Lecturers to discuss role of technology in art

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Lecturers to discuss role of technology in art

Andy Cavatorta (left) and Behnaz Farahi will each present keynote lectures at the Mid-American College Art Association Conference Oct. 4-5.
Andy Cavatorta, left, and Behnaz Farahi, right, will each present keynote lectures at the Mid-American College Art Association Conference Oct. 4-5.

Hosted by the School of Art, Art History and Design, this 2018 Mid-America College Art Association Conference will feature two free, open-to-the-public artist lectures examining the intersection of art and technology. The first lecture is 5:30 p.m. Oct. 4 at the Embassy Suites Hotel, 1040 P St.

The theme of the lectures, “Techne Expanding: Tensions, Terrains and Tools,” will explore wide-ranging interpretations of technology and its use and impact on the teaching, making and performing of art, as well as the broader human experience.

Keynote speakers include:

Behnaz Farahi

  • 5:30 p.m., Oct. 4 at Embassy Suites Hotel, 1040 P St

How can material in the environment foster new empathetic interactions with users? What if matter could detect people’s physical movement and emotional states, and respond accordingly? Illustrated with a series of experiments, prototypes and interventions inspired by natural systems, this presentation will address emotive material interfaces that respond to the behavior of the human body and its emotions through the implementation of emerging technologies.

Farahi is a designer and creative technologist based in Los Angeles and working at the intersection of fashion, architecture and interaction design. Trained as an architect and specializing in 3-D printing and physical computing, her ultimate goal is to enhance the relationship between human beings and their environment by following morphological and behavioral principles inspired by natural systems.

Farahi is a recipient of a number of prestigious awards, including the 2016 World Technology Design Award and the 2016 Innovation By Design Fast Company Design Award. Her work has been featured on various television channels, including the BBC and CNN, and in leading journals and newspapers, such as Wired and The Guardian. She is currently an Annenberg Fellow and is completing her Ph.D. in Interdisciplinary Media Arts and Practice at the USC School of Cinematic Arts.

See more of her work.

Andy Cavatorta

  • 5:30 p.m., Oct. 5 at Embassy Suites Hotel,

Cavatorta is an artist and researcher working with physical sound and robotics. His work explores technologically mediated emotions, opportunities to express the previously inexpressible, and how we make meaning with sound. This work is entirely new, but also part of a centuries-long tradition of exploring the artistic possibilities opened by every new technological or scientific development.

His talk is about the surprising history of music and technology, his own work, the pleasures and perils of working in unexplored spaces, and the importance of fake rules.

Cavatorta is a graduate of the MIT Media Lab. He is the recipient of the Lincoln Prize. His recent collaborations include Björk and Matthew Herbert. His recent exhibits include Museum of Modern Art, TED, Royal Opera House and short documentaries by National Geographic, Vice and Stella Artois.

Learn more about his work.

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