I ❤ NY
Thanks to our Media Architecture Dual Master’s Degree at the Bauhaus-Universität Weimar and the University at Buffalo, State University of New York, I am currently staying in Western New York for an academic teaching staff exchange. While Mark Shepard (artist and architect whose work addresses contemporary entanglements of technology and urban life) is visiting Weimar and teaching at the Bauhaus-Universität, I am humbled and thrilled to take his place here at SUNY UB for the fall term.
I am teaching two courses, one in the Faculty of Architecture / School of Architecture and Planning called “Überblick”: this course is embracing the superficial and trying to give an excessive overview about existing tools and technologies, from geolocation to microcontrollers, from git to Kinect, from soldering hardware to writing genetic software. One day we were looking at 18 programming languages in less than one hour. No kidding! But so far I feel this experiment is quite successful in revealing the greater structures behind technologies seeming overly complex to anyone who’s not a supernerd.
The Media-Architecture program is not about the Architecture of Media, it’s about Architecture _and_ media, thus an interdisciplinary study somewhere between architecture, media arts, public space, urban art and possibly even sociology and ethnology. Obtaining the Master’s degree requires staying one year here in Buffalo and a second year in Weimar.
I am so glad to have come here, the people are so nice and welcoming and Western New York and the Buffalo/Niagara Region are really beautiful, esp. in the fall. And it’s certainly very interesting from an academic point of view: There are many things that I learned and which I will hopefully be able to apply back in Germany.
* Mark Shepard
* Media Architecture, Bauhaus-Universität Weimar
* CAST (Center for Architecture and Situated Technologies), University at Buffalo
* DMS (Department of Media Study), University at Buffalo