4.373 / 4.374
Advanced Projects in ACT — Objects in Disguise

UG: 4.301 or 4.302 or permission of instructor; G: permission of instructor
Limited to 20

Undergraduates: Register for 4.373
Graduates: Register for 4.374

As our knowledge, habits, preferences and movement through different surveillance systems become market commodities, we will explore strategies to think about how our awareness of what we know and what we are able to design can serve as a tool for manipulation, obfuscation and mimicry - for playing and having fun while confronting and questioning systems of power.

How can the knowledge you bring to the table be used for the creation and materialization of a dissenting object?

For this, we will try to establish fi rst a link between your knowledge and your making practices. Taking no things for granted, the fi rst step to establish this rapport will be to fi gure what it is exactly what you know, and how your overall knowledge is different from that of your peers. We will map knowledge topologies and explore their overlaps.

This cognitive mapping will allow us to fi nd areas of possible collaboration, and will become an instru-ment to learn how to harness the power of collec-tive intelligence while thinking, playing, sketching, designing and ultimately building objects --models,
prototypes, sculptures or environments.