In a grand effort to help myself keep track of all of the various adventures I will embark on over the next several months I thought I would start a blog. My goal is to document the process of developing and creating my thesis project. Below is the abstract I wrote as part of my thesis project proposal, along with the research questions I am asking. There is also a link to the full proposal should you want to read it. So...here we go!
This MFA Thesis Project will explore interdisciplinary strategies for making interactive/reactive/immersive (IRI) installations that draw audiences into an experience and encourage active observation and/or participation. These interdisciplinary IRI installations will combine movement, sculpture, production design, and various forms of media and technology with environments in which the audience has agency and/or authorship. Throughout the creative process, a series of four different focus labs will be conducted. In these focus labs, a small audience will be invited to engage with the work as a way of gathering data about the effectiveness of the installations in facilitating active audience observation and/or participation. The data collected after each focus lab will inform the revision of the work in preparation for the next focus lab, with the ultimate result being the production of a final gallery exhibition of four to five different interdisciplinary IRI installations.
1. How can I translate my personal iteration process into viable user experiences that integrate movement and technology, while promoting active observation and/or participation from my audience?
2. How does working this way leverage my current understanding of movement and technology?