SWARTE inspires STEAM workshop ideas

STEAM Workshop Ideas: Africa Atlanta 2014

The mechanisms of vision can inform technology design, and its cognitive power can make sense of symbolic orders.  Both vision and computation are very prone to abstraction, and the trick is to get them to coincide. – Marshall McCullough

“In my opinion contemporary art practices are the key to linking STEAM concepts, i.e. via abstraction. In Colonizing Abstraction: MoMA’s Inventing Abstraction the author confronts the need for cultural institutions to engage cross-cultural exchange.  My idea is to extend exhibitions like the one at MoMA or Africa Atlanta 2014 to show students how these cultural heritage artifacts and abstract artworks are relevant to their own interests and lives. During Sanford Biggers’ residency I am proposing a STEAM workshop that will consist of three stages:

  1. Pre-Production, including the use of Culturally Situated Design Tools (math) and science to simulate/create designs.
  2. Production, including the creation of art inspired by the visiting artist’s work.
  3. Installation & Exhibition, including a mobile application to enhance the student art project.”

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