Brown Symposium

Brown Symposium XXVII

What Things May Come: 3D Printing in the Fine Arts and Sciences
February 26-27, 2015

This symposium will address the impact of 3D technology on the human mind as it endeavors to meet future challenges in the arts and sciences.


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. We have already observed this change in 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.

International 3D Print Sculpture Exhibition

International Digital Sculpture exhibition—coordinated by Mary Visser, Herman Brown Chair and Professor of Art at Southwestern University, and Christian Lavigne, President of ARS Mathematica of Paris—Fine Arts Gallery, Sarofim School of Fine Arts at Southwestern University, Feb. 4–March 4, 2015. Reception: Feb. 26 at 4:30 p.m.

Art Exhibit: “What Things May Come: The Third International 3D Print Sculpture Exhibition”
February 4 - March 4 (1-5pm daily)
Fine Arts Gallery

Art Opening Reception for “What Things May Come”
4:30pm - 6:00pm CST February 26
Fine Arts Gallery

Higher Ed: Technology, Art, Ethics, and More Converge in 3D Printing

Listen to Jennifer Stayton and Southwestern University President Dr. Ed Burger discuss the convergence of technology, economics, art, ethics, and morality in grappling with the issues raised by what 3-D printing can do.

Brown Symposium Speaker and Panel Recording

Watch the presentations and panels from Brown Symposium on YouTube.

  • Thursday February 26
    8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. 3D Printers Demonstrations in Walzel Lobby
    9 – 9:30 a.m. Opening Statements by President Ed Burger and Professor Mary Visser
    9:30 – 10:30 a.m. Where Am I Going and What Am I Doing? — Bruce Beasley, a world-renowned monumental modernist sculptor whose work has been collected by more than 35 museums world wide, has produced computer-assisted sculptures of which their fine art legitimacy few dare question. Beasley’s international stature and sensitive investigations into the visual and emotional qualities of geometric form place him in the league of major modern masters like Henry Moore, Brancusi, Chillida, and  David Smith. Beasley’s presentation will be on his recent research into 3D printing large-scale sculptures.

    Watch Presentation »

    10:30 – 10:45 a.m. Break
    10:45 – 11:45 a.m. Spark! Creation of a 3D Printing Company — Lisa H. Crump M.S. is the founder of Cairn Ventures, a company that invests in early stage, high-growth potential companies in the Midwest. She is a co-founder of Stratasys, Inc., a high tech manufacturer of 3D printers used for rapid prototyping and additive manufacturing. Stratasys products are used in the medical, electronic, consumer products, education and aerospace industries to shorten the time to bring new products to market. Crump has served as Board Chair of MedModeler, LLC, a company that uses 3D printing with medical imaging modalities to enhance surgical outcomes. She has also served as a director, investor and adviser to multiple companies and organizations, and has been active in supporting community-based non-profits with a focus on engaging youth in the sciences and women entrepreneurs building scalable businesses.

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    noon – 1:10 p.m. Lunch Break
    1:30 – 2:30 p.m. Regenerative Medicine: Current Concepts and Changing Trends — Anthony Atala M.D., 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. Dr. Atala is a practicing surgeon and a researcher in the area of regenerative medicine. He will speak about the state of bio printing in growing new human cells, tissues and organs. Dr. Atala has bio printed bladders and successfully used the recipients’ cells to grow their own bladders; thus, doing away with the need for repressing the immune system.

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    2:40 – 3:10 p.m. Break and Book Signing (books will be for sale at 8:30 a.m.)
    3:15 – 4:20 p.m. 3D Printing: A Bridge to Unlimited Creativity — Professor Olaf Diegel of Lund University in Sweden, known for taking on challenges and printing impossible “things” from items used in health care to musical instruments. When asked why, he says, “One day, we could see people starting to get involved in the design of their own products so that the products suit their needs or personalities better.” Diegel is both an educator and a practitioner of green object design with an excellent research record of developing innovative solutions to engineering problems.

