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Swanson, Joel Eric Assistant Professor

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  • Words are power(ful); my artwork illuminates the subtle but potent ways that language influences the way we perceive the world. From alphabetization to text encodings, I explore the structures and technological protocols that shape us through norms and standards. My medium is language, but my artwork takes many forms from large neon installations to digital works that exist online. Through dimensionality, repetition, and decontextualization my work makes the familiar unfamiliar and the ordinary strange; I want my artwork to make people perceive language and its influence from new and unorthodox perspectives.

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  • art, text art, language, conceptual art, digital art, technology, technology studies, typography, design, creative technology, creative coding

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  • ATLS 1300 - Computational Foundations 1
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2019
    Instructs non-computer science students in analyzing problems and synthesizing programs for the solution,emphasizing good engineering practices for program construction, documentation, testing, and debugging. Uses Java for programming projects. Formerly ATLS 2010.
  • ATLS 3000 - Code
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018
  • ATLS 4130 - Typography
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2018 / Fall 2019 / Fall 2020
    This course is an advanced investigation of typography for visual communication and expression. Emphasis is placed on the analysis of meaning as conveyed through materials, technology, and design. Projects are experimental and are designed to challenge you to expand your understanding of the function of typography in communication, design, art, and culture. Same as ATLS 5130.
  • ATLS 4519 - Advanced Special Topics in Technology, Arts, and Media
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2018 / Spring 2021
    Analyzes special interest areas of multidisciplinary technology, arts and media research and practice. May be repeated up to 32 total credit hours.
  • ATLS 5130 - Typography
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2018
    This course is an advanced investigation of typography for visual communication and expression. Emphasis is placed on the analysis of meaning as conveyed through materials, technology, and design. Projects are experimental and are designed to challenge you to expand your understanding of the function of typography in communication, design, art, and culture. Same as ATLS 4130.
  • ATLS 5410 - Creative Technologies
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2021
    This course gives students hands-on exposure to a wide range of technologies, including 3D printing, laser cutting, microcontrollers, sensors and programming. Through rapid prototyping and problem solving, students gain technical fluency and competence while identifying technology skills they wish to develop further.
  • ATLS 5430 - Design Methods
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2020
    In this course, students will learn to develop sense-making techniques as designers. This includes framing and structuring design research, making representations to generate insights, as well as documenting and communicating processes and outcomes. The class is structured around weekly discussions and activities anchored in real-world design challenges; and it will also offer tutorials on key design skills such as rapid prototyping and visual communication.
  • ATLS 5519 - Advanced Special Topics in Technology, Arts, and Media
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2019 / Fall 2019 / Spring 2021
    Analyzes special interest areas of multidisciplinary technology, arts and media research and practice. May be repeated up to 9 total credit hours for different topics.

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