2012 Jill Watson Festival Across The Arts-School of Architecture - Carnegie Mellon University

Friday, January 20, 2012

2012 Jill Watson Festival Across The Arts

Thursday 12 - Saturday 14 April 2012

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CARNEGIE MELLON UNIVERSITY
2012 JILL WATSON FESTIVAL ACROSS THE ARTS
Thursday 12 - Saturday 14 April 2012


LEAH BUECHLEY
Director, High-Low Tech Research Group
Professor, MIT Media Lab
Lecture and Demonstration
Thu 12 Apr, evening

KEITH TERRY
Director, Crosspulse Project
Director,the International Body Music Festival
Performance and Workshop
Fri 13 Apr, evening

TRANSFORMER WORKSHOPS
including Lasersaur with Addie Wagenknecht and
Stefan Hechenberger of Nortd Labs, and
Paper Airplanes with Ben Saks
Sat 14 Apr, afternoon

TUG O’ WAR
Wade Kavanaugh and Stephen Nguyen
Present their Installation in the CFA Great Hall
Opening Reception
Sat 14 Apr, evening


TRANSFORMER - Pablo Garcia and Spike Wolff, Festival Curators

Physical laws dictate that something cannot be made from nothing. But in 21st century creativity, magic and alchemy seem commonplace. Devices in your pocket can span the world and perform wondrous feats. But art and craft have long made the impossible manifest through ingenuity, skill, perseverance and inspiration. The greatest works of art began as art supplies yet transform into masterpieces through human ingenuity.

wats:ON? 2012: TRANSFORMER looks not at cutting-edge technological magic but at amazing transformations from the most humble beginnings. A piece of paper, or cloth, or even the human body can transform into something extraordinary--right before your eyes.


History of the Festival

The Jill Watson Festival Across the Arts (wats:ON?) was created to honor the life of Jill Watson, whose interest in the arts inspired others through her work and her teaching. The festival celebrates Jill's commitment to an interdisciplinary philosophy as an artist and celebrates her accomplishments and reputation as an architect. Jill Watson was a Carnegie Mellon University alumna, adjunct faculty member in the School of Architecture and acclaimed Pittsburgh architect who died in the TWA Flight 800 plane crash on July 17, 1996.


Support

The 2012 wats:ON? Festival is made possible by the generous support of the Jill Watson Family Foundation.
Additional support provided by: the STUDIO for Creative Inquiry, CMU College of Fine Arts, and
the CMU School of Architecture.