    Watch Presentation »

    4:20 – 4:30 p.m. Professor Michael Cooper: Preview of Brown Symposium 2017
    4:30 – 6 p.m. Reception for “The Third International Digital Sculpture Art Exhibition: What Things May Come” — Co-Curators Mary Visser and Christian Lavigne. See more than 30 sculptural works from around the world. Gallery talk at 4:30 p.m. Exhibition runs February 4 – March 4, 2015. 
    Friday February 27
    8 a.m. – 2 p.m. 3D Printers and Scanner Demonstrations in Walzel Lobby 
    9 – 9:50 a.m. Robert Michael Smith: In Search of the Lost Coord – Professor Robert Michael Smith of the New York Institute of Technology is a sculptor, 3D digital artist, and a professor of sculpture, 3D computer visualization/animation and philosophy of aesthetics at NYIT.  Smith is also a member of the Board of Directors for the New York chapter of SIGGRAPH, and president of The Sculptors Guild.  Smith will discuss his transition from making traditional sculpture to creating living sculptures by bio-printing sculptural forms using his body’s own cells.

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    9:50 – 10:30 a.m. What is Computer Sculpture? Its Mythological and Real Foundations — Christian Lavigne of Paris is the Director and President of Ars Mathematica. He co-founded Ars Mathematica with Alexandre Vitkine for the purpose of promoting digital sculpture worldwide. For more than 30 years he has used computers, NC devices and RP machines to create sculptural forms. He is internationally known as a pioneer in digital sculpture, and coined the words Robosculpture (1988) and Cybersculpture (1995). Lavigne’s sculptural works have appeared in exhibitions  in Europe, North America, China, Australia, New Zealand and West Africa.

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    10:35 – 10:50 a.m. 15 minute Break
    10:50 to 11:50 a.m. The Creative Mind: Six Pioneers from Around the World in Sculpture and 3D Printing — Professor Mary Visser. Artists from around the world: James Hutchinson, Mary Neubauer, Andrew Werby, Corinne Whitaker, and Alvin Sher discuss how 3D printing has impacted their creativity and artwork.

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    11:55 a.m. – 12:55 p.m. The Future of 3D Printing in the Fine Arts and Sciences: Panel Discussion — Bruce Beasley, Robert Michael Smith, Lisa H. Crump, Olaf Diegel, Christian Lavigne and Mary Visser discuss the issues that arise from this new technology and the future implications for artists, laymen, and scientists in 3D printing.

    During Brown Symposium XXXVII, there will be demonstrations of how this process works with on-site 3D printers, scanning systems and workshops.

  • Anthony Atala M.D.Anthony Atala M.D.

    Dr. Anthony Atala M.D. (Feb 26th only) is 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. Dr. Atala a practicing surgeon and researcher in the area of regenerative medicine will speak about the state of bio-printing organs for implantation. Dr. Atala has successfully bio printed bladders using the cells from the body of the recipient. Dr. Atala will speak on Regenerative Medicine: Current Concepts and Changing Trends. Watch Presentation »

    West Oakland-based sculptor Bruce Beasley poses for a photo with one of his Stainless steal ringe...Bruce Beasley

    Bruce Beasley is a world-renowned monumental modernist sculptor and producer of computer assisted sculptures. His international stature, his sensitive investigations into the visual and emotional qualities of geometric form, place Beasley firmly in the legacy of major modern masters like Henry Moore, Brancusi, Chillida, and David Smith. Mr. Beasley’s presentation will be on his recent research into 3D Printing and Sculpture: Where am I going and What am I doingWatch Presentation »

    Lisa CrumpLisa H. Crump

    Lisa H. Crump M.S., co-founder of Stratasys, Inc. a high tech manufacturer of 3D printers that developed FDM fueling the personal 3D printer for the home; she is also the founder of Cairn Ventures. Ms. Crump will speak on Spark! Creation of a 3D Printing Company….. Stratasys Inc Watch Presentation »

     

    Olaf DiegelProfessor Olaf Diegel

    Prof. Olaf Diegel of Lund University in Sweden is both an educator and a practitioner of green object design with an excellent research record of developing innovative solutions to engineering problems. He is known for taking on challenges and printing impossible “things” from health care to musical instruments to make our lives better. The title of his talk is 3D Printing: a Bridge to Unlimited CreativityWatch Presentation »

