RISD in ROME: Sensing the city
Italy: Rome, Venice
3 weeks: July 9-30, 2017
3 Credits, RISD Industrial Design / RISD MA Digital + Media
Students will transform themselves into recording devices, able to experience the environment and simultaneously becoming physical representation of their surroundings. The course will be organized into three main phases: Feel, Make and Sense. The first phase will be about “feeling the city” and the students will flaneur around Rome, self-reflecting on their perceptions and identifying interesting multi-sensorial elements. The second phase mostly focused on making, will teach students how to create wearable devices that, through the use of new technologies (sensors, Arduino boards, motors, servos, but not limited to those), will react to external stimulus and/or collect environmental data. The third and last phase will be about “sensing the city”. Rome will provide the experimental context where students will test their creations, walking through the city and letting their wearable devices responding to the crowd, the noise, the narrow streets, the light or anything else they will design them for. This class wants to have an interdisciplinary approach to creativity and any approach is welcomed design, sculpture, new media, performance, apparel and any other individual interested in the relation between the body and the space.
Students live and work in the RISD site in Rome, Palazzetto Cenci, a 16th-century building in the historic center, where RISD based its EHP program since 1966. Dorms are double occupancy with shared bathrooms, kitchens and laundry. The Cenci also includes several spacious studios, computer facilities, library and a lecture hall/exhibition gallery.
Cost: $4,300 (includes tuition, accommodation, field trips, local transportation, group dinners + some meals, museum entrances, health and travel insurance).