Crafting Experiences is a hands-on studio course focused on creating interventions and installations that engage the senses through strategic storytelling, immersive environments, and evocative content. Using sensory storytelling and ritual design as frameworks for the course, we will design experiences that enable engagement with content in a public space. We will also explore exhibits, and other public displays of information. By embedding or introducing new technology (sensors, microcontrollers, small projectors, speakers, etc) into found objects and environments, students will explore how technology and storytelling can bring surprise and wonder to unexpected places.
Students will engage in a long-term group project of designing and building an experience that brings people together and connects them to their environment. Additional assignments will include field trips to museums, readings, writing, and exercises in making. This is a highly collaborative, production heavy course intended for students who already have strong technical skills in 2 or more of the following areas: computation, electronics, sound design, fabrication, and/or video production.
Students who successfully complete this course will: