4.332/4.333 Advanced Seminar in Networked Cultures and Participatory Media

Amber Frid-Jimenez

TA Tony Vanky

This hands-on project-based course explores the field of design for networked bodies in physical space. We will examine the ethical, aesthetic and architectural challenges of actively engaging the dynamic information that defines our networked lives. We use design exercises to develop social interactions, communication devices, and sensory experiences that address critical issues in network culture and society. As groundwork for the projects, we will look at and discuss works of art that engage technology, networks, and performance for the purpose of collective action and urban activism. The ideological framing will draw from theories and practice in new media, cybernetics, information design, film, contemporary art, and fashion.

The course is multidisciplinary in nature, combining aspects of theory, art, and technology. Students from various disciplines and backgrounds including but not limited to art practice, media studies, computer science, design, architecture, and engineering are welcome. While students are not required to have any specialized technical experience, students will be expected to conceptualize, design and test projects in real-world or virtual scenarios. It is understood that students may produce a range of projects from simple small scale experiments to large scale public projects depending on their skills and interests. Collaboration and group work are encouraged. In addition to formal documentation of projects, students will be required to do periodic readings and participate in online forums.

In addition, students are expected to attend the ACT lectures on Monday nights at Bartos Theater. The lecture a series is co-directed with Ute Meta Bauer, 4.310 Contemporary Curatorial Practice: Theatrical Fields, and Joan Jonas, 4.360 Performance Workshop. Speakers include choreographers Xavier Le Roy and Constanza Macras, founder of “The Bread and Puppet Theater” Peter Schumann, video and performance artists Magda Fernandez and Catherine Sullivan, choreographer and filmmaker Yvonne Rainer, and philosopher Eva Meyer.


  • Prereq: 4.330 or permission of instructor
    Units: 3-3-6
    Lab Fee: 65
  • Notes: 4.333 subject level h / 4.332 subject level u
  • Schedule: M 10:30a-1:30p with recitation M 7-9 E15-070
    Location: e15-283a

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