Art, Science & Technology | Syllabus

Course Description

Design | Media Arts 9. Art, Science & Technology (5) Lecture, two hours; outside study, 12 hours. Open to students of all disciplines. Introductory course to explore and survey the cultural impact of scientific and technological innovations, technology driven art inspired by science and art / science collaborative projects. Students will be introduced to the vast array of cutting edge research taking place on campus, and scientists leading this work will guest lecture. Emphasis will be on art projects that use technology and respond to new scientific concepts. P / NP or letter grading.

Course Objectives

Art, Science & Technology is an introductory course that explores how similar technologies are driving new forms of art and science. It broadly surveys scientific and technological innovations, using technology in innovative ways; it is art inspired by science and art / science collaborative projects. Art is taken to encompass contemporary forms of expression that are technologically driven.

The class is designed for students of all disciplines, including the non-declared, with a goal to inspire students to think outside of the box, explore divergent and convergent thought and seek out knowledge and inspiration from many different disciplines as well as encourage collaboration with their peers. Scientists will visit the class and will discuss their cutting edge research, discovery and innovation. The intent is to show that scientists describe their moments of discovery in similar terms as artists do about their creative breakthroughs and that, fundamentally, both grapple with identical questions of the nature of reality. Students also will be introduced to the world-class research conducted on this campus and will be encouraged to visit artists' studios and scientists' laboratories.

Every week will be devoted to a particular theme with required reading, and students will be asked to maintain a blog that incorporates their own ideas in relation to the subject. The midterm and final are based on the weekly lectures and blogs. The final grade is based on the midterm, final, attendance and the blog.

Course Materials

An extensive course reader will be available on the class website as pdf files as well as links and selected archived video talks from the EDA lecture series.

Assignments

Weekly reading assignments are required for class participation and to complete the midterm and final effectively. Students should work with the professor and their TA throughout the quarter regarding their research topics for the midterm and final.

Grading

Grading is based on the midterm (20%), final (paper) (30%), blog (30%), and attendance (20%).

Midterm Due February 8th by Midnight
The midterm is a 10 page presentation in addition to the normal blog. Students will turn in their Midterm Presentation and blog to their TA by February 8th at midnight. Please post your blog as you normally do, and email your professor the presentation. You can download the presentation template as a PowerPoint file here: PowerPoint Template (available shortly)

FORMAT: If you don't use movies/animations in your presentation, please submit your presentation as a PDF file (you can do this by exporting or printing to a PDF from PowerPoint or Keynote). If you included movies/animations, please send the PowerPoint or Keynote file (reminder: if your using PowerPoint, you must also email the movie file as the program does not embed them).

POWERPOINT TEMPLATE (use the template to fill in your information)
:
Page 1: Title Page (DESMA 9: Art, Science and Technology. Title. Name. Section)
Page 2: Abstract(~100 words)
Page 3: Concept/Topic (~100 words)
Page 4: Context & Precedents (imagery/text)
Page 5-7: Project Proposal + Diagram/Illustration (~100 words)
Page 8: Conclusion (~100 words)
Page 9: References. Please use the MLA Handbook for format guidelines
Page 10: Bibliography/Links (20 minimum). Please use the MLA Handbook for format guidelines

MIDTERM BLOG
500-800 words
part 1: write a paragraph or two that ties together the topics from week 1-4 (i.e. discuss how they're related).
part 2: discuss how your presentation idea relates to the topics discussed in part 1


FINAL due Sunday March 8, 2009 by midnight

Note.Draft abstract of project proposal (111 words) due Sunday March 1 by midnight.

The final is a 12 page presentation. Students will turn in their Final Presentation to their TA (via email) by March 8 at midnight. You can download the presentation template as a PowerPoint file here: PowerPoint Template

FORMAT: If you don't use movies/animations in your presentation, please submit your presentation as a PDF file (you can do this by exporting or printing to a PDF from PowerPoint or Keynote). If you included movies/animations, please send the PowerPoint or Keynote file (reminder: if your using PowerPoint, you must also email the movie file as the program does not embed them).

