Call for papers: Digital Fabrication @ FATE 2017

FATE (Foundations in Art: Theory and Education) 16th Biennial Conference
Hosted by the KCAI (Kansas City Art Institute) Foundations Department
April 6-8, 2017

FATE is a national association dedicated to the promotion of excellence in the development and teaching of college-level foundation courses. A full list of sessions for the 2017 conference can be found at http://www.foundations-art.org.

With the conference theme "To the Core and Beyond" in mind, session chairs Tom Burtonwood (The School of the Art Institute of Chicago) and Taylor Hokanson (Columbia College Chicago) seek abstracts from educators who promote digital fabrication in foundations level courses and beyond. This session invites papers addressing best practices for introducing, integrating and establishing digital fabrication into the art and design foundations curriculum, especially research that addresses experimental materials and collapses boundaries between disciplines. We aim to facilitate debate around a set of tools that is growing more common in our field. How have a few years of access to the technology changed how and what you teach on the subject?

Possible topics to explore:

Do you regard 3D printing technology/processes as equivalent to or fundamentally different from more familiar shop resources?
How do you address a potentially steep learning curve while avoiding easy introductory projects (keychains, etc.)?
What software/hardware do you use and why?
Where do you fall along the professional equipment/DIY tool spectrum?
Have you had the technology long enough for students to get four years of access? What effect did this have on their work?

To apply, please fill out this form, then email the following to tburto1@artic.edu and taylor@taylorhokanson.com by Friday, July 15:

CV
paper title
paper abstract (200 words max)
name, contact information & cv of any co-presenter (if applicable)