Field Of Research: Digital_Me

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Digital_me the self-portrait in the area of conflict of manual and digital design.

This seminar’s aim is to question the artistic and scientific aspects that are connected with the empirical work in the area of conflict of manual and digital design towards the topic of “self-portrait” and to investigate the potentials.

The seminar is made up of two consecutive parts: the empirical work and the scientific discussion of the topic on the basis of the extracted empirical data.

Empirical work: Each participant will do modeling work towards the topic “self-portrait” with the software “MudBox”. The extent of the course requirement will be discussed individually and dependent on the previous knowledge. For example:

- a person, who has previous knowledge in modeling a clay portrait, will design a portrait with the software MudBox upon instruction.

- a person, who has appropriate experience with MudBox, can engage in artistic ways of expression of digital technologies.

- the possibility of 3D scanning is being developed

- experimenting with 3D printing processes and their further processing

Small models of 3D printing processes count as course products. The progress of this work will be documented using scientific methods. These methods will previously be discussed in the seminar.

Scientific discussion: In agreement with their supervisors, each participant will develop a research design of an individual specialization in the areas of artistic methods or technological aspects of digitalization of artistic design processes and the description of set processes. The experience gained from this empirical work will become the “case study” for the scientific discussion and illustrate the topic of personal specialization. This contains the state-of-the-art (literature research) und the application of scientific methods (e.g. transcription, action tracking protocols).

Course requirement is a written essay. This meets the requirements of a synopsis for a research project (ca. 10 pages), which is structured as follows: Introduction and research question, relevance of the investigation, state-of-the-art, scientific method, processing of the empirical data and their evaluation, conclusion and outlook. A predominantly independent, scientific work ethic is expected (after a previous introduction and in consultation with the supervisor).

Course requirements:

- Models in 3D printing processes (empirical analysis)

- Gathering and processing of data (application of scientific methods)

- Scientific discussion (ca. 10 pages) of the individual specialization

Location: Steinhof

Workshop date: Thursdays, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.

First date: Thursday, April 20, 2017 at 10 a.m. in the Steinhof

Supervisor: Joost Meyer and guest lecturer Federico Garrido (Buenos Aires/Kaiserslautern)

Modules: M.Sc. Architecture: research fields I and II; M.Sc. Stadt (city) research field

Place: stone court

Studio date: Wednesdays, 13:00-16:00

First date: Wednesday, 19.10.2016, 13:00 stone court

Betreuer: Joost Meyer

Modules: M. Sc. Arch.: „Forschungsfelder I und II“


About the research project Digital_Me

Exhibition 3D plot LfP 3D Graphic

Starting point is the manual labor with artistic methods. Occupation with one’s own “me” is a contemporary topic from a sociocultural perspective. Occupation with human proportion as measurement in architecture is also part of it: In the sense of critical self-perception in a spatial setting, which needs to confront new controversial questions in the light of possibilities and limitations of the digital age and virtual reality.

The dealing with the results of this manually digitalized modeling work is going to be foregrounded. The results will provoke elementary, semantic questions: Can a sculptural experience be repeated virtually? What role do the tools, the material and the dimension play? What expression can be conveyed through digitally designed objects that have been brought back to the physical world by 3D printing? And, which previously made aesthetic experiences are relevant enough to be adopted in the more and more digital work environment?

After an introduction into methods of scientific work, especially into the empirical field research with participating observation, each participant chooses an individual specialization, which he or she approaches independently:

- Artistic (sculptural) ways of illustration with digital techniques

- Technological possibilities of digital-artistic illustration (3D printing and other methods)

- Description of process and transfer in the interaction of manual and digital applications