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Watch What’s Happening with Parsons in China 2010

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Check out the action from our team in China: http://a.parsons.edu/china/china2010/

The Parsons China Summer 2010 Course will mark the fourth year Parsons The New School for Design has collaborated with The Academy of Art and Design at Tsinghua University to run a one-month collaboration in Beijing, China. The course began as a summer class primarily for students in Communication, Design and Technology and has expanded to include undergraduate and graduate students from every academic discipline at Parsons.

Each year the course has focused on different creative and design practices, including the following: exhibition/installation, artistic programming, design seminars, new media/technology, fine arts and hands-on workshops. In the summer of 2006, 1 faculty along with 3 MFA Design + Technology students from Parsons along with faculty and graduate students from Tsinghua University collaborated to create the “Traveler” installation for The 3rd Millennium Dialogue, Code:Blue. The summer of 2007 saw the first full scale Parsons Tsinghua collaboration course with 1 faculty and 25 students from Parsons and 20 from Tsinghua participating in a one-month course interaction design and artistic programming with Processing and Physical Computing.

The Parsons and Tsinghua collaboration continued in 2008 with the unique opportunity to build the “1000 Cell Phones” installation for the Synthetic Times Exhibition at the National Art Museum of China. In 2009 the summer course “Input-Process-Output” collaboration included 60 students and 5 faculty from Parsons, 30 students and faculty from Tsinghua University, Nokia Research (Palo Alto/Beijing) and BBH International (NYC/Shanghai). The summer course also changed it’s format by splitting the course into 2 weeks in Beijing at Tsinghua and 2 weeks in Shanghai at eARTS with day trips to Shanghai Institute of Visual Arts and China Academy of Fine Arts in Hangzhou to introduce collaboration between the schools.

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