Syllabus

Spring 2015


Professor, ELA: John Craig Freeman

  • EMAIL: john_craig_freeman @ emerson dot edu
  • OFFICE HOURS: ELA 341 or via Remote VM420, MW 1:30 – 3:00pm. PST, MW 4:30 – 6:00pm. EST, or by appointment

Instructor In Charge, Boston: Daniel Callahan

  • EMAIL: daniel_callahan @ emerson dot edu

CLASS MEETS: Wednesdays in Los Angeles at 3:00 – 6:45pm. PST, in ELA 212, Di Bona Family Distance Learning Center and in Boston Walker 401, 6:00 – 9:45pm. EST. Once we conclude our weekly group meeting, we will move to the ELA 332 Lab in Los Angeles and Walker 415 APL in Boston to go to work.

PREREQUISITE: By application only

BLOG: VM420 Blog

TELE-COLLABORATION: Remote VM420


DESCRIPTION: This course provides students with hands on experience in project based research and creative production. Students join a faculty led research and creative production team based on an active Virtual and Augmented Reality Public Art project at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, through its Art + Technology program. This project is inherently interdisciplinary. Student’s skills and interests will be assessed and an appropriate role will be assigned accordingly.

Students are expected to make a substantive and quantifiable contribution to the collective research initiative. Each student will be asked to assume at least one of the Research/Production Roles.

For students in Los Angeles, you are asked to volunteer for at least a couple of the Off Campus Activities including, Field Production, AR Viewing at LACMA, EEG AR Clinic at LACMA and/or Los Angeles City Tours. Whenever possible, we will attempt to include the Boston based team via Remote VM420.

Additionally each student will propose, develop, and produce an original final project based on the skill set developed working on the research initiative.

OBJECTIVES:

  • To assist students in further developing their visual literacy, critical thinking and communication skills
  • To introduce students to artists and institutions that shaped and continue to shape the field of art and technology
  • To develop students’ skills in the use of emergent forms of technology as public art
  • To develop students’ skills in making a contribution to a collective research initiative
  • To apply these skills in a unique and original creative practice

REQUIREMENTS:

  • Attend every class meeting
  • Come to class prepared to work
  • Complete all assigned reading and browsing
  • Document your work on an individual blog page
  • Make a substantive and quantifiable contribution to the collective research initiative
  • Propose, develop, and produce an original final project based on the skill set developed in the research initiative
  • Present an original final project during the last day of class

REQUIRED READING/BROWSING:

SOFTWARE TRAINING:

Students are expected to have the technical skills necessary to produce work in the new media forms that they choose for their project, or at least be fluent enough to solve problems independently. Additional technical training will not be included in the content of the course nor will we work as a group to develop such skills during class time. Students are responsible for developing necessary remedial technical skills independently, although one-on-one help will be provided as time allows.

To Access LyndaCampus:

  • Create a profile on Lynda.com*. You must do this when on campus the first time, for it to work elsewhere. To create a profile, please go to iplogin.lynda.com – Click create a profile.
  • You will be prompted to create a username and password. The Username must be your full Emerson email address. (The password is your choice. It does not have to be your Emerson password.)
  • Login into lynda.com using the your Emerson school email address and the password you entered at profile creation.

* If you already have a Lynda.com profile, click create a profile, and then follow the link that says “If you already have a profile, please log in.”

Once your account profile is created on campus you will have access on and off campus by going to lynda.com

You are encouraged to identify and purchase, if nessasary, additional software training materials based on your specific needs.

SUPPLIES:

  • Laptop or removable hard drive. Minimum requirement is 40GB of storage space. 7200 (RPM) speed is preferable. Thumb/flash drives are not recommended for this course.

GRADING:  The final grade will be determined according to the following criteria based on the corresponding percentages.

