2009 TWTA Winner: Ipek Tureli

Use of Multimedia 2009

Instructor: Prof. Ipek Tureli
Course: HIAA 1890F: From Worlds in Miniature to Miniature Worlds: Theming and Virtuality

Interview with Prof. Tureli:

Description: This seminar surveyed spaces of consumption that are organized around themes such as theme parks. Miniaturization, in particular, is a prevalent spatial strategy used in themed environments that range in form from historical quarters of cities that are reconfigured as miniature museum-cities to the culturally-themed hyperreal representations that emerge in multi-user virtual environments such as Second Life. What are the different kinds of experience these spaces offer to visitors immersed in their exhibitions? What are the appeals of themed environments and virtual reality technologies they employ? Posing such questions, this seminar explored theming and virtuality both historically and globally.

What students said about the course:

This incredibly ambitious class challenged students to respond to ideas of “themed” spaces with a documentary video project and extensive use of web spaces to foster on-going critical conversations… Additionally, Tureli’s dedication to a class blog, where progress on the documentaries could be noted and ideas solicited made this a model class for technology in higher education.

Prof. Tureli’s comments:

The course examined themed and virtual environments with a global and historical perspective. The students chose local themed sites and analyzed them using ethnography and documentary film. They attained a higher level of understanding of the course material via this creative application.