Interaction Spaces in Art and Technology

2023/2024

Content, progress and pedagogy of the module

The module will be conducted as a series of experiments with interactive installations aimed at specific user groups or audiences in specific spatial contexts. This may be an urban place or stage, architectural setting, a community environment, an exhibition space, etc., where artistic installations are created and tested in relation to providing participant experiences of various kinds, which may be the orchestration of social relations, learning experiences, sensory and aesthetic experiences, action-reaction patterns, or similar. Various interactive technologies are investigated and applied in order to create the semester project.

Courses:

In connection with the module, the following courses will be offered:

  • Interaction Spaces in Art and Technology
  • Artistic and Academic Methodology IV

Other courses may be offered within the following areas:

  • Interaction Design
  • Audio Design
  • Digital Representation III

Learning objectives

Knowledge

The objective of the module “Interaction Spaces in Art and Technology” is to introduce students to problem areas and designing solutions in relation to embodied interaction in interactive spaces, places, and installations.

During this module, students should acquire:

Basic knowledge about

  • creation of interactive spaces and installations that encourage embodied activity and an understanding of the situated locale
  • technologies that support interaction and active participation, targeted at certain user groups
  • mechanical and electronic technologies for the creation of experience and interaction
  • qualitative and quantitative methods and tools for the processing of auditive, tactile and visual information for the support of active interaction by participants within the installation
  • problem analysis, research question and integrated problem solving guided by participant or user involvement and gathering of empirical data on a basic level

Skills

Skills in

  • identifying and formulating an art problem within the theme “Interaction Spaces in Art and Technology” aimed at specific user groups or audiences
  • analyzing the problem and developing alternative concepts for a defined problem within a defined context
  • the application of audio and other technologies in connection with the design of content for interactive installations and spaces
  • identifying, developing, and describing the interaction between audio, light and spatial effects, choice of materials and technological solutions with a view to achieving clear aesthetic expressions and motivating embodied performance
  • selecting appropriate methods in connection with the development of artefacts within the theme “Interaction Spaces in Art and Technology”
  • conducting outlined user involvement processes
  • applying various types of empirical data collection for use in the project work

Competences

Competencies in

  • the creation of interactive spaces and installations
  • the use of empirical data gathered through user involvement and other data in the project work
  • the use of interactive technologies, including control of media, light, and sound
  • contextualizing own artistic solutions (to state-of-art, socio-cultural requisites and consequences, art theoretical and aesthetic dimensions, etc.)
  • describing the completed design at a professional level and communicating this to external cooperation partners

Type of instruction

Method of working: Project work in groups.

Exam

Exams

Name of examInteraction Spaces in Art and Technology
Type of exam
Oral exam based on a project
The examination will take the form of a conversation between the student(s), 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 report or portfolio as well as the product created by the student(s). The project exam will also address other content from the module courses.

Hand in: Individually or in groups.

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 per student and 10 minutes for assessment and communication of grades per group, however, the duration of the examination is maximum 2 hours.
ECTS15
Assessment7-point grading scale
Type of gradingExternal examination
Criteria of assessmentThe criteria of assessment are stated in the Examination Policies and Procedures

Facts about the module

Danish titleInteraktionsrum i kunst og teknologi
Module codeKOTBA202012
Module typeProject
Duration1 semester
SemesterSpring
4. semester
ECTS15
Language of instructionEnglish
Location of the lectureCampus Aalborg
Responsible for the module

Organisation

Study BoardStudy Board of Art, Health and Technology
DepartmentDepartment of Communication and Psychology
FacultyFaculty of Social Sciences and Humanities