Elise Co in DotEd: Technology as a medium for design and creative expression
September 15, 2019
Solvej Schou has just published an in-depth interview and coverage of IxD and MDP faculty Elise Co. Her extraordinary work in many classes, especially the Immersion Lab on ArtCenter’s South Campus, means we often find Elise, surrounded by students, her right hand encased in a motion-capture glove with sensors attached to the knuckles and wrist. Merging human, design and creative tech. Solvej introduces Elise ” The Interaction Design and graduate Media Design Practices (MDP) associate professor grips a pen, scribbles in a notebook and stares at the screen. It shows a swirl of color that coincides with her hand movements. The demonstration is part of the Transdisciplinary Studio (TDS) course Body Tracking, taught by Co and Interaction Design and MDP Assistant Professor Jenny Rodenhouse (MFA 15 Media Design). Rodenhouse conceived of the course and is the director of the Immersion Lab, a space with access to AR and VR technologies. In the TDS, students use hands-on prototyping to explore virtual and physical body parts, spatial interactions, sensory devices and wearables.
This creative programming is inspired by Elise’s background at MIT and her own practice. Aelob, her own design firm, has designed LED display visualizations, electronic prototypes, robotic appliances and multiscreen installations for clients such as Sony, Samsung, BMW and Pasadena’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Their prototype for BMW imagining the interior of a future autonomous vehicle was displayed at the consumer technology trade show CES in 2016. For Sony, they built prototypes of a hand crank–powered camera for kids. More from Solvej’s article
All photos by Juan Posada
Student wearing a motion-capture glove in the Spring 2019 Transdisciplinary Studio (TDS) course Body Tracking, taught by Interaction Design and graduate Media Design Practices (MDP) Associate Professor Elise Co and Interaction Design and MDP Assistant Professor Jenny Rodenhouse (MFA 15 Media Design). Rodenhouse conceived of the course.