November 21, 2017

New Craft Symposium

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On November 17th, 2017 the Material Matters Research Centre hosted the New Craft Symposium at Emily Carr University, drawing approximately eighty unique visitors from the general public, academia and local industry in the greater Vancouver area.

Melanie Egan’s Keynote presentation ‘The Heterogeneity of Craft’ made lasting impacts on those in attendance, drawing attention to the ways that the expanded field of craft informs our practices of making.

Keynote Speaker:
Melanie Egan
Director of Craft & Design at Harbourfront Centre

Panelists, New Craft: New Practices
Nithikul Numkulrat
Designer in Residence, Material Matters Research Centre
Justin Novak
Associate Professor, Faculty of Visual Art and Material Practice
Dr. Garnet Hertz
Canada Research Chair in Design + Media Arts
Eugenie Cheon
MDES Candidate, 2018

Panelists, New Craft: New Spaces
Justin Langlois
Associate Professor and Assistant Dean of Integrated Learning in the Faculty of Culture + Community
Omer Arbel
Creative Director, OAO + Bocci
Lexie Owen
Artist-in-residence, Burrard View Fieldhouse
Hélène Day Fraser
Associate Dean, Master of Design, Jake Kerr Faculty of Graduate Studies

Left to right: Keynote Speaker Melanie Egan, Panelist Lexie Owen, Panelist Nithikul Nimkulrat

Garnet Hertz’s panel presentation ‘Disobedient Electronics’

Right to left: Panel discussion with Omer Arbel, Hélène Day Fraser, Lexie Owen and Justin Langlois

Nithikul Nimkulrat’s panel presentation ‘Towards New Craft – Knot Practice’


Attendees observing part of the 3D printing research display during the reception

Post-presentation discussion between Garnet Hertz, Hélène Day Fraser and Will Odom



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