  • Preliminary Projects Development: 20%
  • Research Contribution: 20%
  • Participation: 10%
  • Attendance: 10%
  • Final Project: 40%

Final grades will be based on the following criteria:

  • Technical: Did the project achieve or exceed the technical requirements stated on the syllabus?
  • Conceptual: Does the work represent critical, creative and original thinking? Did it address and demonstrate understanding of the concepts being discussed in class?
  • Aesthetic: Does the work appeal to sensory or sensori-emotional values?

POLICIES: An Incomplete will only be issued if there are extenuating circumstances related to illness or critical personal emergency and only after administrative notice has been received.

Attendance and punctuality is required at all class meetings and will be reflected in the final grade. According to College policy, unexcused absences beyond five will result in a failing grade. Everyone must come to class prepared and engaged and everyone must participate in discussions and critiques. Your undivided attention is required during all discussions and critiques. No chatting, email or browsing will be allowed during these times if it does not support the discussion at hand.

Students should be aware of the College policies regarding creative and academic dishonesty and the penalties for plagiarism and software piracy. While it is accepted that there may be occasion for stylistic or historical inspiration, influence and reference, the student will be asked to produce original work from ones own study and investigation.

If you have a disability that warrants accommodations in this course, please register with the Disability Service Coordinator at 216 Tremont Street, 5th Floor, (617) 824-8415.

Every student in this class will be honored and respected as an individual with distinct experiences, talents, and backgrounds. Students will be treated fairly regardless of race, religion, sexual orientation, gender identification, disability, socio-economic status, or national identity. Issues of diversity may be a part of class discussion, assigned material, and projects. The instructor will make every effort to ensure that an inclusive environment exists for all students. If you have any concerns or suggestions for improving the classroom climate, please do not hesitate to speak with the course instructor or to contact the Office of Diversity and Inclusion at 617-824-8528 or by email at diversity_inclusion@emerson.edu.

Safety is always a concern in any form of media production. Emerson College supports safety measures and requires safety training through seminars and the VMA Student Production Safety Manual, which is required reading for all students participating in any Emerson College field media production.

Students with questions or concerns should contact the Director of Production and Safety, Lenny Manzo at (617) 824-8126 or email leonard_manzo@emerson.edu.

In case of a safety emergency, call the PRODUCTION SAFETY HOTLINE at (617) 939-1311.


PRELIMINARY PROJECT DEVELOPMENT

Self-Portrait Avatar Model: Use photogrammetry techniques to create a Self-Portrait Avatar Model

Lost Thing Marker Tracking AR: Use photogrammetry techniques to create a Lost Thing and use Marker Tracking AR to make it viewable

Geo-Located AR Scene: Create a Geo-Located AR Scene

Animated Avatar: Rig an Animated Avatar

FINAL PROJECT

In addition to making a significant contribution to the broader collective research initiative, each student will present a finished final project at the end of the semester. Grading will be based on documentation posted on individual blog pages. Please provide a detailed account of all work completed. Late final work will not be accepted.


Course Calendar

Subject to changes as necessary

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

  • Boston: Due to the continued snow emergency, the Boston campus is closed
  • Wednesday February 4: Special time in Los Angeles, 2:45 pm. PST, Museum Orientation at LACMA, 5905 Wilshire Blvd. Los Angeles, use Staff Entrance
  • Wednesday April 22, 2015: USC Interactive Media Visiting Speaker Series: John Craig Freeman, Los Angeles only, Monday class schedule observed in Boston, by invitation from Scott Fisher, Research Professor & Founding Chair, Interactive Media Division, USC School of Cinematic Arts
  • Civic Engagement Requirement: AR Workshop for high school students
  • Research Team Meeting: Report from the field, Haley and Mike
  • Blog: Rebecca Allen and Scott Fisher, Lost Hollywood Bungalows, Field Test, So Many L.A.yers, and Lost Things at the Center of New Media
  • Research Team Meeting: Locations update
  • Research Team Meeting: Individual progress presentations
  • Research Team Meeting: Research/Production Roles
  • Studio Production: 123D Catch
  • Due Wednesday February 4: Self-Portrait Avatar Model

