Spatial Design

Course schedule /Spring 2018

Instructor - Iuliana Gherghescu / moc.oohay|ucsehgrehg_anailui#moc.oohay|ucsehgrehg_anailui

Credits - 4 ECTS

Course Prerequisites
• 2D and 3D rendering/illustration basic skills;
• Basic skills in computer-aided design software;
• Freehand drawing skills;
• Creative thinking;

Course Description
This course aims at guiding the students through the spatial design concepts, based on revealing a wide array of stylistic and compositional challenges. The focus in on identifying and examining design ideas through research of visual material and text analysis. The concept work matures into its final expression through the completion of drafting and rendering assignments. It will explore physical and virtual spaces and their manifestations, their relationships to individuals, objects and different entities; the philosophy and thinking behind designing a space.
This specialization focuses on space, the relationship between the body and space, form and structure, and also on the objects present in a certain space. The student develops their ability to identify and improve existing space and work with new space.
The work with spatial design is conducted using the provided methods and processes, which results in new questions and articulated proposals. Meaning that the relationships between body, object, and space are renegotiated and that questions are posed as to how these new relationships change conditions for individual, group and the purpose of an artistic performance.

Course Objectives

Students in this course will:
• Be taken through all the design step necessary for building a concept taking aesthetics, subjective, social, environmental and other societal perspectives into consideration.
• Engage with innovative and creative technologies
• Apply the principles of design to two-dimensional and three-dimensional projects;
• Develope theoretical and methodological skills to analyze and evaluate design objects and design processes, and the relations between them
• Be able to participate in interdisciplinary design teams and initiate, manage projects involving social analyses of design and design processes
• Develop skills required for graphic communication necessary for success in the design curriculum;
• Be able to communicate design idea in a graphically clear and effective manner
Upon successful completion of the course, the student shall be able to:
- demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the design field, and demonstrate familiarity with theories, approaches, methods, techniques, and processes for dealing with complex phenomena, issues, and situations relevant to the design field.
- demonstrate an ability to independently and creatively formulate new questions and contribute to the development of knowledge, approach complex issues, develop new and relevant means of work and expression, and reflect critically on their own and other people’s artistic approaches within their main field of study,
– demonstrate an ability to formulate well‐designed and well‐formulated design proposals which are
relevant to the situation and context

Course Structure
This course will be comprised of 14 weekly classes, 4 small assignments.The second semester includes an introduction to the program, the subject, and all its constituent parts, as well as a broadening of the perspectives on the subject and the profession. The goal is to further develop critical, analytical and artistic approaches.
Teaching and working methods: Lectures, group work, exercises and student presentations

• Attendance and participation
Students must attend all classes. Maximum five absences will be allowed during the semester. After the fifth absence, the final grade will be lowered by 25% per absence. If extreme circumstances necessitate an absence, students must get the notes and assignments from a classmate and are responsible for making up all missed work.

