The Master in Advanced Interaction (MAI) is a unique opportunity for Designers, Visual and Performing Artists, Choreographers, Dancers, Architects, Interaction Designers, VJs and DJs, Sound Artists, Scenographers, and profiles from related backgrounds to explore creative uses of technology for experimental and practical purposes.
The course is aimed at developing and exhibiting projects which define meaningful interaction through novel technological solutions, performances and installations. The ambition of these projects go well beyond digital media and are communicated through software and hardware development, solid theoretical foundations, and prototypes completed in IaaC’s digital fabrication laboratory. The theoretical basis of the course is to question how current technology can augment the agency and impact of all kinds of interactions around us.
Our learning-by-doing research integrates methods used in design, programming, and social sciences to produce projects prototypes and products that will define the outer limits of what is possible to do imaginatively with technology today. Wearables, artificial intelligence, human-machine interaction and augmented environments are some of the key topics which form the agenda of the Master of Advanced Interaction. Students who attend the Master in Advanced Interaction join an international group, including faculty members, researchers, and lecturers investigating critical issues facing modern society with the aim of developing the skills necessary to implement practical solutions in diverse professional environments.
The Master in Advanced Interaction (MAI) is a 9 months program accredited by the Universidad Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC) with 75 ECTS. The MAI program is directed by Klaus Obermaier and Luis Fraguada.
CONTEXT AND AGENDA
The Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia has evolved from an institution for questioning architecture and territory, to a place where new architectures are conceived. There is a space between the built environment, the territories we inhabit, and the technology we confront, that nowadays needs to be addressed. Therefore, after the successful pilot-program in 2008, the Institute officially launches the Master in Advanced Interaction, as a natural evolution of the domains it is looking to further explore.
Today we communicate and interact with smart devices, physical and virtual environments, the Internet of Things. User-generated content mixes with professional contributions. In our Age of Participation, mostly driven by social media and gaming but also by interactive arts and performances, passive recipients turn into active participants, becoming creative players. Interactive environments go beyond the passive reception by creating an immersive, communicative and social experience.
All fields of study and practice require the skills to make meaningful use of available and forthcoming technologies. This is mainly due to the increased adoption of technology in our daily lives. Data and Information now encompass a sort of Metadata Layer which crosses all aspects of our existence.
The Master in Advanced Interaction questions the limits of this contemporary technological phenomena and prepares candidates to be the key actors capable of making connections between disciplines where none were possible or even considered before.
The Master in Advanced Interaction is organized around three terms, each including a Research Studio and a series of Seminars and related events.
The Research Studios are the main part of the program: they focus on building technical, aesthetic and conceptual skills by working on real-life situations. Seminar sessions are designed to transmit specific domains of knowledge from relevant experts involved in practice and academia.
Throughout the academic year, we invite artists and practitioners in interaction arts and related fields to talk about their work. While the primary activities of the course are in Barcelona, Spain, we look to international events to form part of our discourse and inspiration.
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With 7 day access to the IAAC Studio working space and its prototypes fabrication lab, students have the opportunity to be part of a highly international group, including faculty members, researchers, and lecturers, in which they are encouraged to develop collective decision-making processes and materialize their project ideas.
The aim of the Institute is to form graduates who, after the completion of the program, will be able to develop their acquired skills in a diversity of professional environments.
The Master in Advanced Interaction comprises the following elements:
- Interactive Studio IS
- Interaction Tools and Methods IT
- Physical Computing PC
- Applied Theory AP
- Lecture Series LS
- Research Trip RT
The program is organized into four phases, including a final exhibition:
- Phase 1: Introductory Studio and Seminars (20 ECTS credits)
- Phase 2: Research Studio and Seminars (19 ECTS credits)
- Phase 3: Research Studio and Seminars (19 ECTS credits)
- Phase 4: Final Exhibition
- Lecture Series (throughout the year) (2 ECTS credits).
The body of the students of this Master Program will be multi-disciplinary. The program is aimed at Professionals and Graduate Students of any design-related discipline (Architects, Designers, Interior Designers, Engineers, Software Developers).
BOOT CAMP (2 ECTS CREDITS)
The Advanced Interaction Boot Camp is a one week workshop in IAAC’s Valldaura Labs.
For one week, we will address the ambitions of the program and the new candidates through a series of discussions, presentations, technical sessions, and projects making full use of this unique location.
Master in Advanced Interaction (MAI), is oriented to Designers, Visual and Performing Artists, Choreographers, Dancers, Architects, Interaction Designers, VJs and DJs, Sound Artists, Scenographers, and profiles from related backgrounds wishing to move to Barcelona and to develop their design research skills exploring creative uses of technology for experimental and practical purposes.
Candidates for the Master of Advanced Interaction have a deep curiosity to explore the creative limits afforded by current technologies, have prior academic or professional experience with interactive arts and a desire to combine this experience.
Once successfully finished the master, IAAC students will join the IAAC Alumni Community. This is today is an active and dynamic network of visionary professionals distributed around the world, promoting principles and applications of Advanced Architecture, exploring new academic and research initiatives, leading award-winning practices or working for internationally acclaimed firms and institutions.
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Last updated January 12, 2018