SOA’s Assistant Professor, Grace Nickel heads to the UAAC conference!

Grace Nickel, Assistant Professor at the School of Art and Seema Goel, STEAM coordinator and artist in residence in the faculty of Science at the U of M are speaking at the UAAC conference (Universities Art Association of Canada) at the Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM ) on October 28, 2016.

uqam-logoMaking Knowledge: Craft and the Digital

Seema Goel – Dexterities

The project of shifting the digital experience beyond the binary is well underway. From simple yes/no response, we strive now to mimic the multiplicity available in human interaction. How do we, in craft, participate in this shift to engage the nuance and complexity of touch, materiality, and maker-user connection? How is craft language equally explored and accentuated through this effort? This presentation explores the contradictions and connections between touch and craft & digital interfaces through my own craft-based art practice.


Seema Goel – MURMUR – touch and proximity responsive sculpture 2016, Alpaca and sheep wool, willow, Micro-controllers, Sensors, Sound. 4 x 6 x 4 feet

Grace NickelNew Paradigms in Ceramic Process, Production, and Perception: Circumventing the Kiln

Some of my ceramic work now relies entirely on electronic processes. The digital provides a means to an end and ultimately the product and process merge inextricably. Still, the conceptual intention is kept in focus. The lure of the dazzling new technologies, that are becoming increasingly more accessible, is irresistible. But what does this mean for making and knowledge, skill and concept, process and object in the long term? Craft seems to be a natural fit for the digital and vice versa. It’s up to artists to move the new technology beyond the novelty stage, and provide the intelligence and imagination needed to make relevant cultural content.


Grace Nickel –  A series of porcelain tiles with laser marked images, 2015

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