March 26th, 27th, 2018
Students work from home. On Monday they have their picture taken by Mahesh, and then they meet me briefly, we discuss the order of their presentations, and they briefly tell me what they are going to show as their prototype.
March 28th, 2018
Second jury session, with Venkat and Nupur, just like the last time :-).
March 28th, 2018
Students have to prepare a Pecha Kucha version of their presentation, including reflections, and including speculative scenarios (their wish for a better world), both towards the desirable and the worst case dystopia, exploring the possible, probable, plausible.
Personal reflections on their presentations and how to move things forward.
For the next four weeks, we will be working on the Sprockler project every Monday (and I will take the lead), and they will do one iteration per week including testing (for 3 rounds), then refine their last iteration and produce their final output, which must be submitted on the 27th of April.
March 19th, 2018
Students work from home.
March 20th, 2018
Sudhir has visited us today. He has given a master class on futures thinking, which has been inspiring and has gotten the students engaged in deep thought about the way they are planning and conducting their own projects. Some interesting remarks:
MICRO – MACRO:
Social, Technological, Economical, Environmental, Political, Cultural
For positive impact: expand our view & acknowledge negative impact
William Gibson: ‘The future is all around us, but unevenly distributed’
TIM STOCK (Parsons, NY)
BILL SHARPE: Three Horizons
(Why should there be funding for the Arts?)
From Fringe to Zeitgeist
HOW DO WE KNOW THE THINGS THAT WE DON’T KNOW?
Probable –> Possible –> Plausible
Futures Thinking = Systemic Thinking
New Design Principles – > Simplicity -> ‘Negative Design’
March 21th, 22nd, 2018
Mock presentations. 4 people each day. Individual meetings in the afternoons.
March 23rd, 2018
Individual meetings, and students work from home.
March 12th, 2018
I visited Kumkum’s and Pandrang’s 8th semester project class. Their students are redesigning Karnataka’s tourism brand (their work will be exhibited on 4 metro stations), and are collecting stories throughout the state. Their brief summary is ‘Karnataka. The Land of a Million Stories’. Students specified that they are targeting untold tales and mystery as concepts. I was asked by Kumkum to give a masterclass since the results of the work they have been doing so far are a bit conventional and obvious. Here is the ppt that I prepared for them. It starts as follows…
THROUGH STORY TELLING
It goes both ways,
We inspect for data but,
The story telling questioning is open
Enough so that subjects can affect
An underlying, preceding theory.
We had to condense the exercise and couldn’t finish the whole process I had designed for them, so then I’ve asked to come back next Monday so that we can work on what kind of outcome to produce, and how to decide.
In the afternoon, I had my portrait taken by Mahesh, and Meghana helped me with the concept.
March 13th, 2018
One on one conversations. They are developing their concepts and I’ve given specific homework to each individually since they are at different stages and following different processes, nonetheless, tomorrow everyone must bring some kind of production towards their prototype.
At the same time, the two groups have developed their digital work for Sprockler a bit further.
March 14th, 2018
Morning session only: it is informally shared in the group what the students and I personally discussed the previous day ( the state of their projects ). They give each other feedback: what I really like and what I think could improve. Then we create a framework for them to make further progress towards their second seminar:
from CONCEPT to PROTOTYPE
March 15th, 2018
Meeting with Sprockler.
March 5th, 6th, 2018
Basic discussion around everybody’s topics ( in group ), and work on Sprockler ( in 2 groups ).
March 7th, 8th, 9th, 2018
Peer reviews. Presentation of concept. Feedback in specific format.
Assessment ( 1 to 10 ) on fronts:
Where do you need input?
What I really liked…
What I think could improve is…
Thursday was my birthday, we ate cake and I blew the candles. Friday we had a meeting with Sprockler (Lisette); She was in Cairo again!
March 5th, 2018
March 6th, 2018
March 7th, 2018
March 8th, 2018
March 9th, 2018
Day 28 – 31
February 26th – March 1st, 2018
Field work and data collection! ( while facilitator is on holiday, yiei!! )