OCTOBER 4 - 6, 2018


Techne Expanding

New /  Tensions
New /  Terrains

New /  Tools


Techne Expanding: Tensions, Terrains and Tools, the 2018 Mid-America College Art Association Conference at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, will explore 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.




Reserve your room for the conference at the Embassy Suites by Hilton Lincoln.


Tickets for the conference can be purchased through Eventbrite.


Inquiries about the conference can be sent to Sandra Williams, Associate Professor and Conference Chair, swilliams2@unl.edu.


Get your MACAA membership registration here.



MACAA 2018 Members' Exhibition

The 2018 MACAA Members' Exhibition will be held at the Eisentrager-Howard Gallery at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, October 3-19, 2018.

                                                            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 several 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 Fellowship.                                    

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 a sculptor working with sound and robotics. His work integrates emerging technologies with traditional crafts to discover new ways to create meaning with sound. As a culture, we are exploring questions about meaning and emotion mediated by technology. But many of the questions date back to the origins of the pipe organ and automaton. At what point does that numinous ghost of feeling, beneath the level of words, enter the machine?


Historically, we have often reacted to new technologies by inventing false oppositions between the old and new, imagining that one will win and one will lose. This can be seen clearly in music since 1900. Recording vs. performance. Electric instruments vs. acoustic. Digital recording vs. Analog. Virtual experience vs. physical. What we’ve seen is that, in art and music, we use all of our accumulated tools.


While Andy’s work is powered by software and robotic technologies, its focus is on experience and emotional narrative.