EVENT: MIT Media Lab projects with Leah Buechley

October 21, 2011
6:30 pmto8:00 pm

Did you ever see an amazing interactive project on the net, or in public, and wonder about how the maker came up with it, and what influenced the project?  We often talk about how and why we make our projects, but we don’t as often talk about how the places we work and learn shape our work. Join Leah Buechley and students from her High-Low Tech group for a conversation about how the places and methods in which we teach and learn to make things change what we make.

This talk will be as much conversation as presentation. The folks from High-Low would love to hear about ITP projects as well, so we can learn from each other about how our places shape what we make.  If you have a completed project that says a lot about the culture and place that you made it (ITP or elsewhere) send details to Tom Igoe (tom.igoe@nyu.edu) in advance, so we have some work to share as well.

About High-Low Tech:
The High-Low Tech group integrates high and low technological materials, processes, and cultures. Our primary aim is to engage diverse audiences in designing and building their own technologies by situating computation in new cultural and material contexts, and by developing tools that democratize engineering. We believe that the future of technology will be largely determined by end-users who will design, build, and hack their own devices, and our goal is to inspire, shape, support, and study these communities. To this end, we explore the intersection of computation, physical materials, manufacturing processes, traditional crafts, and design.

About Leah Buechley:
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 technology from cultural, material, and practical perspectives with the goal of engaging diverse groups of people in developing their own technologies. Leah received PhD and MS degrees in computer science from the University of Colorado at Boulder and a BA in physics from Skidmore College.

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