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thePUPPEThomePROJECT you will investigate the making of an
alternate self, and in true architectural logic you will learn to make
a home for this self: a home as a theater. The client in this case will
be the Brazos Valley Museum of Natural History whose extraordinary
collection of ancient artifacts will become the puppet’s surrogate
world.
IN A NUTSHELL: First you must look at yourself (theMeProject). Then we
will study how puppets work, (theBoneProject), then we will all take a
look at Museums of Natural History and their collections
(theWonderCabinet). Finally we will design a cast of puppets, make them
a home-stage, and write a script we will perform for a live audience
(thePuppetHomeProject).

THE TOTAL SYLLABUS:

Syllabus, Fall, 2010

DESIGN FOUNDATIONS I – ENDS 105 503

PETER LANG, Instructor MW 8:00am- 11:10am[i]

thePUPPEThomePROJECT:

a theatrical design-build program for the Brazos Valley Museum  of Natural History

Most of you are familiar with Walt Disney’s Pinocchio; few of you may know the original darker version created by Carlo Collodi in Italy back in 1883.  The story of the little puppet who dreams of becoming human is retold again and again, most strikingly in Ridley Scott’s Blade Runner from 1982. Steven Spielberg in 2001 takes over an even more ambitious project from Stanley Kubrick, AI, where the boy robot dreams of the Blue Fairy. A fable on global warming, the robots in the end outlive their human creators. Puppets- or robots, inhabit this strange condition that is not human, but that sometimes seems more than human. They are anthropometric extensions of ourselves, and express our deepest hopes and desires.

thePUPPEThomePROJECT you will investigate the making of an alternate self, and in true architectural logic you will learn to make a home for this self: a home as a theater. The client in this case will be the Brazos Valley Museum of Natural History whose extraordinary collection of ancient artifacts will become the puppet’s surrogate world.

IN A NUTSHELL: First you must look at yourself (theMeProject). Then we will study how puppets work, (theBoneProject), then we will all take a look at Museums of Natural History and their collections (theWonderCabinet). Finally we will design a cast of puppets, make them a home-stage, and write a script we will perform for a live audience (thePuppetHomeProject). Throughout the whole process we will keep a blog of everything we do so that everyone can follow along: http://www.thePuppetHomeProject.wordpress.com

WEEK 0. theMeproject

Monday August 30

THREE  self-PORTRAITS: (keywords: physiognomy, ID kit, mask, disguise, visor, avatar). (artist references:  Edvard Munch, Vincent Van Gogh, Frances Bacon, Andy Warhol, Frida Kahlo)

Assignment due MONDAY September 6. (BE SURE TO BRING ALL YOUR WORK TO STUDIO BEGINNING SEPTEMBER 1)

ASSIGNMENT INSTRUCTIONS: YOU ARE ASKED TO INVESTIGATE 3 DIFFERENT WAYS OF LOOKING AT YOURSELF AND TO MAKE 3 DIFFERENT KINDS OF SELF PORTRAIT:  (1) A DRAWING (2) A PHOTO, (3) A (FACE) MASK.

GOAL: produce 3 variations of your face:

1.     self-PORTRAIT using only you own hand drawing on a 8½ x 11 inch vertical portrait paper. (PUT YOUR FACE IN FRONT OF A MIRROR AND SKETCH YOURSELF ON A PIECE OF PAPER. YOU CAN USE CRAYON, FAT MAGIC MARKERS, COLOR PENCILS, INK OR CHALK. YOU ARE ENCOURAGED TO PLAY AROUND UNTIL YOU GET SOMETHING INTERESTING).

2.     self-PORTRAIT PHOTO print on 8½ x 11 inch vertical portrait paper. (COMPOSE A PICTURE OF YOURSELF WITH YOUR OWN CAMERA, OR PHONE. THEN PRINT IT ONTO A PIECE OF PAPER. YOU ARE ENCOURAGED TO MODIFY THE PHOTO IN YOUR COMPUTER, CHANGING COLORS, DISTORTIONS, FILTERS, WHATEVER LOOKS BEST TO YOU).

