LEAH BUECHLEY is an Associate Professor at the MIT Media Lab where she directs the High-Low Tech research group. The High-Low Tech group explores the integration of high and low technology from cultural, material, and practical perspectives, with the goal of engaging diverse groups of people in developing their own technologies. She is a well-known expert in the field of electronic textiles (e-textiles), and her work in this area includes developing the LilyPad Arduino toolkit. Her research was the recipient of a 2011 NSF CAREER award and has been featured in numerous articles in publications including the New York Times, Boston Globe, Popular Science, and the Taipei Times. She received PhD and MS degrees in computer science from the University of Colorado at Boulder and a BA in physics from Skidmore College.
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.
This lecture is co-hosted by The wats:ON? Festival and CMU HCII Human Computer Interaction Institute, with support from :
CMU College of Fine Arts
The Frank-Ratchye STUDIO for Creative Inquiry
CMU School of Architecture
Special thanks to:
Dan Martin, Dean, College of Fine Arts
Golan Levin, Director, The Frank- Ratchye 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