OCTOBER 4th  & 5th, 2018



Techne Expanding: Tensions, Terrains and Tools, the 2018 Mid-America College Art Association Conference at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, explored wide-ranging interpretations of technology and its use and impact on the teaching, making, and performing art as well as the broader human experience. Recognizing that technology has art and craft at its root (techne) and isn’t limited just to bigger, better, or faster tools and products, we will examine how we embrace or resist technology, how we celebrate or critique it, and consider its promise as well as its limits.





                                                               Keynote Speaker  Behnaz Farahi


                                                                                                              Behnaz  Farahi is a creative designer and technologist working at the intersection of 

                                                                                                  fashion, architecture, and interaction design. Trained as an architect, she explores the

                                                                                                  potential of interactive environments and their relationship to the human body.


                                                                                                  Behnaz Farahi is interested in exploring the potential of interactive environments and

                                                                                                  their relationship to the human body through the implementation of emerging

                                                                                                  technologies in contemporary art/architecture practice. Her goal is to enhance the

                                                                                                  relationship between human beings and the built environment by following design/

                                                                                                  motion principles inspired by natural systems. Application areas include architecture,   

                                                                                                  fashion and interaction design. She also specializes in physical computing, sensor

                                                                                                  technologies, additive manufacturing and robotic technologies.


                                                                                                  Her work has been exhibited internationally at Ars Electronica, Linz and Context Art

                                                                                                  Miami, and has been featured in several magazines and online websites including

                                                                                                  WIRED, BBC, CNN, The Guardian, Frame Magazine, and many more. Farahi has won

                                                                                                  awards including Innovation By Design Linda Tischler Award, World Technology Award

                                                                                                  (WTN), and is the  recipient of the BASA and Madworkshop Grants and the Rock Hudson 



Farahi has worked with leading firms such as Autodesk, Fuksas Studio, and 3DSystems / will-i-am. She has also collaborated with Professor Behrokh Khoshnevis on two NASA funded research projects developing a robotic fabrication technology to 3D print structures on the Moon

and Mars. She has been an Artist in Residence at Autodesk Pier 9.


Currently, she is an Annenberg Fellow and PhD candidate in Interdisciplinary Media Arts and Practice at the USC School of Cinematic Arts.

She holds a Bachelor’s and two Masters degrees in Architecture.

Keynote Speaker  Andy Cavatorta


Andy Cavatorta is an artist and researcher working with physical sound and robotics.  His work explores technologically mediated emotions, opportunities to express the previously inexpressible, and how we make meaning with sound.  This work is entirely new, but also part of a centuries-long tradition of exploring the artistic possibilities opened by every new technological or scientific development.  


This talk is about the surprising history of music and technology, Andy's own work, the pleasures and perils of working in unexplored spaces, and the importance of fake rules.  


He is a graduate of the MIT Media Lab. Recipient of the Lincoln Prize.  Recent collaborations include Björk and Matthew Herbert.  Recent exhibits include MoMA, TED, The Royal Opera House, and short documentaries by National Geographic, Vice, and Stella Artois.