Wednesday, February 4, 2015, Special time in Los Angeles, 2:45 pm. PST

  • Museum Orientation: LACMA, 5905 Wilshire Blvd. Los Angeles, use Staff Entrance
  • Opportunity: DAQRI 4D Studio Expo, Friday February 20
  • Announcement: 30 Minute Presentation to the Board of Trustees, Wednesday, February 25, Four Seasons Beverly Hills, 300 South Doheny Drive, Los Angeles
  • Due: Self-Portrait Avatar Model
  • Individual Presentations: Self-Portrait Avatar Model, Research/Production Roles, and Individual Blog Pages
  • Demo: Melon, and Ninja 2
  • Lab: Assemble privacy screens
  • Studio Production: DAQRI, New Media Database, http://newmedia.emerson.edu/phpmyadmin/
  • Upcoming Event: Thursday, February 5, 2015, 3:00 – 5:00 pm. Things We Have Lost, AR viewing on LACMA’s BP Pavilion/Piazza – TEST RUN – NOT LISTED; and Saturday, February 7, 2015, 10:00 am. setup, 12:00 – 2:00 pm. EEG AR Clinic, Art + Technology Lab – TEST RUN – NOT LISTED
  • Due Wednesday, February 11: Marker Tracking AR

* Thursday, February 5, 2015, 3:00 – 5:00 pm. Things We Have Lost, AR viewing on LACMA’s BP Pavilion/Piazza – TEST RUN – NOT LISTED, Haley

* Saturday, February 7, 2015, 10:00 am. setup, 12:00 – 2:00 pm. EEG AR Clinic, Art + Technology Lab – TEST RUN – NOT LISTED, Zeynep

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

  • LACMA AR Workshop: Saturday, April 25, 2015, 10:00 – 2:00 pm., Art + Technology Lab
  • ELA AR Workshop: Sunday, April 26, 2015, 10:00 – 2:00 pm. ELA 332 Lab
  • EEG AR: Things We Have Lost: Update
  • Presentation for the Board of Trustees: Haley, Michael and Zeynep
  • Individual Presentations: Self-Portrait Avatar Model, Lost Thing Marker Tracking AR, Research/Production Roles
  • Museum Badges: Pickup from Joel
  • Upcoming Event: Thursday, February 12, 2015, 3:00 – 5:00 pm. Things We Have Lost, AR viewing on LACMA’s BP Pavilion/Piazza – Publicly listed; and Saturday, February 14, 2015, 10:00 am. setup, 12:00 – 2:00 pm. EEG AR Clinic, Art + Technology Lab – Publicly listed
  • Studio Production: Marker Tracking AR, DAQRI
  • Due Next Week: Lost Thing Marker Tracking AR

* Thursday, February 12, 2015, 3:00 – 5:00 pm. Things We Have Lost, AR viewing on LACMA’s BP Pavilion/Piazza, Haley

* Saturday, February 14, 2015, 10:00 am. setup, 12:00 – 2:00 pm. EEG AR Clinic, Art + Technology Lab, Zeynep

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

  • Makeup Days: Although the academic calendar has been changed to accommodate makeup days, the only Wednesday that campus closed was January 28. Since we were able to meet online that day, our course calendar will not be modified
  • EEG AR: Things We Have Lost: Update
  • Announcement: 30 Minute Presentation to the Board of Trustees, Wednesday, February 25
  • Presentation for the Board of Trustees: Haley, Michael and Zeynep
  • Individual Presentations: Lost Thing Marker Tracking AR, Research/Production Roles, and Individual Blog Pages
  • Upcoming Event: Thursday, February 19, 2015, 3:00 – 5:00 pm. AR viewing on LACMA’s BP Pavilion/Piazza; and Saturday, February 21, 2015, 10:00 am. setup, 12:00 – 2:00 pm. EEG AR Clinic, Art + Technology Lab
  • Studio Production: PHP-MySQL, Geo-Located AR with Layar
  • Due Next Week: Geo-Located AR Scene

