Final Project

*instructions updated 6 march 2015* You can post questions about the Assignment in the reply box here. I encourage you to communicate among each other regarding questions and concerns.

BODIES-SPACES (40%)

Final Project (25% 8 April 2015 + 5% presentation of project = 30%)

PROJECT

This assignment asks you, in pairs, to critically re-articulate / re-create the experience of a space in a form of a creative (experimental!) project —a love letter, a photo essay, an augmented reality map, a documentary, a critique, a website, a zine, a subversion of its intended use, a performance, a fiction, etc. Your submission should include the creative example as well as a written component that describes what, why and how you did what you did. It should be evident to me how the space is analyzed through the project. Describe the space. Contextualize the space. Include the history of that space, the neighbourhood, the building (if there is one), the web server, etc. Which bodies are included? Which bodies are excluded? By spending time with/in it you will be able to glean who can move through it and how can they move through it. 

Document it – either through notes, photos, videos, sketches, recordings. Is there a temporal aspect? what affects it? how does it change? What bodies are in/visible? Missing? Are there animals?  Does it vary at different times of the day? How does your own body affect the space and your ways of reading the space.

In assessing your space, I will first and foremost evaluate the sophistication of your critical intent. Is your creative concept effective – i.e., does it call attention to itself?  Is the concept clever and thought provoking?  Is it memorable?  The technical skill with which you carry out the design and production of your project is secondary, but you should make a good faith effort to create something you want to present to the public. You cannot use the facilities in the department since this is not a production course, but the Learning Centre has computers and other resources that may be of help.

Your written report will consist of a 4-6 page account plus an appendixHow is this an analysis of environment? What is the basic argument you are making? How do you make this argument – visually? Through text? By association?  Through the alteration of a key detail or phrase?  Would your intended audience be able to figure it out?  What kind of cultural values and modes of analysis are you using?  You will be required to show your final product to the class.

Your written report should reference at least 5 sources (scholarly, media) with a minimum of 2 external sources that you consider to be relevant to the particular content of the project you are creating. Remember that the written component is partly a research paper to accompany the practical and applied component of the project. You may want to research particular alternative methods that have been employed by other practitioners and scholars to achieve similar ends. All collaborative essays should include a final section (1-2 paragraphs) that discusses the division of labour, the challenges and benefits of collaborative creating, writing and research. You are expected to peer-edit your essay before submitting the final document. You will be required to show your final product to the class in a 3-5 min presentation.

*If you are doing the project solo, your written report should be 2.5-4 pages. Your project should answer the same questions, however, I will take into account the amount of work one person can do as opposed to a group. I also note that work in a partnership can take more time, negotiation, etc.

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RESEARCH PAPER

For those of you not wanting to do a creative project, you have the option of writing a collaborative research paper. This paper should focus on one particular space – e.g., McCord Museum, a body, a park, your block, your apartment, cinema, coffee shop, STM station, supermarket, a web forum, etc— and the functions of that space in its access to different types of bodies and the types of ideologies it reproduces and are reproduced with/in that space. You are still expected to spend a significant amount of time with/in that space. Document it – either through notes, photos, videos, sketches, recordings. Is there a temporal aspect? what affects it? how does it change? What bodies are in/visible? Missing? Are there animals? What ideologies are invisible but embedded in the space? Does it vary at different times of the day? How does your own body affect the space and your ways of reading the space.

In assessing your space, I will first and foremost evaluate the sophistication of your critical intent. How is what you are doing an analysis of environment? What is the basic argument you are making? Include the history of that space, the neighbourhood, the building (if there is one), the web server, etc. By spending time with/in it you will be able to glean who can move through it and how can they move through it. 

As this is a research paper, you will be required to do external research (using library resources) and to utilize at least 4 sources outside the course material, and relate your paper to the course content (3 sources min.). Your paper should be formatted according to the proper guidelines for research papers and formatted in an acceptable style (MLA or APA). 9-12 pages. All essays should include a final section (1-2 paragraphs) that discusses the division of labour, the challenges and benefits of collaborative writing and research. You are expected to peer-edit your essay before submitting the final document. You will be required to show your final product to the class in a 3-5 min presentation.

*If you are doing the research paper alone, you paper should be 6-9 pages.

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Presentation

You will be required to succinctly demonstrate and describe your project to the rest of the class in a way that is suitable towards your subvert. Make this exciting! In the event that you are submitting a research paper, you will be required to deliver a brief presentation on the topic and your findings.

Presentation [1 April or 8 April 2015] (5%)


Part I Proposal (10% – 18 March 2015) *submit electronically*

Readers of your proposal want to know:

  • The questions you hope to answer
  • Your plans for answering these questions
  • That you are somewhat knowledgeable on what has already been done in this field (ideas, theories, projects)
  • How your project fits into the larger context of the above
  • Why your project needs to happen.
  • Your argument (don’t just make a list of sources).
  • Want to be left thinking, “WOW! Yes, this project needs to happen.”

Questions to Ask Yourself:

  • Is the idea relevant and timely?
  • Is the focus narrow enough?
  • Do you have sufficient sources to justify the project?
  • Is the plan doable in the proposed time frame?
  • What experience/expertise will you draw on to make this happen?
  • Will the project help you achieve your goals for the class?

You are welcome to visit the site in pairs or at different times. This is primary research. 🙂


 

PROJECT PROPOSAL

1) Write a 200-250 max. word abstract of the project.

2) Individually write ~100 words on some initial key things you have noticed in/around the space from your embodied perspective based on the class readings. Include questions you want to explore in the project that arose during your own site visit . 

3) Include some documentation of your space and a sketch of your (re)presentation of the space (this can be a drawing, a preliminary digital collage, a storyboard, etc.)

4) Include a 1/2 to 1 page outline of your corresponding paper and a bibliography.

*If you are doing the project solo, all the above is the same except your abstract can be ~150 words (250 max), and paper outline should be only about 1/2 page.


RESEARCH PAPER PROPOSAL

1) Write a 200-250 max. word abstract of the paper.

2) Individually write ~100 words on some initial key things you have noticed in/around the space from your embodied perspective based on the class readings. Include questions you want to explore in the project that arose during your own site visit .

3) 1 page outline of your paper and bibliography.

*If you are doing the research paper solo, all the above is the same except your abstract can be ~150 words (250 max), and your paper outline should be only about 1/2-3/4 pages.


coms324-paper outline rubric

coms324-project outline rubric

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