Schedule DMA Winter 2024

DESMA 160: VIBRATIONS MATTER

Professor Victoria Vesna, PhD
TA: Sagan Yee (saganyee@ucla.edu)
Tuesday / Thursday, 2-4:50pm
Broad 4220 + vibration lab (chemistry)

Office hours:
Sagan - Monday 2 PM (flexible, by e-mail appointment)

 

Class site: https://vibrationmatters.artscinow.org
Zoom link: https://ucla.zoom.us/my/victoriavesna?omn=95431730677

 

SYLLABUS

WEEK 1

Jan 9

Introduction to class

Login and introduce yourself
Assignment: buy a simple notebook 

 

Review:
Nikola Tesla LINK
Cymatics LINK

 

Jan 11

Visit to the Vibration Lab, Department of Chemistry

Guests:

Dillon Bastan

David Roy

ASSIGNMENT: 

BLOG: Posts should be minimum 500 words. The post can be about ideas, inspiration, research, takeaways from the class and reflection, or a mini-essay about something related to sound or art that you discovered recently. You can also write about your own personal work if it's relevant to class interests, such as music hobbies or fabrication experiments. Refer to your physical journal notes,  You are encouraged to include links of media in your posts -- any additional research articles, video and / or audio.

VIEW:
General optics educational videos: https://www.youtube.com/@edmundscientific9814/videos
Polarization tape art: https://youtu.be/oncIfm_g9YQ
Polarization theory (different volumes of corn syrup instead of different thicknesses of tape): https://youtu.be/88w-3eExqe4
Gummy bear demo: https://youtu.be/VwNKPgo3oxA

 

WEEK 2

Jan 16: ​Broad Arts 4240

LASER HARP (materials)

Introduction to ALMS lab team Advanced Light Microscopy and Spectroscopy lab: Laurent Bentolila and Hayley Marks.

Jan 18: ALMS Lab, CNSI

Meet in front of Broad and walk together to ALMS lab for demo + hands on workshop with Hayley Marks
 

WEEK 3

Jan 23

Meet in front of Broad and walk together to Plasma Physics Lab– Dr. Walter Gekelman 
https://plasma.physics.ucla.edu

 

Jan 25

Guest: Toni Dove – talk & workshop

Contact microphone

https://tonidove.com

 

WEEK 4

Jan 30

Breaking into groups – topics – ideation

Feb 1

Working

Feb 3

Ivana Dama: From Zero to Infinity: Otto Piene, Zero Group, and Their Legacy on Today's Art

Online lecture for extra credit; see link above for event details

 

WEEK 5 – MIDTERM

Proposals / prototypes work

Feb 6 

Online group formation and one-on-one advising

ZOOM LINK

 

Feb 8

2-2:30pm

2:30 -- 3:30
Talk by Patricia Olynyk (45 mins). Title: Art of Medicine: Representation, Treatment and Care.

Continue with ideation / discussion / research

WEEK 6

Feb 13
Robertina Šebjanic
Lena Lee
Aisen Caro Chaison

LINK to upload your sound / image from the North / Sound field walk
NAMING: FirstLast_breath (audio); FirstLast_photo; FirstLast_score

Feb 15

Software workshop with Costa Colachis Glass and David Roy

Audio synthesis, patches, microphone+camera inputs, mixer manipulation
Walk to Vibrations Lab after lecture for workshop component
Please bring your own fully charged laptops with the following software installed:

- PaulXStretch (https://sonosaurus.com/paulxstretch/)
- SuperCollider (https://supercollider.github.io/)
- Processing 4 (https://processing.org/download)
- Sonic Pi (https://sonic-pi.net/)

WEEK 7

Feb 20

Workshop with David Roy -- sculptural sound

Feb 22
Talk by Cristina Albu - EEG vibrations
 

WEEK 8

Feb 27
WORK session

Feb 29

WORK session

WEEK 9

March 5

Work session

March 7

Workshop: David Rothenberg

WEEK 10

March 12

FINAL exhibition in the EDA

 

March 14

FINAL CLASS MEETING

Report from groups 
FINAL to be uploaded:

PDF of all blogs (edited)
PDF with summary of project including research, documentation and roles
Blog with summary about the project