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wats:ON?, Transformer Workshops

April 14th, 2012


Carnegie Mellon University
STUDIO for Creative Inquiry
(College of Fine Arts 111)

5000 Forbes Avenue, Oakland


  • 2:00pm  -  Paper Airplanes with Ben Saks

Ben Saks is a Pittsburgh-based designer and producer of the documentary, FLOAT, exploring the craft of handmade free-flight model airplanes. This little known hobby involves the design, construction, and flying of ultra lightweight airplanes powered only by a wound rubber band.




  • 3:00pm  -  Hacking Objects with Nina Barbuto

Nina Marie Barbuto lives and works in Pittsburgh, PA. Her media includes architecture, film, sound, and art installation often with the idea of recycling noise into the system or elevating the vernacular spectacular. Over the past seven years, her works have been featured in galleries in New York, Los Angeles, Pittsburgh and Seoul, Korea. In 2007, she co-founded the I Made It! Market, a nomadic indie crafts marketplace that provides opportunities for artists to sell their wares. Currently, Nina is focused on her storefront called Assemble Gallery, an experimental community space where one can learn through the process of making.

  • 4:00pm  -  Lasersaur with A. Wagenknecht and S. Hechenberger of Nortd Labs

Nortd Labs is an international research and development studio founded in New York City by Addie Wagenknecht and Stefan Hechenberger in 2006. Nortd generates work in the area of art, architecture, and system design.

Lasersaur is their open source laser cutter project.  By providing a cheap, safe, and highly-capable machine they hope to increase the proliferation of laser cutters and make a significant contribution to the personal fabrication movement.



The 2012 wats:ON? Festival is made possible by the generous support of the Jill Watson Family Foundation. Additional support provided by: the STUDIO for Creative Inquiry, CMU College of Fine Arts, and the CMU School of Architecture.

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