Conceived by M.Simon Levin and Laurie Long, and co-taught along with myself and Piotr Adamczyk, MMES was part of a series of experimental artworks commissioned for the new Siebel Center for Computer Science at the University of Illinois. Conceived as a “living laboratory,” the Center encouraged and supported students and researchers to integrate academic study with everyday life through the operations of the building, deploying prototype applications with the building’s inhabitants as “users.”
Our course sought to model this practice through activation of the building’s spaces, classrooms, and environs.
We’ve presented on the project at multiple venues, including the 2007 conference of the College Art Association. For a full account of the course methodology, assignments, and outcomes, see our co-authored chapter from the book Imaginary Syllabii.