New Media Studies

Make Your Own Monster

Art and Physics team up this spring for a workshop where students give life to strange and fantastical creatures.

Work by Benjamin Lambert, one of the co-teachers of the class

The monster is a powerful cultural expression of society; the monster is a mirror that shows us the deepest of hopes and fears. A monster is a creature that crosses borders and boundaries manifesting in ways that change during every generation. A monster is a creature of fragments, never behaving exactly as expected, always waiting, always hunting.

This new spring term course–cross-listed with New Media Studies, Art, and Physics—puts artificial flesh and bones on the figments of our imagination. The magic happens at the crossroads of technology and art. Students will be working with a range of materials–from latex to recycled plastic–that will help define the mass and surface of their creations. They will also learn how to make simple texture molds out of plaster and clay

The teaching team for the course includes professors Victor Argueta-Diaz and Benjamin Lambert. 

Victor Argueta-Diaz Victor Argueta-Diaz has an academic background in optoelectrioncs  He holds 9 patents in optical communications. Since 2009 he has been an assistant Professor of Physics at Alma College where he is the co-director of Digital Dow Science Center. He currently holds a joint appointment between the Physics Department and the New Media Studies, where he wants to close the gap between arts and engineering.  

Benjamin Lambert is a ceramic sculptor that grew up on a polluted river in Maine. His work examines the relationship between humans and the natural world and the conflicts and opportunities that that relationship provides. Some of his sculptures are monstrous representations of figures and animals that express a boiled-down representation of the affects of some of these relationships.

 

 

Story published on December 20, 2016