EVENT: High-Low Tech: Technology + Craft + Culture – Leah Buechley from MIT Media Lab

November 12, 2010
6:30 pmto8:00 pm

High-Low Tech: Technology + Craft + Culture
This talk will describe ways that my students and I blend technology and craft in the research group I direct at the MIT Media Lab. I’ll explain and demonstrate how electronics and computation can be combined with paper, paint, fabric, and wood and discuss how working with technology as a craft material can change technology, craft, design, and art cultures in powerful and surprising ways.

Bio
Leah Buechley is an Assistant 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 tech from cultural and material 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 a method for creating cloth printed circuit boards (fabric PCBs) and designing the LilyPad Arduino toolkit.  Her work has been featured in the New York Times, Boston Globe, CRAFT Magazine, the Journal of Architectural Design, the Denver Post, and the Taipei Times. She holds MS and PhD degrees in Computer Science from the University of Colorado at Boulder and a BA in Physics from Skidmore College.

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