Collaborative processes in the construction of digital art

Principal Investigator: Randy Illum, CONNECT Fellowship Awardee 2016

This study will be comparing how collaboration between students, and how the students represent knowledge, changes when using traditional art-making methods, such as drawing with markers, when contrasted with digital body-based art making (painting on a digital canvas by moving one’s body through physical space). This aim of this research is to compare the ways in which young learners are able to collaborate and express concepts of space through a traditional method of art making, i.e. drawing with a marker, and through an emerging method of painting which allows a student to paint through their movement in space, enable by computational sensing. The purpose of the comparison between traditional methods of art making and body-based computational art making is to find if 1) students are able to create more meaningful and productive collaborations through body-based art making, or if the computational process hinders collaboration when compared to traditional methods; 2) if students are able to better express complex notion of a space through a body-based painting process when compared to traditional methods.