Co-Lab: Experiments in Media Desgn
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Level: Graduate
Division: The New School for Public Engagement
School: School of Media Studies
Department: Media Studies
Course Number: NMDS 7578
Course Format: Studio
Location: NYC campus
Permission Required: No
This course explores a transdisciplinary, hands-on approach to mediating shared space with emergent media technology practices. The theme of this semester’s project is The Temperament of Space ( We aim to develop immersive, responsive installations which offer audiences meaningful perceptual experiences while they are in a shared public space, for example, airports, libraries, government buildings. Collaborators can experiment with visualization, multimedia, soundscape, performance, and interaction design. The premise of our experiments is that more and more individuals are estranged from their surroundings as we conduct more and more of our lives online. We expect more of the digital space that constructs our virtual, mobile experiences; our physical and public spaces often remain featureless, invisible, bare walls. Furthermore the project addresses not only our relationship to space as defined by walls, but also ways our environment might focus one’s mind in the midst of distraction. We create modular, portable, user friendly, customizable media interventions to test our ideas. We research best practices to reach our audiences. Will those who patronize these venues feel energized? Will more meaningful social interactions occur? Hone your aesthetic, theoretical, and producing skills; learn new technical and cultural practices; enjoy transforming your ideas into art. Prerequisite: Media Practices: Time-Based, Film, Design Principles or Interactive or instructor permission. No programming experience required. Students need laptop.
Course Open to: Degree Students with Restrictions


Open to Graduate students.