✸ assignments ✸
1. DAILY PRACTICE. 1
You will be responsible for establishing a daily practice focused on exploring and developing a healthy ritual of making. You will document this daily, generative process on your blog, created specifically for this course. You will be required to upload a minimum of 5 posts a week. This will also be used to display your process work on various projects, and final works, as well as whatever you would like to post on this platform—so long as it is relevant to your process, practice, and research.
This blog can be hosted on a variety of platforms—I recommend using tumblr, are.na, Instagram, or Twitter. Keep in mind that you’ll be posting a variety of content and mediums (image, text, sound) so make sure that whatever platform you’re using is capable of posting more than just images/text. If you plan on using something different from what I have listed here, just send me an email so I can confirm that it is an appropriate space.
As you craft your daily practice, consider play, consider long-term sustainability (make it sizable and doable), make it enjoyable, and make it something you can hold yourself accountable to. This is a tool you can continue using in your path as a designer so you can create self-accountability around making and so you can begin building a process archive. You’ll be surprised by how many tendrils you grow!
Consider: Collaborating With the Universe, Artist Rituals,
2. THEK PROJECT. 2
Make 20 responses to: Paul Thek Teaching Notes
- Choose a format, digital or analog, and stick to it for the 20 responses—if you choose analog, you will need to digitize it in some way
- Pick a size format and stick to it (for example: if you use a sticky note, keep using sticky notes)
- have fun! play.
- don’t be precious! let it flow.
- try setting your own constraints.
- walk around, breathe deep, expand your body
- move between formats: draw, digitize, print, draw again.
- what would you make if you weren’t afraid of the outcome?
3. WORLDING GAME .3
Create a game that allows the players to create, imagine, ideate, and destroy worlds. Consider chance as a way to make decisions and expand worlds. Consider generating frameworks for imagination to thrive. Utilize iterative processes that can create endless possibilities from slight variations. Prioritize collaborative thinking and play as a necessary site for creativity and imagining new worlds.
Your game can be digital or analog (a card game, an oracle, an 8-bit game, a board game, etc, etc, etc.)
Examples: Game of Kin (⇧), Investing in Futures, The Black School Process Deck, Pamela García Valero Oracle, Never Alone, Seeda Syllabus,
4. SPECULATIVE PORTAL .4
Using what you have learned and created so far, transform your research into a ‘portal’ for a speculative world. Use your research as a prompt to start developing a world-building direction. Consider the principles, aesthetics, philosophy, environment, characters, artifacts, and rules of your world. Focus on one actionable aspect that you can realistically elaborate on. For example: an organization, a transportation system, a governance system, a fashion universe, climate solutions, new social rules, etc.
Create a piece of writing that expands on the values, ethics, and concept for your portal (1+ page) and generate visuals, auditory, or multi-sensory components that bring it alive for all of us.
- let your daily practice feed into your work. write from your future if you feel inspired!
Examples: Cyfoka, Cooking Sections, Institute of Queer Ecology, Interspecies Library, On Worldbuilding