Panel: Creative Technologies Beyond the Screen

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While always a component of digital innovation, the pace at which creative technologies are extending beyond the screen-based world is accelerating, impacting design, fashion, performance, and production. This panel will explore how novel software and hardware, including advanced robotics, manufacturing technologies, projection, sensing, AI, and mixed realities impact the creative sector. In particular, the panel will focus on how these techniques are part of an ever-evolving relationship with audiences.

Moderator

Dr. Richard Lachman

Speakers

Jonathon Anderson

Jonathon Anderson is an Associate Professor of Interior Design and Director of the FCAD Creative Technology Lab at Ryerson University in Toronto. He holds a master of fine arts in furniture design from Savannah College of Art & Design and a Bachelor of Science in Architecture from Southern Illinois University.

Jonathon’s work explores how industrial manufacturing and CNC technologies influence the design and making processes. As a result, the work is characterized by innovative and explorative methods that result in interconnected design, fine art, and technology solutions. From this non-traditional process emerges a provocative, complex design language that visually communicates at varied scales and emphasizes corporeal and phenomenological experiences. To Jonathon, making is not only a practice but a form of critical thinking.

Kat Cizek

Katerina Cizek is the Artistic Director and co-founder of the Co-Creation Studio at  MIT’s Open Documentary Lab. Recently, she published a ground-breaking field study on co-creative practices in the arts, journalism, and documentary entitled Collective Wisdom. Katerina is a two-time Emmy-winning documentarian working across emerging media platforms. For over a decade at the National Film Board of Canada, she helped redefine the organization as one of the world’s leading digital content hubs, with the Filmmaker-in-Residence and HIGHRISE projects. Both community-based and globally recognized, these two ground-breaking serial and digital projects garnered a Peabody award, a World Press Photo Prize, and three Canadian Screen Awards amongst others.

Katerina has forged unconventional, co-creative partnerships with such diverse organizations ranging from an inner-city teaching hospital to Mozilla Foundation to The New York Times. Her projects are also interventionist, and co-creative; they have significantly contributed to conversations about healthcare policy, urban planning as well as the health outcomes and living conditions of the participants themselves.

Katerina’s earlier human rights documentary film projects have instigated criminal investigations, changed UN policies, and have screened as evidence at an International Criminal Tribunal. Her films include the Hampton-Prize winner Seeing is Believing: Handicams, Human Rights and the News (2002, co-directed with Peter Wintonick), In Search of the African Queen: A People Smuggling Operation (1999), and The Dead are Alive: Eyewitness in Rwanda (1995).

Katerina is currently a distinguished visiting professor at Ryerson University with the Faculty of Communications, Art, and Design. She frequently travels internationally to teach, advise, and share innovative approaches to the documentary genre and journalism.

Matthew Spremulli

Matthew Spremulli is an AEC Industry Engagement Manager at Autodesk Research Technology Centers. He received his master’s in architecture focusing on digital media, fabrication, and urban/landscape design. He has received various awards including a Special Mention from the Società di Cultura La Biennale di Venezia (with Lateral Office) and the Frank Lloyd Wright Fellowship from the University of Toronto. Professionally Matthew has pursued experimental and research-based activities within architectural design focusing on the intersection of interactive technologies, urban/landscape design, fabrication, and visual communication.

Matthew has extensive experience in design research, experimental practice, and education. He has led numerous award winning design projects and high-profile public exhibitions. He was a co-director of the “Arctic Adaptations: Nunavut at 15” project representing Canada at the 2014 Venice Architectural Biennale. He was lead research-designer on the “Future of Suburbia” with MIT’s Center for Advanced Urbanism for their 2016 Research Biennale. And most recently he was Research Coordinator for the Living Architecture Systems Group forging collaborations between designers, researchers, and industry leaders on experimental architectures that imbue ‘living’ qualities. 

Matthew has taught and lectured on digital media and design at several Universities. Currently, he is also a sessional lecturer at the University of Toronto: Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design. In this role he explores experimental applications of digital media in landscape architecture focusing on simulation, animation, generative design, and hybrid forms of visual media.