microhabitats

week 1 | OBSERVATION: Species, Habitats & Biomes

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To facilitate our collaboration we will build archives documenting your MicroHabitat. You are expected to upload one picture per day for the whole semester–think about a concept for this. Instead of posting random food-pictures you might want to observe your habitat through a specific perspective–for example Signage and Typography; Human expression in the subway; Tiny things you find in the streets–you can use the whole city for your investigation but you can also constrain your habitat (your room, your bag, a square, a street, …)

Create a new tumblr blog with a minimal theme that only shows your pictures on a white background. Good themes are: YUKI, WICKED, LOOKBOOK and JUSTIFIED. Have your first seven pictures uploaded before next Tuesday and send me the link to your tumblr. You need to take all pictures yourself! Feel free to post more pictures using different concepts if you would like to discuss alternatives.
Here is an example of what it should look like:
http://microhabitats.tumblr.com/

Experiment 1: Storytelling
Select one object from your everyday life. It can be something in your room, at school or in public. It can be something you own since many years or you just found. Write about the habitat of this object. Study and observe its nature, its environment and think about past and future. See if you can use the terms SPECIES \ HABITATS \ BIOMES \ POPULATION \ COMMUNITIES \ ECOSYSTEMS at all when you think about this object. Take a picture of the object, write at least 200 words and create a PDF with both to be uploaded to the DRIVE folder.

Read: Environmental Psychology by Raymond De Young, pages 17-22 (stop at TRANSITIONING TO SUSTAINABLE LIVING)

Our Partners

Academy of Media Arts Cologne

Hong Kong Baptist University Hong Kong, Academy of Visual Arts

On the point: Define species, habitat, population, community, ecosystem and ecology

Organization of Life: Species, Populations, Communities, and Ecosystems

FORTY FIVE SYMBOLS magazine Issue One

tumblr themes

YUKI

WICKED

LOOKBOOK


Theo Jansen’s Strandbeest on TED and on his website


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