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The University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s School of Art, Art History & Design will host the 2018 Mid-America College Art Association Conference Oct. 4-5.

The conference theme is “Techne Expanding: Tensions, Terrains and Tools,” and will explore wide-ranging interpretations of technology and its use and impact on teaching, making and performing art, as well as the broader human experience.

Two cutting-edge artists are keynote speakers for the event: Behnaz Farahi and Andy Cavatorta. Each of their keynote lectures are also part of the Hixson-Lied Visiting Artist Lecture Series. Farahi will present her lecture on Thursday, Oct. 4 at 5:30 p.m.; Cavatorta will present his lecture Friday, Oct. 5, at 5:30 p.m. Both lectures will take place at the Embassy Suites Hotel at 1040 P St. in Lincoln. The lectures are free and open to the public.

Farahi is a creative designer and technologist working at the intersection of fashion, architecture and interaction design. Trained as an architect, she explores the potential of interactive environments and their relationship to the human body.

She has worked with leading firms such as Autodesk, Fuksas Studio and 3DSystems / will-i-am. She has also collaborated with Professor Behrokh Khoshnevis on two NASA-funded research projects developing a robotic fabrication technology to 3-D print structures on the Moon and Mars. She has been an artist in residence at Autodesk Pier 9.

Farahi is on the advisory council for the Johnny Carson Center for Emerging Media Arts. To see more of her work, visit

Cavatorta is an artist and researcher working with physical sound and robotics. His work explores technologically mediated emotions, opportunities to express the previously inexpressible, and how we make meaning with sound. This work is entirely new, but also part of a centuries-long tradition of exploring the artistic possibilities opened by every new technological or scientific development.

His talk is about the surprising history of music and technology, his own work, the pleasures and perils of working in unexplored spaces, and the importance of fake rules.

Cavatorta graduated from the MIT Media Lab and received the Lincoln Prize. His recent collaborations include Björk and Matthew Herbert. His recent exhibits include MoMA (Museum of Modern Art), TED, The Royal Opera House and short documentaries by National Geographic, Vice and Stella Artois.

For more on his work, see For more about the conference, including registration information, visit


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