Studio Theory Object Art and Design D (THAP2642)


The Virtual and Handmade. This Unit of Study combines three areas: Ceramics; Glass; Jewellery and Object. The unit of study aims to introduce practitioners to philosophies and praxis surrounding the relationship between traditional craft and design models and our engagement with virtual technologies and recent innovations in materials and methods. This will be achieved by specifically focusing investigations upon new technologies, materials and process, the representation and dissemination of objects through various media, the work of contemporary practitioners and a variety of theoretical material that explores some aspect of the virtual. Students will be encouraged to investigate how issues of virtuality engage with and enable contemporary practice. Please note due to changes in class sizes course content may be modified.

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Lecturer and directed contact over 12 weeks, plus self-directed study; total student effort of 60 hrs


Assessment is based on successful completion of written and or/seminar assignments (100%)


McCullough, Malcolm Abstracting Craft: the practiced digital hand, MIT Press, 1996.
Popper, Frank From Technology to Virtual Art MIT Press, Cambridge 2005.
Pierre Lévy, Becoming virtual: reality in the Digital Age, Plenum Trade, c1998.

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