* Thursday, February 19, 2015, 3:00 – 5:00 pm. Things We Have Lost, AR viewing on LACMA’s BP Pavilion/Piazza, Michael

* Saturday, February 21, 2015, 10:00 am. setup, 12:00 – 2:00 pm. EEG AR Clinic, Art + Technology Lab, Zeynep

Wednesday, February 25, 2015, 2:30pm. PST (5:30pm. EST)

  • VM420 Presentation to the Board of Trustees: Four Seasons Beverly Hills, 300 South Doheny Drive, Los Angeles
  • Studio Production: Autodesk123DCatchPlugIn32, PHP-MySQL, Geo-Located AR with Layar
  • Announcement: Monday, March 16, 2015, 7:00 – 9:00pm. EST, LACMA Art + Technology, Then and Now, John Craig Freeman and Chris DeFay, ELA, Second Floor Assembly Room
  • EEG AR: Things We Have Lost: Update
  • Individual Presentations: Lost Thing Marker Tracking AR, Research/Production Roles, and Individual Blog Pages
  • Upcoming Event: Thursday, February 26, 2015, 3:00 – 5:00 pm. AR Viewing on LACMA’s BP Pavilion/Piazza; Saturday, February 28, 2015, 10:00 am. setup, 12:00 – 2:00 pm. EEG AR Clinic, Art + Technology Lab; Sunday, and March 1, 2015, 3:00 – 5:00 pm. AR viewing on LACMA’s BP Pavilion/Piazza

* Thursday, February 26, 2015, 3:00 – 5:00 pm. Things We Have Lost, AR viewing on LACMA’s BP Pavilion/Piazza, Haley

* Saturday, February 28, 2015, 10:00 am. setup, 12:00 – 2:00 pm. EEG AR Clinic, Art + Technology Lab, Zeynep

* Sunday, March 1, 2015, 3:00 – 5:00 pm. Things We Have Lost, AR viewing on LACMA’s BP Pavilion/Piazza, Haley

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

* Thursday, March 5, 2015, 3:00 – 5:00 pm. Things We Have Lost, AR viewing on LACMA’s BP Pavilion/Piazza, Haley

Wednesday, March 11, 2015, Spring Break: (no classes), Boston only

  • Los Angeles Field Production: MacArthur Park and Pershing Square

Monday, March 16, 2015, 7:00 – 9:00pm. LACMA Art + Technology, Then and Now, John Craig Freeman and Chris DeFay, ELA, Second Floor Assembly Room

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

  • Studio Production: DAQRI 4D Studio, University Early Adopter Program
  • Schedule: Changes to final schedule
  • Mid-Semester Grading: Review of individual blog pages
  • Final Projects: In addition to making a significant contribution to the broader collective research initiative, each student will present a finished final project at the end of the semester. Grading will be based on documentation posted on individual blog pages. Please provide a detailed account of all work completed. Late final work will not be accepted.
  • Documentation: MacArthur Park and Pershing Square
  • Documentation: La Plaza
  • Documentation: Nathan Masters
  • Documentation: El Aliso
  • Individual Presentations: Research/Production Roles, and Individual Blog Pages
  • Upcoming Events: Saturday, March 21, 2015, 10:00 am. setup, 12:00 – 2:00 pm. EEG AR Clinic, Art + Technology Lab, Zeynep; Sunday, March 22, 2015, 4:00 – 6:00 pm. Things We Have Lost, AR viewing on LACMA’s BP Pavilion/Piazza, Haley; and Saturday, April 18, 2015, 4:00 – 6:00 pm. City tour, La Plaza de Los Angeles

* Saturday, March 21, 2015, 10:00 am. setup, 12:00 – 2:00 pm. EEG AR Clinic, Art + Technology Lab, Zeynep

* Sunday, March 22, 2015, 4:00 – 6:00 pm. Things We Have Lost, AR viewing on LACMA’s BP Pavilion/Piazza, Haley

