The media lab is a project that aims to map students’ journey expressing and communicating their experience in CILAS (collectively and individually). The lab offers technical and theoretical support, through discussion, a library on media, and workshops with artists, writers, and individuals with similar interest. We hope to create a work setting that is free of outcome standard, but does justice to the creation process, so we can channel our inquiry into a medium that will keep it and help us understand the nature of our questioning. The project based approach helps us do away with a standard for success and create our own standard, based on what we want to say, and how we wish we can say it, in relation to the very human effort to be understood.
1) Projects: a chance for reflection and a year long contemplation
Produce a capstone project in one of the three mediums (visual, audio, or writing).
“Artistic appropriation of knowledge evokes different, independent forms of knowledge, in order to complement scientific research with artistic research. With regard to the relationship between philosophy and art, this implies that artistic practice is more than just an application of theory and that theory is more than a mere reflection on practice. Deleuze perceives this unique relationship as “a system of relays within a larger sphere, within a multiplicity of parts that are both theoretical and practical.”Art and theory, in effect, are nothing more than two different forms of practice interrelated through a system of interaction and transferences. In this constellation, philosophy neither brings the arts to the point nor does art sensualize philosophical truths; philosophy serves a knowledge-based artistic practice as a point of reference, similar, conversely, to how art might affect theoretical practice.” Bush, K., 2009, 1
Students enrolled in the media lab are required to:
a. attend open sessions on the three mediums (which take place during the first six weeks of the first trimester). Follow up readings that are responsive to the inquiry sparked by each session are discussed in media lab meetings.
b. Experiment with their chosen medium in one assignment in any of the four fields of study during the core course.
Second and Third Trimesters:
Work on a longer narrative project (either directed individually or in a group)
examples: CILAS podcast - CILAS visual diary - CILAS journal
2) Online presence of CILAS: telling the story as it happens
contribute to the online representation of CILAS on a community platform (such as facebook, the website, running a CILAS blog).
a. Collecting: pictures, videos, reflections.
b. Archiving: stories (in form of bios or less structured formats), coursework, readings. [creating a CILAS Wiki]
c. sharing findings once a week and suggesting how they should be presented.
Example: (picture with caption or article with description.. etc.)
d. Inventing modes of contributing to community platforms:
Examples: CILAS playlist - CILAS reading list - CILAS weekly photo scroll
Offering and seeking support: The labs in conversation
The media lab members are expected/invited to help other students and fellows follow up on assignments that fall under the umbrella of the lab (example: a required photoessay or presentation in the arts and culture field, recording and editing field notes under the research lab), based on their time availability.
Support can also be asked for from members and directors of other labs.