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Jan. 27: Professionals Discuss Form, Digital Fabrication in Carnegie Mellon's "Code, Form, Space" Mini-Symposium


Eric Sloss                           

Professionals Discuss Form, Digital Fabrication in
Carnegie Mellon's "Code, Form, Space" Mini-Symposium

CFS PosterPITTSBURGH—Carnegie Mellon University will host "Code, Form, Space," a mini-symposium on generative form and digital fabrication Feb. 3-7 at various campus locations. "Code, Form, Space" brings together four practitioners refiguring the material, art, engineering and architectural worlds to present on the new frontier in design: the nearly instantaneous manufacture of objects through digital fabrication systems and algorithmic processes.
The symposium is a collaboration between the Carnegie Mellon School of Architecture's Digital Fabrication Lab and the Carnegie Mellon School of Art.
Artist C.E.B. Reas, architect Ben Pell, artist/performer Marius Watz and design collective MOS will present a series of lectures, dialogues and workshops on how code and digital fabrication are revolutionizing their crafts and changing the way we live. The events will culminate in the opening of "CODE and FORM," an exhibition of generative artworks by Reas and Watz at the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts.
Reas is a visual artist focusing in networks. He writes software machines to explore unknown artificial forms and systems, and is an associate professor and chair of the Department of Design/Media Arts at UCLA. Reas has exhibited his work internationally and in 2001 initiated Processing, an open source programming language and environment used worldwide for creating images, animation and interaction with collaborator Ben Fry.
Watz is an artist and performer working with visual abstraction through generative software systems. In 2005, he founded Generator.x, a curatorial platform for generative art and computational design that has resulted in a series of exhibitions, concerts, seminars and an influential blog. He is a lecturer at the Oslo School of Architecture and the Oslo National Academy of the Arts.
Pell is an architect and co-founder of PellOverton, an architectural research and design practice based in New York. He is a faculty member at the Yale School of Architecture, where he teaches graduate design studios and seminars, which examine ornament, display culture and digital fabrication. PellOverton was recognized with a 2008 AIA Design Award and a 2008 Young Architects Award from The Architectural League of New York.
Hilary Sample and Michael Meredith are principals in MOS, a collective which designs private houses, institutional buildings, urban strategies, research, books, installations and other projects that are less easily categorized. Sample and Meredith also teach at Yale and Harvard. MOS engages architecture as an open system of interrelated issues ranging from architectural typology, digital methodologies, sustainability, structure, fabrication, materiality, tactility and use, as well as larger networks of the social, cultural and environmental.
Reas and Watz will give short presentations on digital fabrication, rule-based systems and the use of computer programming in their respective practices from 5 to 6 p.m., Feb. 3 in McConomy Auditorium in the University Center on the Carnegie Mellon campus. Reas and Watz will demonstrate their digital fabrication processes and share tips and techniques on generating physical forms from code from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m., Feb. 4 in the College of Fine Arts, room 317. A luncheon and discussion will follow the workshop from noon to 1 p.m. in Margaret Morrison 203, where Pell and co-hosts Jeremy Ficca and Golan Levin, both professors at Carnegie Mellon, will join the conversation.
Pell will give a lecture on the intersection of contemporary ornament, display culture and digital fabrication from 5 to 6 p.m., Feb. 4 in the Giant Eagle Auditorium in Carnegie Mellon's Baker Hall. MOS partners Meredith and Sample will present a lecture on innovative projects made through digital craft, including a prizewinning 9/11 memorial and a generative rug system, from 5 to 6 p.m., Feb. 5 in the Giant Eagle Auditorium. The "CODE and FORM" exhibition opening will be held from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., Feb. 7 at the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts at 6300 Fifth Avenue. The exhibition will run through April 19.
For more information on "Code, Form, Space" or its presenters and events, please contact Eric Sloss at or 412-268-5765.