// Readings//

Birringer Johannes Performance, technology, science, New York: PAJ Publications, 2008;
Aronson A. The Power of Space in a Virtual World in Performance Design
Butterworth, P McKinney, J The Cambridge Introduction to Scenography, Cambridge University Press (December 21, 2009);
Collins, J., Nisbet, A. Theatre and performance design: A reader in scenography, Routledge, 2010;
Crowe, N, Laseau, P. Visual Notes for Architects and Designers, Ed: Wiley; 2 ed, November 2011;
Dixon, Steve Digital Performance: A History of New Media in Theater, Dance, Performance
Art, and Installation, Cambridge, MA: The MIT Press, 2007;
Dziekan, V. Virtuality and the Art of Exhibition, Intellect Ltd (April 15, 2012)
Exner,U, Pressel, D. Basics Spatial Design, Birkhäuser Architecture; 1 ed, 2008;
Francis D. K. Ching Architecture: Form, Space, and Order, Wiley; 4 edition (September 29, 2014);
Jormaka, K Design Methods, Publisher Birkhäuser, 2008;
Kaye Nick Site Specific art-performance, place and documentation, Routledge, 2000;
Klanten, Robert Staging Space: Scenic Interiors and Spatial Experiences, Die Gestalten Verlag; 2010;
Klobe, T. Exhibitions: Concept, Planning and Design, American Alliance of Museums (April 20, 2012);
Kopec, Dak Environmental Psychology for Design, Fairchild Books; 2 edition (February 29, 2012);
Kossmann.dejong Engaging Spaces, Frame Publishers (November 9, 2010);
Laseau, P. Freehand Sketching, W. W. Norton & Company (January 17, 2004)
McAuley, Gay Space in Performance: Making Meaning in the Theatre, University of Michigan Press (December 8, 2000);
Oddey, A, White C. The potentials of spaces: the theory and practice of scenography and performance, Chicago: Intellect ltd, 2006;
Shield, Rob, The Virtual, London: Routledge, 2003;
Skolnick,l. Lorenc,J. Berger, C What is Exhibition Design? RotoVision (August 30, 2007);
Walker, S. Sustainable by Design: Explorations in Theory and Practice, Routledge (September 3, 2006);
Yelavich,S , Adams, B Design as Future-Making, Bloomsbury Academic (November 20, 2014);
Aronson A. The Power of Space in a Virtual World in Performance Design ;
Dixon, Steve Digital Performance: A History of New Media in Theater, Dance, Performance
Art, and Installation, Cambridge, MA: The MIT Press, 2007
Kaye Nick Site Specific art-performance, place and documentation, Routledge, 2000;
Collins, J., Nisbet, A. Theatre and performance design: A reader in scenography, Routledge, 2010;
McAuley, Gay Space in Performance: Making Meaning in the Theatre, University of Michigan Press (December 8, 2000)
Oddey, A, White C. The potentials of spaces: the theory and practice of scenography and performance, Chicago: Intellect ltd, 2006;
Paul Allain, Jen Harvie Ghidul Routledge de teatru şi performance, Nemira, 2012
Suderberg, E Space, Site, Intervention : Situating Installation Art, University of Minnesota Press, 2000

Grading
• Assignment1 -5%
• Assignment2 -30%
• Assignment3 -30%
• Assignment4 -30%
• Participation in course activities - 5%

Course schedule /Spring 2018

Monday 19/02 –
PQ2019 project applications

Monday 26/02 –
PQ2019 project applications

Monday 05/03 –
PQ2019 project applications

Monday 12/03 – Basics of spatial design (1)
Type of spaces
• Functional Spaces
• Movement and connections
• Permanent and temporary use
• Staged and imaginary spaces
• Colour theory for environment design - explore the use of colour

Assigment 1 – Colour exercise (due before next class)

Recommended readings
Francis D. K. Ching Architecture: Form, Space, and Order, Wiley; 4 edition (September 29, 2014);
Crowe, N, Laseau, P. Visual Notes for Architects and Designers, Ed: Wiley; 2 ed, November 2011;

Monday 19/03 – Elements of spatial design (2)
• Composition proportions, dimensions
• Material, texture, ornaments, and color
• Space design and structure
• Fixed and moveable elements
• Materiality, light, and sound
• Structure, atmosphere, impact

Recommended readings
Francis D. K. Ching Architecture: Form, Space, and Order, Wiley; 4 edition (September 29, 2014);
Crowe, N, Laseau, P. Visual Notes for Architects and Designers, Ed: Wiley; 2 ed, November 2011;

Monday 26/03 – The design process: concept and devising
• Analyzing the brief
• Elaborating a concept
• Presenting all the steps of implementing a project
• Research - learn to gather and analyze information related to the concept and subject and apply it to design.
• Budgeting
• Exploring and choosing the proper approach and technologies for each type of project
• Problem-solving
Recommended readings
Jormaka, K Basic Design Methods, Publisher Birkhäuser, 2008;

Monday 02/04 – Installation art
• What is installation art
• Definition and characteristics
• Types of installations
• Evolution of installations art

Recommended readings
Unexpected Art: Serendipitous Installations, Site-Specific Works, and Surprising Interventions, Publisher Chronicle Books, USA 2015
Robertson, J McDaniel, C Themes of ContemporaryArt: Visual Artafter 1980, Oxford University Press; 3rd edition (June 1, 2012)
Kopec, Dak Environmental Psychology for Design, Fairchild Books; 2 edition (February 29, 2012)
Elwes, C Installation and the Moving Image, Columbia University Press, 2015
Julie H.Reiss, From margin to center: the spaces of installation art.

