NYU’s Renowned Interactive Telecommunications Program is Offering an Un-University Experience with Its Summer Camp for Adults, June 1-30
Imagine a mash-up of artist residency and summer camp for working professionals who get excited by experimentation in art, media, and technology. It’s called ITP Camp, and it is being offered again this year by the Interactive Telecommunications Program (ITP) at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. The month-long non-credit program will take place every evening and weekend in June.
For 30 years, ITP has been a hub of experimentation in art, media, and technology. Now non-students and working professionals can also be a part of this exciting program. Make stuff, hear speakers on the cutting edge, and collaborate with people from diverse disciplines. ITP Camp is designed for the participants to set the creative agenda of this hands-on experience. While no prior technical experience is required, members should be experienced, motivated, and collaborative in nature as they will be asked to share their ideas, their skills, their criticisms, and their passions with each other in small, informal groups. ITP’s facilities and extensive network will all be mobilized to help participants to realize their individual and community-wide ideas.
“The program will have a flexible structure, an un-university, that will be responsive and supportive to the group we select,” said Dan O’Sullivan, associate professor in ITP. “The structure is based on unconferences such as foocamp or barcamp, where presentations and discussions form in response to participants’ interests and projects. We will be looking for a diversity of people and ideas.”
The ITP Camp environment is expected to benefit a wide range or project interests, including sociological experiments, art installations, new advertising models, health technologies, DIY biology, cell phone games, and dance performances. This is a non-credit program and not designed for full-time students.
The sessions will reflect the interests of the participants. Campers can see the ideas for sessions starting to form on the schedule. Once registered, a camper can suggest ideas for sessions, and even schedule a session or two he or she would like to lead. Some campers will develop a fully functioning prototype. Others will come up with new ideas and start to identify tasks and acquiring skills for longer term projects. Because ITP camp is for busy, working professionals, attendance is not required at every session.
ITP’s physical configuration is one of its best assets and offers a good place to casually connect with people, talk, or put on headphones and get down to work on the laptop. The space is equipped with big screens, telepresence, touch sensitive surfaces, audio toys, and a ceiling grid; an equipment room stocked with unusual cameras, projectors, and various black box gadgets. The Physical Computing Lab is great for electronics, sewing, and construction. The Post-Production Lab has computers equipped with video and audio software. We expect people to bring their own laptop to work on.
Applications for ITP Camp are reviewed by two members of the ITP faculty and staff. Admission is done on a rolling basis starting April 15. The cost is $1,600. There is a 50% discount for ITP alumni, faculty, and staff. For more detailed information, and to register, visit