Welcome, and congratulations on your admission to the Interactive Telecommunications Program at Tisch. Before we begin your classes, we feel its an important part of your orientation to visit the original school site to get a sense of where it all began. Luckily for us, the 721 Broadway site has been preserved by the alumni to resemble how it might have looked to students back in the 2000s. We begin our tour in the Tisch Lobby.
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As you approach the front desk, many of you will be used to your face being recognized by a Greet-O-Bot. Back in the time of , a human would ask you to hold up your ID card.
Walk towards the elevator. Remember that this lift is not voice-activated and you will need to press the ‘up’ button. Once the lift arrives, you will hear a soft <lift ding>
Press the ‘4’ button to go to the ITP floor. Humans wasted a lot of time pressing buttons and telling machines what to do back then.
As the lift arrives on the floor, you will be greeted by a heavy silence. On your right, you will see the frozen remains of a plant that snaked across the windows and covered it with its majestic splendor. This cold empty space was once a welcoming entrance for all students.
Walk towards the wall in front of you.
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In front of this wall used to sit Anna. Before the Admin-O-Bots were created, humans used to be responsible for making sure the place ran smoothly. Faced with this tough job, Anna would find her center in her music.
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Walk to the left side of Anna’s desk.
This majestic, mangled piece of machine that you see was an art installation called a “wooden Mirror” This mirror was built on wooden blocks connected to motors which made them move. Look at the floor and you might see a few broken pieces lying there. The mirror brought happiness to thousands and you can find a live hologram of its working at the Virtual Museum of Modern Art.
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As you move down the hallway, look to your left.
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This area served as a photography studio and “soft lab”, where students could work on projects involving textiles or 3d printing.
Continue down the hallway into the shop. This bustling work center was the designated area to use all manner of primitive tools, from familiar tools like laser cutters to the now outdated “wood saws” which are no longer used in today’s society. Observe what this kind of work once sounded like. Students drilling, cutting, and rummaging for tools. If this sounds loud and hectic, lets go try the kitchen. Exit the shop and walk towards the large opening to the left.
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This vast empty space was once the busy work and social center of the school. Before meals could be 3d printed directly onto edible plates, students used what is called a “kitchenette” to prepare food. The remains of this setup can be found to the far right. These small boxes were called microwaves. They could used to heat up food and liquid. The machines to the left of these produced coffee and water, which remain popular beverages to this day. Since dishes needed to be reused in those times, the machine below the counter was used to mechanically wash dishes to save the students time.
You should see a second hallway leading away from this space. Walk towards it. On your left, you will notice there are two seperate bathroom doors. In today’s world we’re used to one bathroom encompassing all of the myriad of gender identitiesl, but once upon a time, (believe it or not) people were classified ONLY as male or female, these spaces were restricted to use based on those genders.
Finally, we enter the original faculty offices, where the leaders of the community could be found. This concludes our tour today. We leave you with these from our founder, Red Burns.
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