Archive for November, 2010

Dec 6: reading and response questions

Posted in Uncategorized on November 27, 2010 by Kio

GROUP 1: Chris Allick, Michael E, Liesje, Ania, Sebastian, Candice, Aaron, Poram
You are reading excerpts from The Big Con, by David Maurer, which I’ll hand out in class.

Response questions:
In email: What is the most interesting element of a successful con, for you, and why?
In class: Be prepared to explain to the group the elements of a successful con and outline the basic procedure, the players, and techniques.

GROUP 2: Minette, Jeff, MMC, Luis, Patrick, Chris Alden, Hana, Nicholas.
You are are reading short pieces about hoaxes and impostors. There’s one handout, plus links below. Read at least one hoax and one impostor.

PT Barnum’s account of the Feejee Mermaid hoax
The Mechanical Turk / Automaton Chess Player
Wikipedia actually does this justice. [Note: You can skip the section on “popular culture” and what follows.]

Frederic Bourdain
Ferdinand Waldo Demara (HANDOUT)

Response Questions:
In email: What is one technique in hoaxes or imposture that you find especially devious and interesting, and tell me why.
In class: Be prepared to explain the environment, players, technique, and apprehension of one of the hoaxes to the group for discussion; likewise, be prepared to report on one impostor and their story, technique, special skills and how they got busted to the group for discussion.


Nov 15: Delusions

Posted in Uncategorized on November 8, 2010 by Kio

Handout, Ch 3 & 10 from Method in Madness.

Response questions:
Please note and explain something you find especially interesting and something you find confusing or questionable. Also briefly note your thoughts on how the idea of delusional perception could be useful in manipulating the experience of authenticity.

Initial project ideas due in writing and for class discussion (see previous post for more detail).

Final projects milestones

Posted in Uncategorized on November 6, 2010 by Kio

So you have it all crystal clear, in one place, here is the schedule of final projects milestones, including classtime devoted to discussion. These are in the main Nov-Dec syllabus, as well, integrated with readings/guests.

Nov 8: Group brainstorming

Nov 15: INITIAL PROJECT IDEAS DUE for workshop discussion. This should be a short written explanation of the project, goals, anticipated challenges. Hopes, dreams, etc. You’ll get feedback in class and in writing from me.

Nov 29: FINAL PROJECT PLAN DUE with workshop in class. Written project plan revised based on previous feedback, plus step by step approach and concrete plan for field testing of the project.

Dec 6: FINAL PROJECT, FIRST ITERATION DUE, including documentation of project, successes, failures, your field testing and your plans for second iteration based on what you learned.

Dec 13: Final project presentations in class, group 1
Dec 15: Final project presentations in class, group 2

Dec 16, 9AM: Final project documentation/field writeup due as a PDF in my email.
This deadline is 100% ironclad. If you don’t turn in your work by the deadline, you won’t get a grade, because I have to turn in grades.

Nov 8: responsive machines

Posted in Uncategorized on November 3, 2010 by Kio

Eyal Ohana
Laura Greig

Project ideas discussion