Predicated upon a Research through Practice methodology, the program offers, in parallel to the development of the Design Studio (ARC407) a Digital Survey class (ARC571) introducing students to contemporary imaging practices, digital animation techniques and video compositing workflows.
The class is organized around a series of parallel workshops and lectures. If in the former students will acquire proficiency in a wide array of cutting-edge techniques, in the latter - through a critical understanding of the histories of these modes of representation, of the social and political contexts from which they were developed, the students will begin to recognize their impact on our contemporary culture.
“Technology is not mere tool making and tool use: it is the making of metaphores. In making a tool, we instantiate a certain reading of the world that, thus reified, is capable of achieving certain effects in the world. It thus becomes another moving part of our understanding of the world - if, often, unconsciously […] To think again or anew, we need to re-enchant our tools”
— James Bridle, A New Dark Age (2018)