Unit 7: One-week assignment

Unit 7.0 — Introduction

This introduces the common phenomena of (visual) pattern: repetition and periodicity.
Observe what unfolds. Allow the possibilities to show up naturally.
Work in teams of two or three (to compare notes for quantity and quality of inquiry) throughout this one-week portion, and observe and share what you are learning.
However, each of you remains responsible for your own results from your inquiry.

Unit 7.1 — Module

Design “module” (a single unit, cell): a square divided about equally in black and white. Look at options: geometric, organic; module as system or not.
Experiment with modules to see how they operate as patterns (7.2).
Eventually select ONE module unit and only use this one module.

Unit 7.2 — Pattern

First repeat the module in a squared grid (25/5×5, or 36/6×6) to create a simple pattern. Then vary the rules for repetition and periodicity in this grid.
Make as many variations as possible to generate diversity, dynamics, and uniqueness. Unit 2.2.1 — Notation system
Develop a simple (visual) notation system to show the operating system(s) of your patterns. Use this notations system to keep track of the systems used for each pattern.

Unit 7.2.2 — Grid Options

After working with a squared grid, experiment with (systemic) grid shifts (offsetting verticals, horizontals, or angles), but retain a solid field, and avoid new shapes/modules.

Unit 7.3 — Presentation on February 26:

Make a digital presentation to include:
• studies of the module, and selection of final module (and its system);
• process of pattern studies and experiments;
• selected patterns (for diversity, interest, comparative uniqueness);
• the notation systems for each pattern (i.e., to make the “system” visible). • summary as to what was experienced, observed and learned.

Unit 7.4 — Reflective Document (due February 27 or 28):

After class review reflect on this project individually!
Write about your experiences, the phenomena you observed, and what you learned. In write your reflective insights add visual samples as needed.
Email (pdf) this to your section faculty by Friday or Saturday!
(Don’t delay this task—do it when your mind is still IN the learning process!)


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