Research Assistant: Representing IoT data through Fiction Writing

Research Assistant: Representing IoT data through Fiction Writing

Department: School of Art + Art History + Design
Date Available: December 16, 2020 to March 15, 2021
Application Deadline: November 9, 2020

General Duties/Description:
Principal Investigator and Assistant Professor Audrey Desjardins is seeking applicants for a Research Assistant to help investigate and document an innovative approach to help home dwellers critically engage and understand the potential applications and interpretations of their own domestic data. The research seeks to defamiliarize the data by building creative representations situated in people’s own homes. To navigate the obscure and interpretable nature of IoT data, we will collaborate with artists (fiction writers) to create workflows that translate domestic data logs into data narratives in the form of short stories (which we call: Data Epics). Those short stories will capitalize on the ways people understand complex situations and concepts through narrative structures.

Candidates should have an interest in: Design research, the intersection between fiction and design, data, smart devices, and the internet of things (IoT).

 Coordinate recruitment and hiring of fiction writers
 Coordinate recruitment of people living with Internet of Things devices
 Coordinate participatory design workshop with fiction writers
 Plan and prepare content for a workshop on data in IoT for fiction writers
 Book design and fabrication

Masters students in Design or related fields. Masters of Design (MDes) students preferred.

Knowledge and skills:
Knowledge of InDesign, Illustrator
Book design and layout
High level of proficiency in spoken and written English
Ability to research and simplify how Internet of Things data work (synthesize and communicate)

Salary and benefits are competitive. Salary is commensurate with academic standing, qualifications, and experience and as governed by the negotiated labor contract.

How to Apply:
Please submit a letter of interest, CV, and portfolio via this form. This form is limited to UW NetID access, sign in with UW credentials.

Application inquiries may be made with:
Audrey Desjardins,

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