Splinter your perspectives as we enter hyperreality and ask, in the advent of artificial advancements and technological concerns, is the Future really ours to see?
This course welcomes students who are interested in the technological and posthuman era, and the critical debate surrounding the influx of Artificial Intelligence, Virtual and Augmented reality. Technologies that are now an ever-present influence and manipulation of our daily reality. Online lectures shall give the theoretical and philosophical ground for students to build their digital inspirations and concepts. In Weimar, students will practically learn and develop Augmented Reality artworks that shall be showcased in groups at the Bauhaus Spring Exhibition.
In addressing the hyperreal concepts related to Jean Baurillard’s Simulations and Simulacra, Paul Virilo’s Dromology, to Micheal Foucault's Heterotopia. We shall discuss the critical phenomena that AI is advancing. The effect our cyberspaces are aesthetically having on our pop/sci-fi culture, and how our current reality is strangely competing with itself as its own hyperreal copy. In Weimar, our multidisciplinary practical lessons shall offer students the opportunity to be taught particular programming skills. In which they shall learn how to experiment with Augmented Reality. Students will acquire the knowledge needed for developing AR applications in Unity 3D software, through different workshops dedicated to various AR capabilities such as Vuforia’s Image Target, Face Filters, and ARFoundation’s Environment tracking. This course will only focus on AR development for Android devices and Windows computers.
In conjunction with programming lessons, students will be part of workshops and further group discussions that will address the economic, creative and existential challenges our digitally merged reality is facing. In this course, students will develop AR experiences that critically question, create, and envision a posthuman path where ethics, agency and trust are at the core of technological development and artistic practice, of a future that has already arrived.