3.     self-PORTRAIT using silly putty or children’s plastic clay to make an  8½ x 11 inch sized vertical portrait sculpture. (FIND ANY KIND OF EASY TO SHAPE PUTTY TYPE PRODUCT (NON-TOXIC) AND MAKE A MASK OR MOLD OF YOUR OWN FACE. MOUNT THIS ON AN 8½ x 11 vertical portrait PIECE OF CARDBOARD).

Wednesday September 1. DISCUSSION ON HISTORY OF PUPPETS, WEB-BLOGS, VIDEO AND PHOTO DOCUMENTATION AND WEEKLY STUDENT  BLOG UPDATES (see www.thepuppethomeproject.wordpress.com)

(keywords: marionette, string puppets, shadow puppets, Pinocchio, ventriloquists Ronn Lucas, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hVNo2x-l4Hw&feature=related Spielberg’s AI-film, Ridley Scott’s Blade Runner, Jerry and Silvia Anderson’s Thunderbirds-British TV show- http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thunderbirds_%28TV_series%29 especially for the special effects, the Pish Dolls for alternative concepts: http://www.pishdolls.co.uk/ace_of_spades_15mb.mov )

puppet |ˈpəpət|

noun: a movable model of a person or animal that is used in entertainment and is typically moved either by strings controlled from above or by a hand inside it.

DESK CRITS on self-PORTRAIT.

WEEK 1: theMeproject

Monday September 6, FIRST ASSIGNMENT DUE. REVIEW.

Wednesday September 8: theBONEproject

THE SECOND ASSIGNMENT: DUE SEPTEMBER 15 (Keywords: origami, zoology, physiology, anatomy, entropy, fossils, orthopedics) (artists references: Peter Callesen, http://www.petercallesen.com/

De Dominicis, Brothers Quay)

Puppets work because they have joints and assembled moving parts. Each student is to pick from a list in class of pre-approved animals, prehistoric creatures or human ancestors and complete a brief study that includes a short history of the individual creature, drawings and photographs of the bone structures, and paper or cardboard models of the skeleton. (figure scale not to exceed something that fits inside a standard shoebox.)

WEEK 2. theBONEproject

Monday September 13. DESK CRITS. COLOR, FORM AND ABSTRACTION.

Students are requested to rethink their study projects on bones and fossils through new media applications, like video, color transformations, form experiments—planar analysis, (SEE HANDOUTS TBA)

Wednesday September 15 . theBONEproject

SECOND ASSIGNMENT DUE. REVIEW

WEEK 3.

Monday September 20 theWonderCABINETproject

THE THIRD ASSIGNMENT: NEW DISPLAY CABINET CASES FOR THE BRAZOS VALLEY MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY. PLUS: FIELD TRIP TO MUSEUM IN BRYAN. TBA. Real dimension exercise. Students will visit the Brazos Valley Museum of Natural History and in teams of 3 pick a display cabinet inside the museum, measure and draw the existing cabinet, and catalogue the items displayed inside. The goal of this project is to redesign the existing display cabinet and create a full scale (full sized) new cabinet to house the same items. NOTE A.: ALL DRAWINGS, PLANS, SECTIONS, ½ “ SCALE.  FULL SCALE DETAIL DRAWINGS REQUIRED. NOTE B: A SELECT JURY WILL AWARD ($$) THE BEST STUDENT PROJECT: PROCEEDS FROM THE PUPPETHOME PROJECT PERFORMANCE WILL GO TO THE FABRICATION OF THE CABINET FOR  DONATION TO THE BRAZOS VALLEY MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY.

(Keywords: 18th century Wonder Cabinets, John Sloane’s House, Royal Geographic Society, Jules Verne) (Artist References: Damien Hirst, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-R7QvpABzSo)

Wednesday September 22 theWonderCABINETproject

Research assignment: In teams of 3 pick one internationally renowned Museum of Natural History (pick from but not limited to the following list: Smithsonian, New York Museum of Natural History, Chicago Museum of Natural History, LA,  Houston, Dallas, London, Paris, Berlin…). Students are required to study, document, and make a class presentation of their subject.

DUE WEDNESDAY SEPTEMBER 29.

WEEK 4.

Monday September 27 theWonderCABINETproject

DESK CRITS ON DISPLAY CABINET CASES.

Wednesday September 29. theWonderCABINETproject

Class presentations on research for the museums of natural history.

WEEK 5.

