Week 10: Prototype Presentation

[Kuuki’s e. Menura supurba]

Week 10’s presentation of prototypes provides an opportunity to test your ideas into physical form, and to solicit response and feedback from an informed audience. Bearing in mind: one of the key concepts explored is interaction in terms of audience experience. You should be testing and examining this central idea in the prototype presentation.

There will be no scheduled lecture this week.

A successful prototype should be able to give the audience a substantial idea about the intended work. The central concept of the work should be evident. It would have tested several aspects of the idea, particularly the one that is deemed most problematic or difficult (this can be technical as well as conceptual). For example, this can be working with electronic components, testing functions of hardware, assessing the physical setup of the installation, determining the suitability of materials. Or this may be evaluating whether the central idea comes across in the work. For example, does the work invite audience to participate?

I would advise you to present the workable structure or mechanism that demonstrates how the piece will work in combination with some partial content. The presentation should demonstrate how the audience may experience the work.

Physical setup and install

Set up your prototype in Black Box 1, Black Box 2, or the class rooms. For this presentation, spaces will not be allocated, instead choose a location that will suit your work (you may need to negotiate with your peers).

If you need equipment such as projectors, screens, monitors, plinths, lights etc., please arrange a loan with Glenn. We will have a laptop/projector/screen in the class room for those who need to show their research or screen works.

We will allow the lecture time (1.30 – 2.30) for your install.

Prototype presentation

Your prototype will demonstrate the following:

  • How the work functions
  • How the work engages the audience
  • What kind of experiences will the object/ work engender?

Take the opportunity to:

  • observe how the audience interact and respond to your prototype
  • ask your audience useful questions (e.g. What is your first impression of the object? Do you feel you need encouragement/ permission to interact with the object? How would you describe your experience? etc.)
  • document (photograph) your prototype in-situ

Your prototype presentation should:

  • give your feedback on the relevance of the ideas explored (e.g. does your idea need to be further explored in terms of wonderment? or is more research appropriate?)
  • give your feedback on execution (e.g. are the chosen materials suitable? are there better ways to achieve the outcomes?)
  • test whether the delivery of your concept through your chosen form is achievable (e.g. is more testing needed?)
  • help you identify problem areas (both technical and conceptual)
  • help you plan how to execute the final work (i.e. a production schedule)

Most of all, be generous to your peers by participating in the critique session: help test their prototypes, offer constructive and honest feedback, ask questions!

Here are some documentation of the prototype presentation from the MEDA202 class of 2013 where the students tested out their prototypes on the class.

[Angus Pinkstone’s prototype]

A general idea of what the finished product will look like.
[Adam Old’s sketch: A general idea of what the finished product will look like.]

Electro-Mechanic Turntable
[Lavender Lily’s prototype: The prototype for the ‘Electro-Mechanic Turntable’]

Critical reflection (due week 11)

Your critical reflection will address the following:

  • What are the outcomes of your prototype?
  • What work well?
  • What are the short-falls?
  • What needs to be done?

You may include plans for improving or altering the works for final presentation.

Consider the assessment criteria:

Assessment Criteria:
Research engagement and application of relevant materials evident in the prototype presented
What is the degree of of critical engagement with relevant contextual frameworks? How has research materials been applied to the development of the prototype?

Criticality of response to the set theme
How critical is the exploration of the theme and project parameters? What is the relationship between the conceptual development and practical problem-solving in the creation of the prototype?

Exploration and experimentation with objects, material and media
What is the quality of experimentation with objects, material, and technology? How well does the development of the prototype demonstrate a sensitivity to materials? How does this practical development of the project relate its conceptual exploration?

Execution of the prototype in terms of functionality and how audience experience is addressed
How well does the prototype function as a proof of concept? Does it test several aspects of the idea (particularly ones that are deemed the most problematic)? Does it present ways on how the work will be completed? To what degree does it demonstrate engagement with an audience?

Please refer to the project outline for details.

1. Document your prototype presentation
2. Submit submit a critical reflection on the processes and outcomes of the work as a blog post (750 words, include images) on your blog and post a comment to week 11’s workshop entry.

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