Based on the belief that the discourse on digital fabrication has not
adequately engaged issues of drawing, TRANSLATIONS seeks to
kick-start the conversation and to recoup the generative power of
its abstraction through the very means and methods by which it was
erased. The course explores the development of novel digital drawing
techniques designed to intersect with digital fabrication tools and
heterogeneous materialities in order to produce unforeseen qualities,
forms, and effects. The inherent properties of various materials (i.e.,
monolithic, aggregate, brittle, diaphanous) will combine with the cultivated
abstraction of digital drawing (i.e., clouds, fields, versions)
to yield drawings that do not represent the thing they describe and
material consequences that cannot be wholly predicted. The course
capitalizes on the combined generative potential of abstract notation,
variable material behaviors, and digital fabrication.
TRANSLATIONS will combine elements of a workshop and a seminar.
Primarily focused on research through making, the course will
also include reading assignments and discussions aimed to situate
the work in a broader disciplinary context. Previous experience with
Fab Lab tools and computational modeling software is preferred, but
not required to enroll.
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