Engaging Minds, Transforming Lives

Brown Symposium

About Brown Symposium

We are in this moment on a very long and steep slope of change in how we humans do things in this world.

Although the focus is at the moment on making things we will see a remarkable shift in how our brains respond to solving problems. I have already observed this change in my classrooms where students new to art, who have never drawn before are able to construct forms directly in virtual reality and translate their ideas into real world solutions. This shift in creativity and how the mind forms its responses is responsible for developing solutions from regenerating our bodies to conserving our resources in viable effective ways. This technology holds answers we have not yet begun to explore. What is not being discussed in the public realm and what we will focus on in this symposium is how this technology changes the very way we think and approach creative solutions from different fields of study.”

It’s important to note that the ideas that 3D technology now facilitates have been with us since we began drawing images on the walls of caves. Human beings have been representing our three-dimensional world on flat surfaces for thousands of years. But we live in a three D world and most of its problems are 3D in nature.

Brown Chairs typically choose an area in their own field of interest to bring to campus for discussion. As a field of study sculpture has the longest and most interactive history with 3D Print technology. In Sculpture we will have an exhibition of sculptural works designed and printed by international artists who are pioneers in this new field. Our first speaker is world-renowned sculptor Bruce Beasley who will present his explorations into this new medium and how 3D printing has changed his way of working and thinking. We will also have the artist Prof. Robert Michael Smith from NYIT giving a presentation on his research into creating living sculptures from his own body cells. And in Music, Prof. Olaf Diegel from Lund University in Sweden will be presenting his research into creative thinking and the 3D Printing process. According to Professor Diegel customization will be the key because rethinking the form will be as simple as changing the code. Our creativity in meeting individuals’ needs will change the way we think culturally, socially and economically.

In the sciences Dr. Anthony Atala will address the changes 3D printing is making in regenerative medicine. Professor Anthony Atala, M.D., the Director of the Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine, and the W.H. Boyce Professor and Chair of the Department of Urology at Wake Forest University is a practicing surgeon and a researcher in the area of regenerative medicine. His current work focuses on growing new human cells, tissues and organs. Dr Atala will speak about building organs with a 3D bio Printer and what this holds for us in the future. This is actually being done in the lab of Dr. Atala today. One of the projects they are working on is building functional, beating heart valves, which are exercised in a bioreactor to help precondition them for implantation. The implications for bio-printing is a revolution that will change how we build our lives now and in the future. What issues will opening this Pandora’s box create for the human species?

The following day Ms. Lisa H. Crump M.S. will discuss the early days of Fused Deposition Modeling and the creation of Stratasys Inc. which led to 3D desktop printers reaching the public. All of our panelists will discuss the changes in creative thinking that 3D printing holds for sculptors, scientists, and musicians. How will these changes in creative thinking influence the use and development of 3D printing for the 21st century? To anyone who hasn’t seen a 3 D Printer demonstrated, it sounds futuristic—like the Jetsons dinner arriving at the touch of a keypad. Although 3D printing technology is simple in concept it is evolutionary in what it offers. By enabling a machine to produce objects of any shape, on the spot and as needed, 3-D printing really is ushering in a new era. So come and participate in the 2015 Brown Symposium “What Things May Come; 3D Printing in the Fine Arts and Sciences. You will be amazed at the changes and the implications for our future in all areas.

This symposium includes an International Digital Sculpture Art Exhibition with more than 30 works from around the world by expert sculptors in this field. The dates for the exhibition will be February 4th – March 4th , 2015. The opening reception will be held during the symposium on February 26th with a panel discussions by artists on Friday. The title of the exhibition is "What Things May Come, The 3rd International 3D Print Sculpture Exhibition.

We will have demonstrations of how this process works with a 3 D printer on site printing student artworks.

There will also be a panel discussion with 10 creative thinkers from around the world on Friday Feb 27, 2015.