pedagogical dreck

most of this are brief outlines or notes for classes and such i taught at CalArts. it's not organized.




Pedagogy

ATEK 510 -- Studio 1

i highly recommend PHILOSOPHY IN THE FLESH, from the library, used (abeBooks.com is a meta-site for used books), kindle, etc. allegedly the Kindle version is very badly formatted. below is a review of it. try to read the first four chapters (45 pages)....

ATEK 635/425 -- algorithmic arts

12 september, 2016: first class of the year! this is a revised list, modified after the first class. all knowledge is provisional. there is no correct way to do or see, there are multiple ways to look and to see. our task as i see it is to see things from multiple angles to see (really create) a whole from them. the multiple views of a play (outside audience, inside actors and script) is one suc...

Managing technical complexity in art making

Art involving technology, especially constantly changing media technologies, or multi- or cross-disciplinary work, is a peculiar thing. Practitioners of specialized fields, such as more-traditional video, audio, robotics, often work towards a degree of mastery in a field by persisting at it over time; they gain depth that lends "authority" to them and their knowledge. Alas, art technology practit...

Sensing, Perception, Physics

"...And not everyone has gone through that thought process." Indeed. "The systematic, careful collection of measurements or counts of relevant quantities is often the critical difference between pseudo-sciences, such as alchemy, and science, such as chemistry or biology." My general intro to Sensing and perception A slightly more-specific intro to computer sensing as technique. A cursory re...

Women Computers

these are papers notes and images for the ever-nascent women computers project. introduction (only) to "The Anatomy of Programming Languages", Alice Fisher, Univ. New Haven, 1992 by Grace Hopper: UNIVAC Mark 1 Operating Manual, and The Education of a Computer. When computers were womenJennifer S Light, Technology and Culture; Jul 1999; Betty Holberton,, ENIAC and UNIVAC programmer, obituary,...

PRACTICUM: HOW TO BLINK TWO LEDS

ZIP files updated 19 jan 2016 the title of this practicum is a bit of an in-joke, aimed at those of you that have tried to use the Arduino's BLINK example as a starting point for your own program. the short answer is: you can't, it won't work; it can't work. and the problem isn't in the code, and the solution isn't in the Arduino language reference. the problem with most programming instruction ...

Number and character representation within computers

How is a number (quantity) represented, stored in memory, or sent via some communications protocol? There is no "real" or "right" way. When you have the concept in your head of "one hundred and twenty three", how you express that is utterly independent from the concept. Arabic or roman digits, 123 small stones, etc. The concept of a quantity is utterly independent of it's representation. The ser...

didactic stuff

"...And not everyone has gone through that thought process." Indeed. "The systematic, careful collection of measurements or counts of relevant quantities is often the critical difference between pseudo-sciences, such as alchemy, and science, such as chemistry or biology."...

mechanized thought, and other follies

claude shannon... skills physical and otherwise. film of shannon's maze solving machine. at 1:00, skip to 4:00, 4:20 skip to 5:00, etc. The fascination of watching Shannon's innocent rat negotiate its maze does not derive from any obvious similarity between the machine and a real rat; they are, in fact, rather dissimilar. The mechanism, however, is strikingly similar to the notions held by cer...