Computer science and textiles are two historically interwoven fields built on binary code, algorithms, patterns, and mathematical abstraction. From their common language of interconnection (Network, the Web), this course offers a critical engagement with technology through themes of systems, networks, entanglements, communication, sensing and touch. Students will be introduced to soft circuitry skills such as: working with conductive flexible and soft materials, basic electronics, introduction to Arduinos and programming, and using sensors and interactivity with the human body. Course explorations will be informed by texts, films and student’s independent research related to the history of technology and the body, interactive circuit-based artwork, the intricacies of power, public/private dynamics, and the overt and covert networks, systems and entanglements that underlie and connect us to our communities, environments, and economies locally and globally. The topics and techniques covered in class will provide a jumping off point for students’ artworks and projects.
Prerequisite: Earned credit or concurrent enrollment in FF 130