Mixed Feelings

Tuesday, 8:30 - 11:30am
Thom Moran

Are we done with remote interactions? Now that the tech giants want us to embrace the metaverse, should we reflexively reject it? Is architecture, with all of its messy materiality and embedded power relations, still more desirable than “Zoom School?” Or is there still something exciting about the possibility of mixed-presence, mixed-reality experiences? Hasn’t streaming culture proven that it organizes new audiences? Can architecture advance the radical possibilities of this new mediated world?

Admittedly, we have mixed feelings.

Beginning from this ethical ambivalence, students will build a critical position on architecture’s relationship to mediated  interactions. Through an open-ended, hands-on, collective approach, students will design and produce a mixed-presence, mixed-reality event that will serve as the final review for the course. Making extensive use of the new TVLab and other available emerging technologies, this media experiment could suggest new models for college events like final reviews, symposia, and lectures.

Taubman College 
Architecture and Urban Planning
Room #2106
2000 Bonisteel Blvd
Ann Arbor, MI 48109
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