Creative Communities - BC Library Conference 2015
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Friday, May 22 • 9:00am - 9:45am
F06 - Between Visual Arts and English: The Digital Fabrication Lab at UVic LIMITED

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A quick scan of digital fabrication research across the academy suggests that computer-aided manufacturing (CAM) is most common in mechanical engineering, architecture, design, and urban planning departments (Goertz and Morgan 2014). For two examples among many, consider Taubman College's Digital Fab Lab at the University of Michigan and the John H. Daniels Faculty Fab Lab at the University of Toronto. Inspired by Neil Gershenfeld's groundbreaking work at MIT, digital fabrication appeals to practitioners in these fields because it tightens the loop between model and prototype, code and material, concept and object. It also allows those practitioners to better anticipate surprises, reduce error and waste, and rapidly test their ideas before projects are delivered for small- or large-batch production. But, aside from a few recent publications (e.g., Elliott et al. 2012 and Kee 2014), very little attention has been paid to the relevance of CAM techniques to scholarly communication in the arts and humanities. This talk will unpack that relevance, with a focus on a new space at the University of Victoria: the Digital Fabrication Lab (a collaboration between Visual Arts and English).


Jentery Sayers

Jentery Sayers is Assistant Professor of English, as well as Director of the Maker Lab in the Humanities, at the University of Victoria. His work has appeared in American Literature; e-Media Studies; Digital Studies/Le champ numérique; The Victorian Review; New American Notes Online... Read More →


Friday May 22, 2015 9:00am - 9:45am PDT
Sheraton Vancouver Airport Hotel, Westminster Ballroom 1 7551 Westminster Highway, Richmond, BC
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