with as negotiable. Collaborators, as it were, rather than simply reducing them to information shuttles that simply do things for us. The objectives are to increase knowledge, discretion, and to pry open the potential of digital workspaces, perhaps leading to innovative ways for working, to finding curious qualities and perhaps discovering ‘content’ generators in a body of work. We will augment, and even hijack what is expected, to discover what might be possible. This is speculative experimentation. Full tilt. No brakes


Wed 10:00am-1:00pm West Review


Perry Kulper