Emerging Technology in Creative and Critical Practice

Applications and Implications: 3D Printing and Design
J. Irwin Miller Architectural Program
School of Art, Architecture + Design, Indiana University

Applications + Implications focused on the transformative power of innovations in 3D printing and fabrication through experimentation with new materials and methods, though the implementation of different business models that expand economic opportunities, and through the integration of experimental production and materials leading to new forms of design.

 Digital fabrication technologies are increasingly integrated across subjects in elementary, secondary, and higher education. In general, focus on the potentials of these technologies has mainly been on the support to STEM oriented learning goals. In art education a new generation of artists are fusing the precision and flexibility of computing and digital fabrication with the skill and tactility of the master artisan to create new and unexpected works that transcend traditional art disciplines.

While shepherding these digital techniques into tangible form is significant, it is important to be able to articulate its value within an educational setting. This workshop focused on emerging technologies in creative and critical practice: how do we move from technique-driven instruction to idea-drive instruction in digital fabrication education? Furthermore, how does the use of emerging technologies inform contemporary art practice? And can theory, practice, and methodology of contemporary art making guide and influence how we teach digital fabrication?

Below is a copy of the presentation that was given during the workshop: