Physical Computing

Ulrich Formann
Design, Computer Studio
2024S, Vorlesung und Übungen (VU), 2.0 ECTS, 2.0 semester hours, course number S05174

Description

As constant evolution drives both the production and consumption of new electronic devices, mountains of so-called “e-waste” are growing at the same rate. What some might consider obsolete technology or even trash has the potential to be an artistic playground full of nostalgia and free resources.

This course is designed for both artists and designers with or without prior technological knowledge. We will look at the issue of “e-waste” and how it can be used as an artistic tool and discuss current art practices that deal with this matter. Through hands-on examples we will explore extinct dot-matrix and thermal printers once used in offices and at checkout counters around the world.

Through disassembling, analysing and repairing ancient technologies, we’ll engage with the practice of hacking as form of technological emancipation from a single-use throwaway society. Participants will visit several university facilities that specialise in supporting student projects involving programming or electronics. Together, we’ll fill your toolbox with of resources and knowledge that will open up the mysterious electronic realm.

Examination Modalities

  • Regular attendance
  • Completion of given tasks
  • Engagement in discussions

Key Words

installation, sound sculpture, media installation, computer graphics, software, interactive art, media art, electronic media

Dates

12 March 2024, 12:45–15:15 IfD Computer Studio
19 March 2024, 12:45–15:15 IfD Computer Studio
09 April 2024, 12:45–15:15 Seminar Room 7
16 April 2024, 12:45–15:15 Seminar Room 7
23 April 2024, 12:45–15:15 Seminar Room 7
30 April 2024, 12:45–15:15 Seminar Room 7
07 May 2024, 12:45–15:15 Seminar Room 7
14 May 2024, 12:45–15:15 Seminar Room 7

Course Enrolment

From 05 February 2024, 00:00
The online registration was already closed

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Fine Arts (2. Section): Artistic Practice in Technical Context: Workshops 605/203.10

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Co-registration: possible

Attending individual courses: possible