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ISMA 300 Social Projects and ISMA 304 Locative Media

SyllabusFile:ISMA 300.304.doc

In this combined class we will be exploring the public sphere, in both its connotation of commonly shared space and the social conviviality that engages it. Students will utilize social, digital, analog and locative media to both explore the expansive space outside the studio and the engagement of beings outside themselves. Through various projects and assignments we will create and subvert maps, develop and question community and dislocate space from place. Through re-imagining territories, performed itineraries and situated actions, we will explore how meaning can be layered onto the social and geographical space around us. Four expanded sites will be examined:

Great Northern Way Campus: Culture + Community: Social Practice and the City, Oct 25-26

Ten Fifteen Maple Fieldhouse:

False Creek:

Happy City Machine: Museum of Vancouver



Copeman, Melody M.:

Kocatepe, Erim

Yang, Sheryl

Hamouda, Hoda A.

Lopes, Lucas Q.:

Mo, Di:

Russel, Maryam[1]

Xavier, Grazielle S.:

Little, Jeff:

Sept. 10/13

1. On your blog site — post any of the research that you might have done on one or more of the expanded sites. In addition any insights or comments that you might have of any of the other student's presentations, e.g comment on works that you felt connected to.... artists that could influence some of your ideas... participatory or social strategies of engagement that you might utilize...

2. extra marks goes to anyone who volunteers for the New Forms Festival this weekend (Sept12-15)

3. Assignment #1 Due Sept. 24th

after reading James Corner's The Agency of Mapping: Speculation, Critique and Invention ( primarily page 228-240, also a copy has been left on reserve in the library) please explore an alternative way of mapping. Think through the tension between objective representation and subjective exploration. Think about the way that the data that you are interested in (Extracts) can be represented (Plottings) within your (Field). For example you may choose to make a video, slideshow presentation, a sound piece, a performance, a drawing, a walk ...

The content should explore any subject matter that engages with the broader themes or small details of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission [2] and their hearings that will be taking place in Vancouver, BC - September 18-21, 2013 or Resilience Day program at ECUAD, Friday Sept. 20.

Some resources:

History of Residential Schools:[3]

Walk for Reconciliation [4] (Celebrating a New Way Forward):

Queen Elizabeth Plaza (on W Georgia Street) to Creekside Park, from 9.00am on Sunday, September 22nd The Walk for Reconciliation is designed to transform and renew the very essence of relationships among Aboriginal peoples and all Canadians. It sounds so simple, but just the act of gathering and walking and sharing our stories can join us all in a shared commitment to creating a new way forward in our relationships with each other. Join us to help achieve far-reaching impact and to demonstrate your commitment to building better relationships to achieve resilient, sustainable communities. Walk Participants will receive wooden tiles decorated by children across BC as gifts for participation and commitment to reconciliation.

All Nations Canoe Gathering:[5] False Creek close to Science World, from 9am on Tuesday, September 17th Come out to this free event and discover a significant piece of First Nation’s culture. Watch as beautiful cedar dugout canoes paddle into False Creek from Kits Point to Science World and are welcomed in a traditional ceremony to the Coast Salish lands. More details available

Schedule of official events: [6]

ECUAD Resilience Day Program[7]

Kitsilano Reserve mapping tool[8]

Sept. 24/13

Counter Cartography Assignment # 2 — Due Oct. 8

Using online mapping platforms: Google Maps, Terraserver, Mapquest or any the other Geographical Information System (GIS) make a map of your narrative, your dérive or journey, a collection of points of interest.

You may embed images, text, sound, video or a series of links as your extracts and plottings into the online or constructed field. It can be a representation of local or international scale, yet must reveal a conceptual engagement that is interesting, compelling and offers a re-interpretation or reframing of space and place.

  • Include at least 10 waypoints [9].
  • Can be a diaristic log (yet must reveal a specific conceptual perspective).
  • Can be a collection of sightings, conversations, objects, performances (yet must reveal a specific conceptual perspective).
  • Can be a fictitious, fabricated or projected relationship between the waypoints (yet must reveal a specific conceptual perspective).

Projects shown in class:

San Francisco emotion map:[10]

Christian Nold: Bio-Mapping [11]

Oct. 1/13

Field trip to Museum of Vancouver. Charles Montgomery 9:30 (meet at class Rm 406A at 8:30 sharp)

Lessons from the emerging science of happiness can be used to fix broken cities--and lives--around the world.

Despite costing more to build, operate and occupy than almost any other built landscape in history, modern cities fail to maximize happiness.

Happy City will reveal the striking relationship between the design of our minds and the design of our cities. It will carry readers on an adventure through the streets of the world towards an idea that is surprising as it is hopeful. Doomsayers have warned that action to tackle the urgent challenges of climate change and energy scarcity will lead us into decades of hardship and sacrifice. Cities—and citizens—around the world are demonstrating the opposite: that the green city, the low-carbon city and the happy city are one and the same. This story will inspire readers to reach for it.

Charles Montgomery is a journalist, urbanist, photographer, speaker and advocate for cities and well-being. He was born in 1968, and spent his formative years in Vancouver and on a farm in North Cowichan, Vancouver Island. He has been a writer and photojournalist since 1996. His interest in people, science, myth and cities have led Charles to stories in Nunavut, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Thailand, Laos, Hong Kong, Japan, Peru, Fiji, Colombia, Vanuatu, Mexico, France, Afghanistan, the United Arab Emirates and the Solomon Islands.


Mobile Mapping Assignment #3 - Due Oct 21

Using mobile media (smart phones, GPS receivers, morse code, pirate radio) chart, construct, map or log a network of waypoints around, within, to or from or about the Great Northern Way campus site(GNW). It must have engaged, enlisted or be open to participation.

This network might manifest as an audio tour, a walk, a series of communications—texts, phone messages, video skypes, letters or pamphlets— that investigate this site or a series of sites that are associated with this place for the purpose of expressing an alternate way of navigating, questioning, experiencing or understanding "GNW".


some links from today's class:

Ping by Kate Armstrong, 2003[12]

Temporary Travel Offices, Stories in Reserve, Siting Expositions, 2009 [13]

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