POWERPOINT TEMPLATE (use the template to fill in your information):
Page 1: Title Page (DESMA 9: Art, Science and Technology. Title. Name. Section)
Page 2: Abstract
Page 3: Concept/Topic
Page 4: Social Context Page 5: Precedents and literature review
Page 6-9: Project Proposal + Diagram/Illustration
Page 10: Conclusion
Page 11: Discussion
Page 12: References. Please use the MLA Handbook for format guidelines

Final project: guidelines.
Expand the midterm proposal or come up with a new topic
Situate project in a given social context (past, present, future of fictitious)
Every topic in the class should be integrated in your proposal narrative
References should include course related materials -- readings / movies / web: at least 3 books, no wikipedia references, citation required for everything including and especially images in proposal
Use your blogs as background research



Weekly Blog
Students are required to do weekly blogging related to the topics covered. Specifically, they will be responding to the lecture or reading materials, and are encouraged to incorporate news/research related to the subject. The blog will be reviewed weekly.

Teaching Assistant Roles

Class will meet twice a week. One teaching assistant will be assigned for no more than 30 students enrolled. The entire class will meet for a two-hour lecture that includes a guest speaker once a week. The second one hour meeting will consist of groups of no more than 30 led by teaching assistants who will be checking attendance. Teaching assistants will hold office hours for four hours weekly. Additional lectures and events will be required as part of the course work. The instructor will hold regularly scheduled office hours.

Schedule

Week 1
January 6: Introduction to class topics
January 8: Two Cultures
Assignment: Blog due Sunday midnight
Extra credit: Attend the North / South mixer and Particle Group exhibition and blog about it.

Week 2
January 13:  Mathematics, Perspective, Time and Space
January 15:
Assignment: Blog due Sunday midnight
Extra credit: Attend Jonathan Young lecture, “The Search for Meaning” and blog about it. EDA, room 1250, 4-7pm.

Week 3
January 20: Blogs + Week 2 Review / Industrial age, Kinetic Art, Robotics (part 1)
January 22: Industrial age, Kinetic Art, Robotics (part 2) / Media
Assignment: Blog due Sunday midnight

Week 4
January 27: Blogs + Week 3 Review / Human Body & Medicine
January 29: Guest speaker: Stefanie Adcock, Art | Science assistant director, "Body, Art, Disease" symposium organizer.
Assignment: Blog due Sunday midnight
Extra Credit: Visit and blog about the Louise M. Darling BioMed Library

Week 5
February 3: Review & MIDTERM
February 5:
February 8: Midterm + Blog due Sunday midnight
Assignment: Midterm + Blog

Week 6
February 10: Biotech
February 12: Presentation
Assignment: Blog due Sunday midnight

Week 7
February 17: Memory & Consciousness
February 19: Midterm reviews + Guest speaker: Siddarth Ramakrishnan, postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Physiology.
Assignment: Blog due Sunday midnight


Week 8
February 24: Space Lecture + Guest speaker: Linda Weintraub, author, independent curator of contemporary art, NY
February 26: Blog reviews + Visit to Walter Geckelman's Physics Plasma Lab (to be confirmed).
Assignment: Blog due Sunday midnight
EXTRA CREDIT:
NanoSystems Seminar Series // Greener Nanoscience: Designing Safer Products and Cleaner Processes
Tuesday, February 24, 2009
Location: UCLA Campus, CNSI Auditorium – 4:00 PM, Reception to Follow

LINDA WEINTRAUB // Drop Dead Gorgeous: Beauty and the Aesthetics of Activism
http://www.lindaweintraub.com/
Tuesday, February 24, 530 reception, 6-8pm lecture
Location: Broad Art Center, EDA, Room 1250

BEATRIZ DA COSTA // Invisible Earthlings
http://www.beatrizdacosta.net/
Friday, February 27, 5-7pm, Opening Reception
Location: UCLA ,California NanoSystems Institute, Suite 5419

DAVID SZANTO // Slow Food’s University of Gastronomic Sciences
February 27, Friday 7-9pm
Location: UCLA, California NanoSystems Institute Auditorium



Week 9
March 3: Nanotechnology lecture
March 5: Guest speaker: Professor James Gimzewski, Dept of Chemistry and the California Nanosystems Institute.

Assignment: Blog due Sunday midnight

EXTRA CREDIT:
one session of the SOUND + SCIENCE symposium (Sound + Science Symposium)
March 5th & 6th – all day // See full schedule: http://artsci.ucla.edu/sound/

Week 10
March 10: final reviews + lecture
March 12: FINAL: final reviews // Michael Century lecture // Reception w/ refreshments

March 12: ALL NORMAL WORK + EXTRA CREDIT BLOGS NEED TO BE SUBMITTED BY THIS DATE

Week 11
March 17: no class





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