Monday 09/04- Holiday
Holiday

Monday 16/04 – Space and installation art
• Installation in visual arts and interactive installations
• Understanding the use of space in art installations
• The process of designing the space for installation art
• transAssignments of space for installations

Assigment 2: Installation art

Recommended readings
Unexpected Art: Serendipitous Installations, Site-Specific Works, and Surprising Interventions, Publisher Chronicle Books, USA 2015
Robertson, J McDaniel, C Themes of Contemporary Art: Visual Art after 1980, Oxford University Press; 3rd edition (June 1, 2012)
Kopec, Dak Environmental Psychology for Design, Fairchild Books; 2 edition (February 29, 2012)
Elwes, C Installation and the moving image, Columbia University Press, 2015
Arnason H.H., Mansfield E. History of Modern Art, Pearson; 7 edition (December 22, 2012);
Collins, J., Nisbet, A. Theatre and performance design: A reader in scenography, Routledge, 2010

Monday 23/04- Space for exhibition design
• What is exhibition design
• Characteristics of an exhibition
• Installation and exhibition design
• Design the space for an exhibition
Assignment 3 : Design an interactive exhibiton ( gallery, museum, commercial exhibition stand)
Recommended readings
Dziekan, V. Virtuality and the Art of Exhibition, Intellect Ltd (April 15, 2012)
Skolnick,l.Lorenc,J. Berger, C What is Exhibition Design? RotoVision (August 30, 2007);

Monday 30/04 - In class work for assignment 2

Assignment 2 – work on project (due before next class)

Monday 07/05 - Space for performance (1)
• The importance of space in performance
• What is performance design and the evolution of performance
• Type of performances
• Transformations of space for performance
Recommended readings
Kossmann.dejong Engaging Spaces, Frame Publishers (November 9, 2010);
Art as Performance DAVID DAVIES
McAuley, Gay Space in Performance: Making Meaning in the Theatre, University of Michigan Press (December 8, 2000);
Oddey, A, White C. The potentials of spaces: the theory and practice of scenography and performance, Chicago: Intellect ltd, 2006;
Shield, Rob, The Virtual, London: Routledge, 2003;

Monday 14/05 – In class work for assignment 3

Assignment 3 : Design an interactive exhibiton ( gallery, museum, commercial exhibition stand) (due before next class)

Monday 21/05 –Space for performance (2)

• What is site specific performance and site generic performance
• Design approach for site specific performances
• Space in site specific performance
• Type of spaces for performance- differences and features

Assignment 4 Site specific performance project- choose a place (building, park, public space, public square erc) from your childhood years and develop a site specific performance with more than 3 performers ( actors, dancers)

Recommended readings
Kossmann.dejong Engaging Spaces, Frame Publishers (November 9, 2010);
Art as Performance DAVID DAVIES
McAuley, Gay Space in Performance: Making Meaning in the Theatre, University of Michigan Press (December 8, 2000);
Oddey, A, White C. The potentials of spaces: the theory and practice of scenography and performance, Chicago: Intellect ltd, 2006;
Shield, Rob, The Virtual, London: Routledge, 2003;

Monday 28/05 – In class work for assignment 4

Assignment 4: Site specific project (due before next class)

Monday 04/06 - Space , performance and yechnology

• Interactions between technology and performance
• Technology and transformation of space
• Digital Theater and Scenic Spectacle
• Multimedia Theatre

Recommended readings
Theatre and Performance in Digital Culture From simulation to embeddedness, Matthew Causey

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