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Micro Maker Series: How to Teach in a Pandemic : A Case Study with Chris Collins
In this talk, Chris Collins will present a case-study on reworking his Spring 2021 New Media Art class at SAIC, which he unofficially retitled “How to Make Art in a Pandemic”. He’ll present his syllabus, assignment prompts, and student work. He’ll also share tips, strategies, and techniques that worked for him (and what didn’t) as we all attempted to navigate this exhausting, stressful, and awkward world of online learning– and what we can all take from this time into the future.

Part of the Crafting Change Symposium hosted by the Center for Convergence at Oberlin College and Conservatory, the Micro Maker Series is a fully virtual lecture series featuring artists, designers, and educators from around the world. Presenters use traditional handicraft and contemporary technologies to create bespoke wearables and interfaces for performance, improvisation, installation, and education.

Chris Collins is an educator, artist, and technologist based in Chicago. As an educator, Chris is a lecturer at UIC where they teach CS students how to engage with art, as well as at SAIC, teaching art students how to engage with technology.

Lately, they’ve also been conducting performative remote workshops for K-12 students, introducing concepts of digital literacy through hybrid analog and digital play. Chris’s work as an artist has exhibited extensively in the states and abroad, most notably at The Museum of Contemporary Art, The Museum of The Moving Image, Musieums Quartier, and The Goethe Institut. Their projects have been written about in the New York Times, and blogged about by SFMOMA, Rhizome, and others. Collins has collaborated with institutions (Harvard, Yale), game studios (Level EX), ad agencies, artists, startups, and small businesses. These projects have been presented at various conferences, festivals, and events, including SIGGRAPH, SXSW Interactive, the Guggenheim in Bilbao, and as a spotlighted feature in the iOS app store.

Jun 17, 2021 03:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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