Curating Curiosities

Class 0A
Oct 17, 2015

About This Session

Content curation is the process of sorting through the vast amount of content on the Web and presenting it in a meaningful and organized way around a theme. This involves sifting, sorting, arranging and publishing information. – Beth Kanter

In an age of information overload, it is paramount that we take critical attitude towards information we consume in order to filter out distractions and focus on content that is imporant for our personal and professional growth. This content may include (and is not limited to) inspiration, creative references and learning resources.

During entire course, students will be regularly asked to actively search for and curate such content and discuss their findings in class. It is expected that this curatorial approach will encourage students to develop following capabilities:

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For the next session (Oct 29) you will curate your own selection of curiosities on a given topic, and post it on this blog in a format of one blog post contain multiple (at least 5) mini stories.

  1. Choose a topic from a list below, and create a new post with that topic as the subject line.
    Add tag “inspiration” to the post.
  2. Search Internet and add an image or a video that relates to the topic, and write down a short text elaborating why you find that image (or video) interesting. Please use your own words for the text description, do not copy and paste from other sources. This is one mini-story: one image or a video, with the text description. Please do not describe in words what is already evident in images: use text description for your subjective interpretation of the work you’re presenting.
  3. Please add a new mini-story every day. Do not create new blog post for each story, but edit and update post with new content.
  4. See the stories your fellow students are doing, and comment on them.
  5. For the next session, you need to create a blog post with at least 5 mini-stories.

Please take a look at this post as an example of the format and content you are expected to create during this exercise:

Example Post For Homework 0A


Please choose a topic for your post  from the below list:

1) Future Is Now
Find examples of experiments or breakthroughs in science or technology that are taking place today, and observe their potential to change our lifestyle in close or more distant future.

2) Art-technology
Find examples of successful application of technology in visual and performance arts (sculpture, installation art, dance, theater…) and explain the ways technology contributes to aesthetic quality of the work.

3) Beautifully Ugly
Find images of buildings and spaces, without people, that cause contrasting and conflicting aesthetic and emotional sensations, and analyse where the beauty and the horror of these images come from.

4) Wish I’d Done This!

Find examples of creative work (in any field of art and design) that made you say this to yourself, and explain what makes that work so appealing to you and how it relates to the way you see your professional path evolving in future.

5) Emotional Graphics
Find examples of graphic design work (posters, logos, book or music album covers…) that make great emotional impact on you, and explain how visual elements (colors, shapes, symbols…) evoke these feeleings.

Once you select the theme, you can’t change it . Some topics are more challenging than others, which will also be taken into account when evaluating your work

Have fun!


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Do this every day. This process works the best when you repeat the action and create a habit of actively searching for inspiration, so daily activity, even 10 minutes a day is better than working on this for hours in one sitting.

Choose the same time of the day (ie. during morning coffee) for this activity.

Work fast: do not spend more than 20 minutes per mini-story. Setting a timer would be a good idea.

Students' Work