Virtual WOOD is a workshop related course that combines a technical, manual approach with a conceptual, analytical approach, and attempts to base artistic reflection on / in relation to material properties.
Virtual WOOD uses the processing and machining of wood, in the wood workshop as a productive basis for reflecting in virtual formats. By interfacing manual production processes with virtual formats we aim to develop the conceptual processes in artistic production. The idea is to understand and produce meaning in relation to materials across the virtual/physical divide. By contracting the material and the conceptual processes in practice we become aware of the relation between abstract and material processes.
The course takes off from the idea that there is an important/intricate multi-sidedness to artistic practice as such, and specifically to artistic thinking, that has to do with intervals, frequencies and spaces or materials of reflection.
The primary aim is to create a focus and language around the design of an artistic practice - What elements constitute the practice? What is the relation between thinking and doing in the practice?
Through discussing these questions in material, virtual formats and language we come to inhabit the individual spaces of practice. The learning outcome is to identify important productive links, rhythms, parameters between thinking and doing. Language and intuition. Between alternating modes of reflection. And thereby constructing the framework for developing a rich and complex practice.
Teaching methods are individual brainstorms, virtual formats, technical practice and collective discussions. And the outcome is what happens when merging these in alternating constellations.
The course also includes visits to the VR Lab at Electronic System Design, and the research project liquid wood.
Presence is mandatory and the students will be assessed at the end of the course on the basis of production of work for evaluation.
Kunstakademiet i Trondheim
Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU)