Tuesday, September 10, 2013

FabLab Highlighted at the Maine Conference on the Arts

The Maine International Conference on the Arts will be a great event to introduce the University of Maine’s FabLab to those in the cultural sector.

The brand new Innovative Media, Research and Commercialization Center, at the UMO Stewart Hall, is a 15,000+ square foot facility providing state of the art prototyping facilities, audio and video production spaces, performance areas and installation spaces. This 21st century laboratory will house three workshops during the Maine International Conference on the Arts. People interested in ways the arts, technology, and innovative practices are coming together can explore tools and equipment, including a full shop, 3D printers and 3D scanner, computer controlled machine tools, a cutting and engraving laser, plastic vacuum former, large format printers, a range of design and production software, electronics workbenches, video and still cameras, audio recording and mixing equipment, and a variety of tools for supporting interactive environments and installations. This is a great opportunity for artists to see where they can take their work in the coming years.

The three workshops available for artists are as follows:

Fabrication Lab as a Creative Tool

Many new kinds of technology tools are available to artists, such as 3D printing and computing navigated cutting. Fabrication labs have become a means of accessing these tools and serve as creative incubators and prototyping centers. This session will provide an overview the kinds of technology these centers have available. Visual artists, performers, arts organizations and community groups will better understand how these facilities are transforming the way people think about ‘production’ and how such facilities can be used for their individual endeavors.

Video, Film and Audio Recording

This session will explore the best ways of capturing moving images and audio. It will be relevant for a wide variety of project budgets and useful for people of beginner to intermediate skill sets wishing to develop a stronger understanding of video editing, film equipment, audio editing, workflow with the RED camera and other tools and philosophies of working with moving images.

Documenting and archiving your projects

Technology is transforming the way artists and organizations share information, but are you capturing and saving media assets for future use? This session will show you the best ways to document the process of a project and archive the final product. You will learn effective ways to use new tools to make this happen quickly and easily.

Register for the MICA Conference before September 15 to take advantage of the reduced rates available.

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