Collaboration - Communicative Spaces

Communicative Spaces
2002 spring, 2002 fall
School of Media technology
Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm

Communicative Spaces is an introductiory course to design for the second year Mediatechnology students. In 5 weeks, bla bla bla exhibition interactive installations learning.

Exibition catalouge:
Portaler. One of the main concerns of the whole course has been to sketch possible ways of dealing with a general situation ever present in design: the lack or even irrelevance of a specific problem to solve, and the bigger importance of denying something that we could describe more appropriately as a context, approach or medium, in which the work can thrive and nurture.

During the first week the students were separated in 3 different tracks that dealt with diverse aspects considered important in design. The three tracks were: Concept, Laboratory and Intermedia, each with their individual agenda, concerns and intentions that should inform the development of the students work during the next weeks. The task for the last 3 weeks has been to create a number of Portals to the material the students were given in a sort of Start Kit. These materials (music, texts, and urban sites) should be understood as potential generators of the work, in a very broad sense: sometimes as something to be mediated in to the space, sometimes as simple triggers for ideas and thoughts. The Portal suggested a device/space/environment that could create an entrance to the material provided, but not necessarily fully explain it to a visitor. Another essential component of the Kit was the space to work in: the location in the space specific to each group was not allocated as a mere point or area in the studio's room, but as an abstract diagram which had also to be interpreted and made meaningful, negotiated in the space and put in relation with the other materials in the Start Kit. The work of the students has moved during this time from the initial speculations into the space of the studio, filling it with different artefacts and installations, each of them addressing different preoccupations and engaging different technologies, from the low-tech of wood and cardboard to the high-tech of programming and electronics.

exhibition space

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Pablo Miranda, Annika Nystrom, Jonas Runberger, Maria Sigeman, Adam Somlai-Fischer

Selected student projects

Anders Ljung, Gustav Nyström, Louise Cavell
Electric Counterpoint “counterpoint (kountr-point): Melodic material that is added above or below an existing melody. The teqhnique of combining two or more melodic lines in such a way that they establish a harmonic relationship while retaining their linear individuality. Use of contrasting elements in a work of art.”

Karin Hartzell, Ellinor Sjöqvist, Alfred Mosskin
Price for lifeThe world is changing. Whether or not you have accepted the newfoundations of our existence, you are affected. You are being used.And others by you. Patterns form when actors and actions interactand we have lost the control we once thought we had. We are patterns.Patterns struggling for dominance and survival in the contestof life. In this game, in this connement, we have to nd a meaning,a purpose. Do you? Or do you simply comply and pay the

Miranda Ynna, Ulrika Jansson
Experience the Sphere.Experiences affect ones being and the remains become memories.Sometimes memories from episodes in one's life ashes thru, fromtime to time and invite one to re-experience momenta. The physicalsphere suggests a reection of reverie, imaginations and envisionsof experience thru visuals and audios.