Material Spectrum Lab | Currents Spring 2014: [PSAM 5600-D]
AMT, Parsons, The New School for Design, MFA Design and Technology
Course Dates: Jan 29, 2014 – May 14, 2014
Aisen Caro Chacin, Post-Graduate Fellow
Conor Russomanno, Adjunct Faculty
This class presents innovative material topics that are surging in the biology and material science community in an accessible way to non-scientists and artists. This course aims to generate work in the field of Physical Science & Tech/Art & Design through a transdisciplinary catalyst, materials. It aims to provide the students with a well rounded understanding of materials from a hybrid Art|Sci perspective, engaging Humanities students in the fields of STEM by facilitating scientific research methods through artistic processes. This course provides a platform for the study of natural and artificial systems. Students will experiment in the field of materials with current accessible scientific practices gaining insight on the observable correlations in both design and engineering.
The content of these courses will be heavily influenced by the laboratory and the studio approach, where students can re-invent applications or techniques for materials, and ultimately generating qualitative contributions to the field. Students will survey the physical properties of nanomaterials, biomaterials, and synthetic materials, and measure their usability and potential design applications. They will pursue new skills in wetware, electronics and chemistry for digital and analog fabrication as they make, examine, and manipulate their own materials.