Blackspace developed a 3D-printing conscious code workshop with the Homeschoolers of Color from the Piedmont of North Carolina.
Luke Demarest is a visual artist and computer programmer. He has an active artist practice and is Blackspace’s 3D-printing program manager. He has worked as a web engineer for Rosetta Stone, as an artist-in-residence at the American Underground – a Google for Entrepreneurs Tech Hub – and as principal studio assistant for the Mountain Lake Workshop – a collaborative workshop nurtured by the belief that genuine art and culture can develop from any situation in which there are shared experiences. Luke is a member of the HacDC 3D-printing group and is an active supporter of free culture and free software.
Pierce Freelon is a musician, professor and social entrepreneur. He is the creator of Blackspace – a digital makerspace based in Durham, North Carolina – and the co-founder of the Emmy-award winning PBS web-series Beat Making Lab. He has taught in the Department of African, African American and Diaspora Studies at UNC Chapel Hill and is the front-man of the jazz/hip hop quartet The Beast.
We aimed to develop a dialog about what it means to be a human and a citizen in the changing landscape of our city, state, and country. This workshop was a humanities-centric introduction to 3D-printing and computer programming, serving as a gateway to computer literacy. The result was afronauts that have a deeper understanding of their individuality, their commonality and a new ability to think creatively through code.The workshop culminated in an exhibition of 3D printed sculptures by students at The Carrack Modern Art in downtown Durham, North Carolina.