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

  • Documentation: EEG AR Clinic
  • Individual Presentations: Prepared volunteers only
  • Demonstration: EEG AR Custom DAQRI App
  • Upcoming Events: Friday, March 27, 2015, 4:00 – 6:00 pm. Things We Have Lost, AR viewing on LACMA’s BP Pavilion/Piazza, Haley and Saturday, March 28, 2015, 10:00 am. setup, 12:00 – 2:00 pm. EEG AR Clinic, Art + Technology Lab, Zeynep
  • Studio Production: DAQRI 4D Studio, University Early Adopter Program

* Friday, March 27, 2015, 4:00 – 6:00 pm. Things We Have Lost, AR viewing on LACMA’s BP Pavilion/Piazza, Haley

* Saturday, March 28, 2015, 10:00 am. setup, 12:00 – 2:00 pm. EEG AR Clinic, Art + Technology Lab, Zeynep

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

  • Due Next Week: Draft of final project in its final form
  • Announcement: Thursday, April 9, 7:00pm., Data as Feminist Protest, Micol Hebron and Art + Technology Lab grant recipient Annina Rüst, LACMA Art + Technology Lab
  • Upcoming Events: Saturday, April 11, 2015, 4:00 – 6:00 pm. City tour, Pershing Square and Saturday, April 18, 2015, 4:00 – 6:00 pm. City tour, La Plaza de Los Angeles
  • Individual Presentations: Prepared volunteers only
  • Tutorial: 4:30pm. via Remote VM420, Unity to DAQRI Workflow with Naveen Gunalan and Rajay Kumar
  • Studio Production: Final projects

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

  • Announcement: Thursday, April 9, 7:00pm., Data as Feminist Protest, Micol Hebron and Art + Technology Lab grant recipient Annina Rüst, LACMA Art + Technology Lab
  • Due: Draft of final project in its final form
  • Workshop: Sunday, April 26, 2015, 10:00 – 2:00 pm. ELA AR Workshop, ELA 332 Lab, Student Assistant volunteers needed
  • Upcoming Events: Saturday, April 11, 2015, 4:00 – 6:00 pm. City tour, Pershing Square, Student Assistant volunteers needed

* Saturday, April 11, 2015, 4:00 – 6:00 pm. City tour, Pershing Square

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

  • Announcement: Last meeting with entire group
  • Announcement: Next Wednesday is a Monday Schedule in Boston
  • Announcement: Wednesday, April 22, USC Interactive Media Visiting Speaker Series
  • Upcoming Last LACMA Events: Saturday, April 18, 2015, 4:00 – 6:00 pm. City tour, La Plaza de Los Angeles
  • Workshop: Sunday, April 26, 2015, 10:00 – 2:00 pm. ELA AR Workshop, ELA 332 Lab, Student Assistant volunteers needed
  • EEG AR: Things We Have Lost: Find Your Lost Things In Augmented Reality—Using Brainwaves, By Tanja M. Laden, VICE The Creators Project, April 13, 2015
  • EEG AR: Things We Have Lost: City Tour Pershing Square, EEG AR Clinic with NPR
  • Individual Presentations: Draft final projects
  • Studio Production: Final projects

* Saturday, April 18, 2015, 4:00 – 6:00 pm. City tour, La Plaza de Los Angeles

Wednesday, April 22, 2015 Boston only, Monday class schedule observed

  • USC Interactive Media Visiting Speaker Series: John Craig Freeman

* Saturday, April 25, 2015, 1:00 – 5:00 pm. LACMA AR Workshop, Art + Technology Lab

* Sunday, April 26, 2015, 10:00 – 2:00 pm. ELA AR Workshop, ELA 332 Lab

Monday, April 27, 2015, Los Angeles only, Classes End

  • Final: Los Angeles only, all work must be posted or it will not count on final grades

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

  • Final: Boston only, all work must be posted or it will not count on final grades
  • Research Team Meeting: Final Critique

We will not meet during finals week

* Although these events are not required, they are strongly encouraged

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