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Haptek Lab is a design-research group that utilizes industrial robotic arms to explore industrial manufacturing of architectural ceramics beyond the surface. In so doing, we reject the disconnect between digital fabrication and the haptic qualities of material behaviour. Developing digital materiality based on tactile robotic feedback, we combine the digital (im)precision of robotic fabrication in clay with the haptic qualities of the handmade rooted in the craft tradition.

Digital Architectural Ceramics Symposium

In conjunction with the ‘Beyond the Surface’ exhibition, there will be an online Symposium on Saturday, January 30, from 1-2pm, featuring a presentation by Haptek Lab and a panel discussion with John Krouse (President, Boston Valley Terracotta), Omar Kahn (Co-organizer, Architectural Ceramics Assemblies Workshop) and moderate Garth Johnson (Curator of Ceramics, Everson Museum of Art) about the digital future of architectural ceramic assemblies.

Haptek Lab presenters include Linda Zhang (Assistant Professor, Ryerson University School of Interior Design), Jonathon Anderson (Associate Professor, Ryerson University School of Design—Director, Creative Technology Lab), Errol Willett (Associate Professor, Syracuse University School of Art, ceramics), Clare Olsen (Associate Professor, Cal Poly College of Architecture and Environmental Design), Naomi Frangos (Visiting Associate Professor, Cornell University, AAP, Department of Architecture), Amy Yan (Research Assistant, Ryerson School of Interior Design), Georgia Barrington (Research Assistant, Ryerson School of Interior Design) and Reese Young (Research Assistant, Ryerson School of Interior Design).

Participants

Linda Zhang, Jonathon Anderson, Errol Willett, Clare Olsen, Naomi Frangos, Amy Yan, Georgia Barrington, Reese Young, John Krouse, Omar Kahn, Garth Johnson

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