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Exercise 1: Your Work and Big Data

Due Wednesday, January 22

After reading and discussing Manovich's early ideas of New Media and the politics of the MIT student work on metadata, cull the work that you have already done and connect aspects of it with any of the threads presented in the reading.

You will give a brief presentation (roughly 10 minutes) of your work and ideas during class.

This exercise will begin to develop your skills in molding your ideas to relavent contemporary trends.

As you will not be making new work for this exercise (you are welcome to if you want), this will be a pass fail assignment.



Discussion Leader

Group 1: January 27,
Group 2: February 19
OR
Group 3: March 19

You and your group member(s) will choose readings/artists that you feel address an aspect of Big Data that you are interested in and that connects with your work in some way. You can use readings posted on the reading page or find new ones of your own.

You and your group members will lead the class discussion on your given day.

We will choose readings early on in the semester (group 1 by Friday Jan 24 and groups 2 and 3 by Wednesday Friday January 31) to give class members ample time to read the selections. It is fine if groups want to change or add to the readings after these dates, but give class members ample time.


Project 1: Your Work and Reading 2

Due Wednesday, February 12

After reading and discussing Sherry Turkle's Alone Togeter (TED talk and optionally the book), fuse some of the new ideas you learned with your artistic content or methodology. Also consider Baudrillard's notion of simulacra and how it relates to some of Dr. Turkle's research. Create new works that continue your thesis research, but that are a result of your consideration of concepts that you came across in the reading or discussion.

Use class time to work on your project, meet with the professor or share ideas with the other students.

You will present your work during critique on February 12.

Reading is posted here: Readings

Project 2: Your Work and Reading 3

Due Monday, March 17

After reading about, watching talks and discussing globalization through unifying thoughts and bridging the gap between unlike communities, fuse some of the new ideas you learned with your artistic content or methodology. Create new works that continue your thesis research, but that are a result of your consideration of concepts that you came across in the reading or discussion.

Use class time to work on your project, meet with the professor or share ideas with the other students.

You will present your work during critique on March 17.

Reading is posted here: Readings

Project 3: Your Work and Reading 4

Due Monday, April 7

After reading and discussing Big Data Narratives, fuse some of the new ideas you learned with your artistic content or methodology. Create new works that continue your thesis research, but that are a result of your consideration of concepts that you came across in the reading or discussion.

Use class time to work on your project, meet with the professor or share ideas with the other students.

You will present your work during critique on April 7.

Reading is posted here: Readings

Final

Due Wednesday, April 30

Consider the new works that you made this semester that were influenced by the themes associated with Big Data. Create work that reflects both your individual artistic research and some of the new threads that you came across in this class. This work should be a culmination of Big Data ideas that resonate most with your personal vision.

You will present your work during critique on April 30.