Throughout its history, the modern
city has been constituted by overlapping, intermixing realities across
built form and imagined space, individual experience and collective
memory, embodied sensation and digital mediation. Often, these multiple
realities are invisible or illegible, with certain narratives dominating particular environments. However, realities always leave traces-across
film, music, design, literature, and the practices of everyday life-to
be excavated and reconstructed. The Mixed-Reality City is an exploratory research seminar and workshop in which students pursue studies of the
dream lives of cities through means and methods emerging in the digital
arts and humanities.
Note: Humanities Studios are project-based
courses designed to foster translational thinking. They combine in-depth research, design thinking, and hands-on training with digital tools and media in an environment that involves sustained cross-disciplinary
teamwork. At once practical and experimental, Humanities Studio courses
renew the relevance of the critical and narrative tools of the arts and
sciences for a world in which technology is a means of inquiry.