Hey! Thanks Adam! Erik kicked off sharing this and I have to say we are super psyched to get the word out about both Laura and Asheer's work. The Speaker Series naturally evolved as we came across people who we felt really exemplify an important perspective in what we like to call the digital craft of making. Digital Fabrication Residency already uses online video conferencing technology especially with our popular Online Residency program so creating an event that can be open to the public in combination with the generosity of the speakers who take time to share and talk about their ideas, the Speaker Series is possible.
Laura Splan's talk coming up on 10/17 at 1 PM EDT is going to be a great presentation. We worked with her in our Online Residency program and she was eager to present and her energy and enthusiasm behind the work is infectious (pun intended, check out her work laurasplan.com. Her work transforms bio related data and images into 2D and 3D forms.)
Laura Splan is an artist who is always curious and always researching out new ways for her work to take form. Her work stood out especially because of the way the concepts behind the work congeal with the way the work is made. It is an ever-evolving studio practice particularly exciting because she is utilizing a wide variety of fabrication processes from 3D printing to digital embroidery and Arduino that in many ways surveys a portion of what is possible with software, hardware and contemporary art. Decades from now, I see Splan's work gaining this incredible unique history of fabrication processes just based on her flexibility and experimental tenacity.
Asheer Akram (asheerakram.com) is an artist and entrepreneurial genius in Kansas City. He not only produces his own work in metal and ceramics but he also runs a fabrication company that does custom architectural metalwork and sculptures. Kansas City has alot of buzz especially in the art and design scene right now and definitely part of that buzz is because of charismatic and inventive individuals like Asheer. He is a standout who realizes how powerful knowing the software and fabrication skills can be not only for running a business but also within his own studio practice. His Pakistani cargo truck is an amazing project that is not only beautiful and crazy as an object but how Akram combines such visual decadence with inspiring cultural awareness and dialogue is powerful. I highly encourage people google him to see some of the images that have gathered on the web around this project. He is about to launch a new website with his work which will be definitely worth the visit because he has been producing some ceramic works of late that are terrific.
Oh and the truck....we will let you know after we test drive!
Before I forget, here are the links to see the live streaming presentations by Laura and Asheer. For these talks, we are using Fuze. To join the presentation after you click the link you will be promoted to either download the app or join from your browser. Hope to see you there!!
DFR Speaker Series:
Laura Splan 10/ 17 at 1 PM EDT
11/14 at 1 PM EST