String Theory Second Intensive

October 6th

After having the weekend to digest what was learned in the prototyping lab at the Franklin Institute, as well as process Paul and Peggy’s feedback about the proposed designs, the University of the Arts students held their second intensive with the String Theory Students. Here the UArts prototyping students presented their revised designs to their respective teams, and received feedback and input as to what direction to proceed.

The students were able to think very broadly about the designs, and brainstorm how they think that this could be implemented as an actual exhibition at the 2015 Science Festival. One of the groups of students began to think about how art impacts their community, and how to evoke responses out of the public to understand their artistic passions. They began to think very broadly in terms of what they were classifying as ‘art’ and expanded this to also include science and other passions that people might have. Many things can be considered art. This conversation transformed into the decisions people make and how this impacts their life- the students believed that many people tend to have an artistic ‘alter ego’ even if that is not the career path that they have chosen.

The ideas discussed were manifested through the students as partakers in their community. However, there was a question brought up by one of the String Theory students, “what does this have to do with science?” This started an interesting discussion about how art and science can overlap in some respects and that the ideas revolving around prototyping don’t necessarily have to do with science alone. The students then began taking the questions involved in the prototype to a more philosophical level, such as “What’s the one thing you like about your age group?” and “What would you re-live if you could re-live your life?” and “Would you wanna live in someone else’s generation?” The time machine perspective to the prototype led to the discussion of design. What would this time machine look like exactly? This brought some interesting cross-generational interaction into question taking focus primarily off of their own generation and community.

After discussing the topics of the exhibitions in further depth, the students conducted additional brainstorming on what this exhibition would look like and as to how it would function. Each student sketched their own exhibition and explained to the group how it worked and what the main concepts of the exhibition were. Some of these included a maze of words and choices that show where the visitors passion lies: their Super alter ego as the student referred to it. Others consisted of photo booth ideas, trivia games, statistics to show that everyone is an artist. One of the main factors that both the students and prototyping class needed to consider was how would these concepts be developed and implemented into 3 different locations.

On October 24th, the University of the Arts students will prototype their exhibitions at UArts for both the String Theory, and SLA students, as well as the Franklin Institute staff.

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