08/28/2016: About this course
Introduction to Computation is a RISD course listed as IDISC-1571 and ARCH-1571. It meets during Fall 2016 on Fridays from 1:10-6:10. It is a studio course open to all majors that explores coding, algorithms, and computational ideas. Projects include rule-based drawing, parametric animation, improper-tool-making, and human-agent-computation. No experience required. Critical attention will be given to code as a body of crafted text, as well as the tension, conflict, and potential possible when computation generates, informs or interacts with drawings, materials, forms, and spaces. Canonical computational works of art and design and will be presented and assigned for analysis. This course is open to students of all majors and is designed for those with little or no computation experience. A laptop is required. Priority registration will be offered to students interested in pursuing the undergraduate Computation Culture & Technology Concentration. To register email the instructor, Carl Lostritto, clostrit[ATrisdDOTedu] and indicate your major and your intentions regarding the concentration.