Nelson Speaker Series Lecture and Workshop, Garnet Hertz

October 11, 2019 Add to Calendar

12–2:30 p.m.


Platt Campus Center, Green Room
340 E. Foothill Blvd
Claremont, CA 91711


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Garnet Hertz

Canada Research Chair in Design and Media Arts; Associate Professor in the Faculty of Design and Dynamic Media, Emily Carr University

Hertz’s art and research investigates DIY culture, electronic art and critical design practices. He has shown his work in 15 countries at several notable international venues, including SIGGRAPH, Ars Electronica and DEAF, and was awarded the 2008 Oscar Signorini Award in robotic art. He has worked at Art Center College of Design and University of California, Irvine. His research is widely cited in academic publications, and his work has appeared in the popular press worldwide, including The New York Times, Wired, The Washington Post, NPR, USA Today, NBC, CBS, TV Tokyo and CNN Headline News. Hertz earned a bachelor’s degree (studio art) from the University of Saskatchewan and a master’s degree (arts computation engineering) and PhD (visual studies) from the University of California, Irvine. Learn more about Hertz’s work.

Lecture: “Design for Change: Critical Technical Practice and Protest through Electronic Objects,” Noon–1:15 p.m.

Disobedient Electronics: Protest (2017) is a limited-edition publishing project by Garnet Hertz that highlights confrontational work from industrial designers, electronic artists, hackers and makers from 10 countries who disobey conventions, especially work that is used to highlight injustices, discrimination or abuses of power. Hertz will highlight the fascinating ways that creative electronic objects can be built as a form of engaging social commentary on complex topics like surveillance, gender and health. The talk will be held in the Green Room, Platt Campus Center.

Workshop: “Re-Imagining the Now,” 1:30–2:30 p.m.

Technological artifacts embody and reflect value systems that are deeply embedded within our culture, values that are often unseen or unacknowledged. Whether we are conscious of it or not, these artifacts provide material answers to questions of how to live and act in the world. This workshop will introduce a series of core techniques and ideas from critical design to think through digital technology’s capacities and potentiality both as a corrective to its uncritical embrace and as a way to redefine the digital in daily life. Participants will use a set of custom-designed playing cards and playing mat to re-evaluate and re-invent the digital technologies around us. In the process, we will create a wide spectrum of technological imaginations in terms of indigenous, feminist and intersectional views of the world through digital technologies. The workshop will be held in the Green Room, Platt Campus Center.

About the Nelson Series

Maker Cultures is about making and STEAM. The series is intended to inspire the Harvey Mudd community to create a culture for the new makerspace in the Scott A. McGregor Computer Science Center that is inclusive, creative, playful, sustainable and builds upon the College’s liberal arts environment. Maker Cultures invites the community to think beyond traditional makerspaces that make tools and materials available in a dedicated space, to maker cultures that are mobile, use living materials, re-make with recycled parts and cross disciplinary boundaries.