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Sunday, January 24, 2010

Schedule of Classes and Assignments

Jan 20

Introduction: What is Neighborhood Narratives?
The history of the class, case studies. Equipment check out. Overview.

Assigned Reading: PDF of The Neighborhood Narratives Project from

Assignment: Leave a trail of your path and have partner find/follow it.

Jan 25

Overview review for students who are new.
Review of Projects
Review of reading
Integration of Blogs

What I carry with me. The bag exercise. The archeology of everyday life. Create your blog. Daniel Spoerri – An Anecdoted Topography of Chance. History of the Avante-garde.

Psychogeography: One Block Radius (GlowLab)

Reading: Links on the blog to avante-garde, Daniel Spoerri et all. Look for more links posted.
Assignment: Collect an archeological trail of Tuesday. Photograph.

Jan 27

Lab: Create a Flickr account and load the photos into Flickr. Link Flickr to your blog.

Assignment for Feb. 1 - catch up on all exercises and the reading so far.

Feb. 1

Guest speaker - Steve Bull. Cell phones and their creative possibilities.
Review of assignments. Presentation of Locative projects.
Assigned reading: Ambient Findability, chapter 2

Feb. 3

In class discussion about all readings
Walking in New Brunswick.
Creative Assignment - autobiography into google MyMaps

Feb. 8

Review of Assignment
Break up into teams
Large team assignment for Feb. 17
Reading assignment (handouts in class)
Relational Aesthetics, Nicholas Bourriaud
The Critique of the Everyday, Henri Lefebvre

Feb. 17

Presentation of projects on site.

Feb. 22

Critique of projects
Readings due, 3 discussion prompt questions posted to your blog.

Evaluation and Assessment


Research, attendance and participation 35%
In class assignments 30%
Final project 35%


Late assignments and exercises will not be tolerated. Failure to hand in an assignment by the due date and time will result in a zero grade for that assignment.

Research, Attendance and Participation

Group work, communicating and sharing knowledge through discussions, posting to the class blog, in-class presentations, and overall student participation are an essential part of the process of understanding course material.

Readings and blog postings are mandatory.

Prior to each class you will be required to complete a short reading and make notes of relevant points to bring up in class discussion.

Blog postings
Each week you will be required to a) make one post to your NEIGHBORHOOD NARRATIVES blog and b) to comment on at least one other student’s blog. Your post can be on: 1) a locative media project and your reaction to it or 2) a new media technology and how it relates to former ideas about photography (e.g. Spellbinder) or 3) if applicable, one of the required assignments.

Assignments and Final Project

The remit for the final project is to create an urban, on-site, locative (cell phone, GPS, mapping, sensory altering) media art project that engages visual as well as embodied (spatial + body) ideas, and document the final project on your blog.

The assignments will provide you with the skills and knowledge required to realize your final project.

Course Requirements and Class Business


The class is 3 hours long twice a week. For the most part, we will meet once a week and you will have a group project on the alternate day. The class will introduce methods of collecting data and artifacts, internet and field observation, mapping and scoring, "show and tell" and the examination of project presentations with rigorous discussion. Mobile city-wide exploration (public transportation, on foot) will include the presentation of the final project on location in the city. The class will also engage in peer dialogue and interdisciplinary teamwork, to extend the breadth of a project through collaboration. Students will keep semester long blogs including observations, photos, video and audio recordings (where equipment and resources allow) - a personal diary of the Neighborhood Narrative experience.

Internet Access

All students are expected to have frequent, dependable access to the internet. It is essential that you have an active email account that you ACCESS FREQUENTLY, for email with faculty and with each other. IT IS ESSENTIAL THAT YOU CREATE AND ACTIVELY MAINTAIN A BLOG. If you have any difficulties with either Internet access, your email account or your blog, please see the instructor after the first class.

Technology Requirements

You will need some form of memory stick to save and transport your work. Access to a mobile phone and digital camera is recommended.


Readings will be handed out in each class.

Course Costs

As expected with production courses, you may need to purchase supplies to produce your final project. Also, while it is not required, I would like to encourage you to use the communications features of your mobile phone: costs for voice calls and text messaging will depend on your phone plan.

Instructor Contact

The best way to reach me is by email. I am on campus once a week and am available to set up individual appointments, if requested.

Attendance and Lateness Policy

Attending the sessions outlined in the schedule is a requirement of this course. More than two unexcused absences will decrease the overall grade by one unit for each additional missed class. Five absences will result in a failing grade for the course. If you are going to be absent, please inform me by email at least 24 hours in advance. If you are absent, it is your responsibility to make up any work in a timely fashion. Three times arriving late will be considered as one unexcused absence. Being more than 10 minutes late will be counted as an absence.

Course Themes

The course is divided into three themes:

Theme one: Place and Space. The course begins with an examination of the concept of place. We explore questions such as: What is place? What is the difference between place and space? How are places mapped? What is the relationship of place to location?

Theme two: Embodied Practice. We investigate how a constantly changing environment affects the ways in which we physically stabilize our sense of orientation. We consider ways to ask strategic questions about encounter, gathering, and location; exploring our sensory alignment of the world, and how it is synthesized by the social mix of influences that affect both physical and virtual environments.

Theme three: Merger of Mixed reality and Mobility. Mobile media are tools that connect the physical to the virtual, by handheld connectivity to networks and webs. New public sites are emerging as a result of this mix - situated storysites, community mapping, environmental installations that incorporate technology, to name a few - that create a new form of experience and authorship.

Course Information

Spring 2010, Rutgers University
081: 213: 01
CSB – 326 Downtown
Monday and Wednesdays, 11:30 – 2:30
Instructor: Hana Iverson
Guest Instructor: David Gordon
Office Hours: After class, by appointment.