Public Projection: Projection as a Tool for Expression and Communication in Public Space

The class will focus on development of original projection projects that can inspire and facilitate artistic expression and cultural communication in the public space.

In their projects students may consider (but not be limited to) experimenting with two kinds of projections:
• Projections-installations that transform and assign new meaning to specific architectural and sculptural urban sites,
• Wearable, portable or mobile projections that engage bodily performance in public places.
Students will learn cultural, technical, and ergonomical aspects of such projects.

The projects may require relevant cultural research, and invite a creative use of software and hardware and physical modeling. Students will be encouraged to experiment with video projectors, micro-projectors in connection with other media devices, such as smart phones, speakers, monitors, sensors, and other input and output components and the use of unconventional materials and sites as projection “ screens”.

The class meetings will include experimentations, development, and realization of site specific and performative projections in public space, presentations and discussion on relevant artistic and media work, as well as visits to research groups and labs at Harvard, MIT’s Media Lab and Boston area.