Computer-aided exhibition highlights work of CEWiT faculty and student alliance members

By Anna Viterisi

Thursday, April 11, 2013

The Ivy Tech John Waldron Arts Center is now showing Save As…, a computer-aided exhibition curated by Payson Mcnett, fine arts shop coordinator for Indiana University, with the help of Nicole Jacquard, assistant professor of jewelry, metalsmithing and sculpture at IU. The exhibit features the work of fifteen professionals, including several CEWiT faculty and student alliance members.

All the work in the exhibit utilizes technical tools in the creation process, ranging from Arduino microcontrollers to 3D printing. Save As… demonstrates the possibilities of interlacing technology with a variety of educational fields.

“I want the public to take away from the exhibit that there is a creative side to the hard sciences,” stated Jacquard, a CEWiT faculty member.

Jacquard used rapid prototyping and 3D printing to construct the two tea cups she contributed to the exhibit. The tea cups are part of her current work with identifying sentiments and resonance people place with ordinary items. To Jacquard, the tea cups symbolize objects that hold memories from her childhood.

Another CEWiT faculty member whose work is featured at the Save As… exhibition is Selma Sabanovic, assistant professor in the School of Informatics and Computing. Sabanovic, along with colleagues Casey Bennett, Christopher Myles, Marlena Fraune and Katherine Shaw, are showing a robot known as MiRAE (Minimalist Robot for Affective Expression). When creating the project, Sabanovic and her team followed a minimalist design philosophy to enable reproduction of the robot.

“The exhibit is more about the process of making the robot rather than the robot itself,” explained Sabanovic. “Technology usually seems unapproachable, but I want viewers of the MiRAE to see that they can play with technology in a social setting.”

Visitors to the exhibit can interact with MiRAE and view the materials used in developing the robot’s design.

Sophia Bender, with her work in e-textiles, represents the student alliance. Bender is pursuing a doctoral degree in Learning Sciences in the School of Education at IU.

“I want young women to see that there is more than one way to approach electronics,” stated Bender. “I hope viewers of the exhibit will expand their horizon and, of course, have fun interacting with the e-textiles.”

The exhibition runs from Friday, April 4, to Monday, April 28. For more information, visit: http://www.ivytech.edu/bloomington/waldron/