Talk at Africana Research Center

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January 2017 – On January 23, I gave a presentation entitled, “Reinterpreting Cultural Design Practices through Technology: Wire-bending and Design in the Trinidad Carnival” at Penn State’s Africana Research Center (ARC). In this talk, I discussed the Trinidad Carnival, Design in this landscape – including its controversies, and the craft of wire-bending. In addition to sharing the computational tool – The Bailey-Derek Grammar – and how it works, I also discussed my three approaches to reinterpreting wire-bending using computation and digital technology: (1) Computational Crafting, (2) Digital Crafting, and (3) Crafting Fabrication. The ARC supports research that centers on the African Diaspora.

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