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Invent, script and execute a generative system. A successful system is one that prescribes elements, processes and/or form to produce a result. Your system need not be complicated.

Consider the readings and lecture when forming your system. Most relevant are themes of concept, algorithm, indeterminacy, randomness, automation, order and serendipity.

Your end product may take any form. The end product (medium, format and size) will likely be built into the system you create. For example, your system may be to crop pages from library books into 6”x9” pages and rebind them. This system predetermines that a book will be made at those dimensions. If your system does not dictate a format, it is up to you to disseminate your findings in a clear and engaging form.

This is a one week project. Spend as much time as possible forming your system. It is essential that you have your system written down and are able to articulate it clearly. Initiate and complete the project by next class.

Goals
* To prioritize concept over end form
* To see what unexpected form results from rules, directions or constraints
* To create a finished work in a very short amount of time

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The goal of this in-class assignment is to ‘eliminate the subjective viewpoint of the author’ by making work using the following generative system. The system should lead to unexpected images.

Take a walk lasting one hour.
1. For the first 15 minutes:
Photograph every piece of litter or trash you come across. The litter should take up the majority of the frame. Do not touch the item (turn it over, etc.). You are all making simple documents of litter.
2. For the next 15 minutes:
With your lens fully zoomed, point your camera to your left at a consistent interval (about a minute) and take a picture. Hold the camera at your waist and do not look through the camera lens. Time your pictures to the chorus of a song you can sing, to a phone timer or something else. You may not end up with 15 pictures.
3. For the next 15 minutes:
Photograph any circle you see.
4. For the next 15 minutes:
Photograph any solid color that has not been printed on and is larger than one foot squared. Here you are collecting colors from the environment more than taking good pictures.

Upload your favorite photograph with the reasons why it’s your favorite in a new post and attach it to assignment 5.

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B The end of the printed Encyclopedia

Schedule

* Lecture by Tom Ockerse in auditorium
* Review book models
* InDesign tour of Master Pages, Styles
* Review “collected book” documentation

Present your book model to the class. What influenced the decisions that you made. Make specific mentions of content when appropriate. What are the parts, and how do they connect
to form a consistent grammar? Also consider discussing what the advantages are of your structure versus other options?

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Come into class with a working design for one occupation. Remember you are creating a system that will be applied to every single occupation within the book. Your system dictates how all occupations will ‘act’. How will one occupation display similarly or differently than the others. How does your design create order, but allow for visual variety?

Look for ways to extend the “grammar” of the book model into the 2D space. The structural decisions you’ve made for the outside should eventually connect to the inside.

A pdf for next week is fine, although you should be printing on your own to hone the design.

Meet in the auditorium at 11:20a for the lecture

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