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SciFi Prototyping

ARTDES 420.001, Fall 2023


Credit Hours: 3
Course Fee: $200
Instructor(s): Song, Jae
Semester: Fall 2023
Schedule: TueThu 2:00p-4:15p
Location: 1420

Prerequisites: All OF THE FOLLOWING: ARTDES 300: Any 300 Level Studio. OR PERMISSION OF INSTRUCTOR.

Description: For decades, science fiction authors have explored both our wildest dreams and greatest fears for where technology might lead us. Yet, science fiction is fueled by the concerns of today just as much as it is about fantastic imaginings of the future. This course ties science fiction with speculative/​critical design as a means to encourage the ethical and thoughtful design of new technologies. With a focus on the creation of functional prototypes, this course combines the analysis of classic and modern science fiction texts and films with physical fabrication or code-based interpretations of the technologies they depict. Topics include virtual/​augmented reality; networks; artificial intelligence; nanotechnology; humanism and transhumanism; cyborgs and robotics; environmental issues; biology; utopias and dystopias; surveillance; music and art; interfaces; wearables; and/​or religion, culture, and society.

Frequency: This course is typically offered in the fall term of every academic year, though scheduling may vary according to future term circumstances.