University of Huddersfield Centre of Excellence in Digital Design MA/MSC 3D Digital and Smart Design Winter- Spring 2005

Systemic Intervention: Part One (weeks 1 -5)

The second stage studio Digital Design Practice 2 and Digital Technologies modules are concerned with intervention in complex systems:

A processes of extracting from the virtual, data that can be made concrete and tangible
( suggested for 3D students). andlor

B the construction of hybrids and composites of the real and the virtual ( suggested for
Smart Design students)

Eversion has been defined as the turning inside out of virtuality, so that it is no longer contained in the technologies that support, it but is cast out into our midst.

Eversion has been described as the 5th degree of virtuality where these are (and there are others):

1 light and shadow
2 sampling and statistics
3 inversion
4 immersion
5 eversion

For the purpose of part 1 you are asked to consider any complex system and consider this as a virtuality. (eg the stock exchange, a weather system, a river delta, traffic flow.)

Eversion can be seen as a process that turns the display inside-out in terms of presence and absence; where the display is a hybrid screening of our limited senses and cybernetic/ecological and computational systems.

Your primary task is to use this notion of the display to intervene in a virtuality. Your work in stage 2 of the course is in two parts the first of which is outlined below:

1 develop sources and processes of eversion for an identified virtuality. Make proposals for an intervention with i n/ in-relation to this virtuality.

Suggested digital processes and techniques (for 3D Design students, although not exclusively)

A rapid prototyping / stereolithography, CNC milling and modelling from

a) digital analogue conversions and sampling b) mapping of trajectories/vectors from a virtual environment c) appropriation/modification of everted artefacts

B proposals for virtual/real hybridisation/augmentation or the production of composites
(on the whole for Smart design students, but not only for them)

a) registration of supersensitised environmental monitoring and associated

b) mapping the event-model from a virtual environment as an event-space

c) the operation of remote or virtual actions as tectonic displays.