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TRANSFORMER – Pablo Garcia and Spike Wolff, Festival Curators
Physical laws dictate that something cannot be made from nothing. In the 21st century, however, 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 never seen before–right before your eyes.


The wats:ON? Festival is made possible by the generous support of the JILL WATSON FAMILY FOUNDATION.

Principal sponsorship provided by:
CMU College of Fine Arts
STUDIO for Creative Inquiry
CMU School of Architecture

Special thanks to:
Dan Martin, Dean, College of Fine Arts
Golan Levin, Director, STUDIO for Creative Inquiry
John Carson, Head, School of Art
Stephen Lee, Head, School of Architecture

Additional support and past collaborations include:
CMU ETC Entertainment Technology Center
CMU HCII Human Computer Interaction Institute
CMU School of Art
Carnegie Museum of Art

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