April 26th, 2013 | Chris
We are very happy to announce that we will add 3D printing/rapid prototyping capabilities to the NCAT Lab (NC 003) this summer. We will pilot student use of the 3D printer with Sculpture and Digital Media & Culture students in the Fall 2013 semester. Initially we will fabricate objects from 3D models made in SketchUp and SketchUp Pro (.stl and .obj files).
We will be using PLA resins, which are made from plant starches and are therefore both renewable and biodegradable. We will also have the ability to print with ABS plastic resins for permanent objects. More details in the fall.
April 1st, 2013 | Chris
NCAT Director Dr. Christopher Watts announced today that the NCAT would be selling off all of its computer hardware and AV equipment and replacing it with Google Glass wearable computing devices.
“The NCAT is going to feel like a very different place,” Watts said. “Imagine coming into one of our labs and finding no computers, no furniture — just a bunch of students milling around, muttering voice commands to their glasses.”
Google Glass responds to voice commands and displays images and text in front of the user’s eye.
“It doesn’t have any art applications yet as far as I know,” said Watts. “But I’m sure it will by the time we get them in. We also looked into Apple’s iWatch, but that’s not even a real product yet.”
NCAT Assistant Director Ms. Josephine Skiff was unavailable for comment.
[This post was an April Fools' Day joke. –Ed.]
November 28th, 2012 | Chris
Director of the Newell Center for Arts Technology and Associate Professor of Music Christopher Watts has published a book chapter entitled “Connection, Fragmentation, and Intentionality: Social Software and the Changing Nature of Expertise.”
As social media and other types of social software become more and more integrated with daily life, they also change the ways that we think about expertise. The chapter explores the potential downsides of this change, and makes a case for the importance of the liberal arts in counterbalancing the downsides of social software.
More info about the book and an excerpt of the chapter can be found here.
October 15th, 2012 | Jo
Teams of 4 students each are given a theme and 24 hours to make a 10 minute film. Teams planning to enter should have emailed Steve Papson (firstname.lastname@example.org) by Oct 14. The competition will take place Sat. Oct. 20, 12noon to Sun. Oct. 21, 12noon.
The NCAT lab (NC003) will be open for participants to edit their productions from 8am-12noon on Sunday Oct. 21.
NCAT loaned equipment may be reserved on a first come, first served basis beginning now. Students should contact Jo Skiff (email@example.com) or the student monitor during open hours.
A multi-member jury will select the winning team. Film showings will be in the Winston Room on Wednesday, Oct. 24 at 7pm in the Winston Room.
Each member of the winning team will receive a $25 gift certificate to the bookstore. Event sponsored by: Film and Representation Studies Program, The Artist Guild, Xanadu.