Dynamic Art and Technology

2018/2019

Content, progress and pedagogy of the module

Module contents: The basis of this module is human perception of movements and transitions, both physical and emotional. Students will work with principles of creation for time-based artefacts, and the experience of artefacts expressing temporal, spatial, and affective transitions. A variety of media technologies and engineered solutions will be tested and applied in the creation of products, artefacts and installations in the project unit, including mechanical and electronic alternatives of creating and controlling movement, position in space and autonomous motion. During the semester, students work theoretically and experimentally with projects that challenge their creative and technical skills and produce artistic effects focused on different types of interaction between humans and machines.

Courses: In connection with the module, courses may be offered within the following areas:

  • Artistic and Academic Methodology III (Affective Design)
  • Sensor Networks
  • Digital Representation II (Rapid Prototyping)
  • Programming II

The objective of Module 8: Dynamic Art and Technology is to introduce students to basic problem areas and solutions regarding the creation of products, artefacts, performances and installations, which results in the expression of transitions both physically and emotionally.

Learning objectives

Knowledge

During this module students should acquire basic knowledge about

  • artistic works supported by technologies expressing physical and emotional transition
  • the creation and perception of artefacts expressing physical and emotional transition
  • a variety of mechanical and electronic technologies used in dynamic art contexts
  • artistic expression using media technologies for the production of real-time interactivity
  • academic and artistic methods and tools to be used when working with design and implementation of artefacts or installations that express or trigger physical and emotional movement

Skills

During this module students should acquire skills in

  • identifying and formulating an art problem within the semester theme
  • analyzing an artistic problem and developing alternative concepts for the defined problem
  • motivating the application of certain technologies in connection with the design of installations expressing transitions
  • identifying, developing and describing the interaction between form, choice of materials and technological solutions with a view to achieving a clear aesthetic expression and performance
  • applying academic and artistic methodologies, in regard to interaction between technology, choice of materials, aesthetic expression, and user experience in connection with the development of dynamic artefacts and installations

Competences

During this module students should acquire competencies in

  • describing and analyzing works and installations which use adaptive technologies
  • employing autonomous technologies in design and implementation of artefacts or installations expressing physical and emotional movement
  • contextualizing own artistic solutions (to state-of-art, socio-cultural requisites and consequences, art theoretical and aesthetic dimensions, etc.)
  • describing the completed design in an academic form and communicating this in a project report, portfolio, etc.

Type of instruction

Method of working: Group and project work

Exam

Exams

Name of examDynamic Art and Technology
Type of exam
Written and oral exam
The examination will take the form of a conversation between the students, the examiner and an external examiner on the basis of the project report prepared by the student(s), which may be in the form of a process report or portfolio as well as the product created by the students. The project exam will also address other content from the module courses.

Number of pages: the written work must not exceed 10 pages per student (15 pages in the case of individual reports).

Duration of examination: 20 minutes
ECTS15
Assessment7-point grading scale
Type of gradingExternal examination
Criteria of assessmentAn aggregate grade is awarded for the artefact, the written and oral performances.

The written report, the product and the oral examination should demonstrate that the student has fulfilled the objectives outlined above.

Facts about the module

Danish titleTeknologi og dynamisk kunst
Module codeBAART20158
Module typeProject
Duration1 semester
SemesterAutumn
3. semester
ECTS15
Language of instructionEnglish
Location of the lectureCampus Aalborg
Responsible for the module

Organisation

Study BoardStudy Board of Art & Technology
FacultyThe Faculty of Humanities