Monday October 4, thePUPPEThousePROJECT:

Recalling the class precedent studies of the Museum of Natural History, and with the WONDER CABINET project completed, we now will begin the final semester long project on designing, scripting,  and staging a class Puppet show at the Brazos Valley Museum of Natural History. (The remaining schedule is subject to modification depending on factors presently under development.)

Mural, Brazos Valley Museum of Natural History, Bryan TX.

Wednesday Oct 6,

WEEK 6 thePUPPEThousePROJECT

Monday October 11, the Puppet Generation Design a Cast of Puppets. Please coordinate Puppet characters and scale dimensions among the class.

Wednesday October 13 Guest Design Critic TBA. Desk Crits.

http://www.puppetsinprague.eu/instructions/technical_drawing/neck.html

WEEK 7. thePUPPEThousePROJECT

Monday October 18. the Puppet Generation, desk crits

Wednesday October 20. the Puppet Generation, final REVIEW


WEEK 8: thePUPPEThousePROJECT

Monday October 25: the Puppet Home Theater: design the stage and write the script for the story. (Stage will need to be a temporary transportable structure to be built directly in the Museum, in a designated spot.)

Wednesday October 27:

WEEK 9: thePUPPEThousePROJECT

Monday November 1. The Puppet Home Theater

Wednesday November 3. Desk Crits.

WEEK 10. thePUPPEThousePROJECT

Monday November 8. The Puppet Home Theater

Wednesday November 10.

WEEK 11. thePUPPEThousePROJECT

Monday November 15. The Puppet Home Theater

Wednesday November 17

WEEK 12. thePUPPEThousePROJECT

Monday November 22. The Puppet Home Theater

Wednesday November 24.

WEEK 13. thePUPPEThousePROJECT

Monday November 29. PRELIMINARY PROJECT REVIEWS

Wednesday December 1. FINAL REVIEW DATE TBA

References:

PETER CALLESEN

http://www.petercallesen.com/

BREAD AND PUPPET

http://breadandpuppet.org/

intro:

http://vimeo.com/4560974

history:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AHNq6U55eko

Architects for the Brazos Valley Museum of Natural History, Briarcrest Drive:

Jack Cumpton Architects and Associates, 4103 South Texas Avenue.


THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal anti-discrimination statute that provides comprehensive civil rights protection for persons with disabilities.  Among other things, this legislation requires that all students with disabilities be guaranteed a learning environment that provides for reasonable accommodation of their disabilities.  If you believe you have a disability requiring an accommodation, please contact the Office of Support Services for Student with Disabilities in Room 126 of the Student Services Building.  The phone number is (979) 845-1637.

COPYRIGHTS

The handouts used in this course are copyrighted.  By “handouts,” we mean all materials generated for this class, which include but are not limited to syllabi, lab problems, in-class materials, review sheets, and additional problem sets.  Because these materials are copyrighted, you do not have the right to copy the handouts, unless the author expressly grants permission.

SCHOLASTIC DISHONESTY

As commonly defined, plagiarism consists of passing off as one’s own the ideas, work, writings, etc., which belong to another.  In accordance with this definition, you are committing plagiarism if you copy the work of another person and turn it in as your own, even if you should have the permission that person.  Plagiarism is one of the worst academic sins, for the plagiarist destroys the trust among colleagues without which research cannot be safely communicated.  If you have question regarding plagiarism, please consult the latest issue of the Texas A&M University Student Rules, under the section “Scholastic Dishonesty.”

GRADE APPEALS

Students should know that there is a Department of Architecture “Grade Appeal Process” should it be necessary to contest the grade given in this course.  Please contact the department office in the event that you want to initiate the process.

PERFORMANCE EVALUATION: missing more then 3 studio classes may result in a letter grade drop. All absences must be justified. Fulfilling all assigned projects is not sufficient in and of itself to receive an above average grade.  The student must demonstrate evidence of extraordinary academic and creative commitment to receive the highest grade. Other factors may bear on the grade, such as class participation, group leadership, collective participation and class preparedness.

GRADING:

TheMeProject grade percentage: 10%

TheBoneProject grade percentage: 15%

The WonderCabinetProject grade percentage: 15%

ThePuppetHomeProject grade percentage: 30%

ThePuppetHomeProject Blogging-writing grade percentage: 20%

Class participation grade percentage: 10

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