    Robert Michael SmithRobert Michael Smith

    Prof. Robert Michael Smith of NYIT, is a sculptor, 3D digital artist, professor of sculpture, 3D computer visualization/animation and philosophy of aesthetics at New York Institute of Technology. Smith is also a member of the Board of Directors for the SIGGRAPH/NYC chapter and President of The Sculptors Guild. Robert Michael Smith’s title of his presentation is In Search of the Lost Coord. He will speak about the transition from making traditional sculpture to creating living sculptures. Watch Presentation »

    Mary VisserProfessor Mary Visser

    Prof. Mary Visser, Holder of the Herman Brown Chair teaches sculpture and 3D modeling at Southwestern University. Her artwork has appeared in more than 130 exhibitions around the world including the touring e-Form Cybersculpture exhibition for the 2008 Olympic events in China. Visser received her M.F.A. in sculpture from The Ohio State University and is Vice President of Ars Mathmatica an international organization devoted to promoting cybersculpture. She will speak on Creativity and the Sculptural Pioneers in 3D printing processes.

    Christian LavigneChristian Lavigne

    Mr. Christian Lavigne of Paris France is the Director and President of Ars Mathematica. For more than 30 years he has used computers, NC devices and RP machines to create his sculptures. He is internationally well known as a pioneer in digital sculpture. His sculptural works have appeared in Europe, North America, China, Australia, New Zealand, and West Africa. Mr. Christian Lavigne is co-curator of the exhibition and will present the topic: What is Computer Sculpture, its Mythological and Real Foundations. Watch Presentation »

    International Digital Sculpture exhibition—coordinated by Mary Visser, Herman Brown Chair and Professor of Art at Southwestern University, and Christian Lavigne, President of ARS Mathematica of Paris—Fine Arts Gallery, Sarofim School of Fine Arts at Southwestern University, Feb. 4–March 5, 2015. Reception: Feb. 26 at 4:30 p.m.

  • “The Third International Digital Scupture Art Exhibiton: What Things May Come”

    Co-Curated by Christian Lavigne and Mary Hale Visser
    February 4th – March 4th, 2015
    Sarofim School of Fine Arts Gallery

    In this exhibition artists from across the globe have been selected to present their latest digitally designed sculptures. Each of these artists is well known for work in other mediums, yet they chose to explore this new technology, and relinquish the seductive hands on contact in creating their artworks. As Keith Brown puts it, “the trans-physical aspect of the cyber environment provides new possibilities for sculpture and radically changes traditional modes of experience that were defined by gravity, scale, and material limitations. Sculptors are now free to build forms that defy natural laws.” This new medium has already changed the concept of space from real to virtual and the form from physical to data collection. This technology is reshaping and changing our understanding of the world around us. Now we have artists who are attempting to print living sculptures by bio-printing their own cells. As with any new tool the possibilities seem endless, although it is not the machines themselves but the quality of the activities that this technology enables. In this exhibition you will see work that is innovative and demanding of your attention not because of the process, but because the process has freed the artist from the constraints of traditional limitations in the making of sculptural statements.

    — Mary Hale Visser, Southwestern University

    Special Events

    Fine Arts Gallery Reception: Thursday Feb 26th, 2015 4:30 to 6:00pm.

    Gallery Talk: 4:45-5:30pm What is Computer Sculpture, its Mythological and Real Foundations? — Mr. Christian Lavigne of Paris France is the Director and President of Ars Mathematica, that he co-founded with Alexandre Vitkine. For more than 30 years he has used computers, NC devices and RP machines to create his sculptures. He is internationally known as a pioneer in digital sculpture. He coined the words Robosculpture (1988) and Cybersculpture (1995). His sculptural works have appeared in Europe, North America, China, Australia, New Zealand, and West Africa. Mr. Christian Lavigne is co-curator of the exhibition

    Artist panel - The Creative Mind: 6 Pioneers from around the world in Sculpture and 3D Printing.”: Friday Feb 27, 2015 from 10:00am to 11:30am – Artists from around the World discuss how 3D printing has impacted their creativity and artwork. James Hutchinson from England, Mary Neubauer from Arizona State University, Andrew Werby from California, Corrine Whitaker, Alvin Sher from New York.

    Special workshop on scanning for students on Friday afternoon by sculptor Laura West.