Interventions in Virtual Spaces (DA2113.01)

Ayodamola Okunseinde
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This course aims to identify and address social problems and conflicts with virtual solutions that offer futures that are self-determined, inclusive, egalitarian, and radical. Students will utilize HTML, CSS, JavaScript, and other web platforms to build interactive well researched projects that challenge social issues via the use of the internet. Students are asked to go beyond screen based websites to create web based interactions that touch on the physical, performative, and the speculative to serve social change and justice.

Ayo is an artist and interactive designer living and working in New York. He studied Visual Arts and Philosophy at Rutgers the State University of New Jersey where he earned his B.A. His works range from painting and speculative design to physically interactive works, wearable technology and explorations of Afrofuturism. Okunseinde was the co-founder and creative director of Dissident Display Studios, an award winning studio and art gallery based in Washington DC. As a collaborator with, amongst others, choreographer Maida Withers, Carmen Wong, and Yoko K., Okunseinde has created several interactive performance based works and has performed in several countries including Mexico, Finland, and Croatia. Okunseinde art residency participation includes Finland’s Invitation to Helsinki, IDEO’s Fortnight, and Eyebeam’s Creative Residency. Ayodamola (Ayo) Okunseinde holds an MFA in Design and Technology from The New School, Parsons School of Design in New York where he is currently an adjunct faculty member. Visit Ayo’s website.