Dissertation Talk: Hybrid Aesthetics • Bridging Material Practices and Digital Fabrication

Lecture | May 15 | 10-11 a.m. | 360 Hearst Memorial Mining Building

 Cesar Torres, University of California Berkeley

 University of California Berkeley

Creative technologies like digital fabrication led to the rise of the Maker Movement, engendering grassroots innovation in education, manufacturing, and healthcare. Today, these creative technologies stand at a crossroads – despite a significant rise in participation, a deeper engagement with design and material is absent from traditional computer-aided design workflows.

In this talk, I will motivate the need for creative technologies to support the morphogenetic model of making, a thinking and working style characteristic of how practitioners work with physical materials but difficult to access in digital design tools. I'll demonstrate how computational design techniques can be enacted within physical materials, physical tools, and physical practices to support morphogenetic workflows in domains such as light and heater design, soft electronics, and metalworking.

As a result, this work lays a framework for composing new materials and technologies to foreground the existing knowledge and practices of material practitioners and generate new forms and aesthetics that can alter the trajectory of the Maker Movement towards a New Making Renaissance.

 CA, cearto@berkeley.edu, 9152084709

Computationally designed reflectors, lenses, and diffusers are used to expose light as a material.