Rachel Clarke
Since 2003
Works in Sacramento, California United States of America

Rachel Clarke (born UK) is an artist, writer, curator and and educator living in Sacramento, CA. Clarke is Professor of New Media in the Art Department at California State University, Sacramento.

Clarke is the founding editor of Media-N the CAA New Media Caucus’s international journal of digital and media arts. She served as Editor-in-Chief of Media-N from 2005 – 2011, and is currently serving on the editorial board.

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3D Printing Panel and Roundtable Discussion

Sun Dec 01, 2013 00:00

Chigago, Illinois
United States of America

Thursday 13th February 2:30 – 5:00pm at The Center for Book and Paper, Columbia College, Chicago

3D Printing Panel and Roundtable Discussion
Roundtable chairs: Tom Burtonwood and Rachel Clarke.

Call for Panelists: if you wish to be considered for a rapid-fire panel presentation (There will be 10 presentations, each 6:40 mins) please send five jpeg images, a 1 paragraph bio, and a 1-2 paragraph description of your 3D print activities to: Rachel Clarke and Tom Burtonwood (rclarke@csus.edu and tburtonwood@gmail.com) by Dec 1, 2013

Call for Questions/topics: please send topics/questions for the discussion in advance to the emails above.

About the Panel and Roundtable
A massive expansion of 3D printing in the prosumer market has made it possible for artists and designers to use 3D print technologies in their practice. This evolution began with the development of expensive commercial print services to which files could be sent for production — services that expanded due to the availability of a growing variety of printing materials.

With the advent of open source 3D printers, such as the RepRap project, the cost of this technology has come down significantly, opening up this sector to makers, hackers, hobbyists and educators. This in turn ignited the explosion of consumer facing brands and systems such as Makerbot, Printrbot and Ultimaker.

As the price of printers decreases, many art / technology / new media departments in colleges and Universities have acquired a 3D printer or are planning to purchase one. This roundtable is an opportunity to explore and discuss the emerging field of 3D printing in the art and technology / studio art context, with particular focus on pedagogy.

● What are best practices for 3D printing in the curriculum?
● What are the obstacles to establishing a successful integration of 3D printing into the curriculum?
● What types of machines are available and what do they do?
● What safety concerns are there, what standards should be adopted or followed?

In addition to pedagogical concerns, artists/designers can discuss how they integrate 3D printing into their practice, and how 3D printing has changed their work:

● How does art practice and 3D pedagogy intersect?
● What new practices are emerging from the blurring of distinctions between the virtual realm and the physical one?

The concurrent 3D print show, Art2Make at Columbia College’s Center for Book and Paper provides a context for what is possible and how 3D printing is being adopted as a medium.

Who is the Roundtable for?
The 3D printing roundtable welcomes artists and designers who are conversant with 3D CG and 3D printing, educators who are using 3D printing, artists and educators who are beginning to explore the possibilities of these technologies, AND those who are simply curious about this emerging technology.

Panel and Roundtable format:
Introduction / rapid fire presentations by panelists / questions and group discussion / breakout sessions / conclusions

This event is sponsored by the College Art Association's New Media Caucus


Media-N Journal Edition: Dynamic Coupling

Mon Nov 15, 2010 00:00 - Mon Nov 15, 2010

United States of America


How can one navigate an art career based upon collaborative practice? And an academic career where collaboration is pivotal…how can it work? These are some of the many questions our fall 2010 edition guest editors, Jessica Westbrook and Adam Trowbridge, a successful collaborating couple themselves, asked a group of established artist-couples working in new media.

The responses are at times fascinating, intimate and humorous-as we are given a rare glimpse into these artists’ worlds through their shared practice-and at others, informative and thought provoking, as they recount their experiences and describe the advantages and difficulties of “dynamic coupling”.

This edition poses timely questions relating to both the making and teaching of new media. It seems that of all art practices, new media lends itself best to collaboration and shared expertise. Yet while the art world can adapt quickly to evolutions in working modes (embracing them as novel and interesting) the financial and structural model of academia make it less agile in responding to changes that could shift teaching philosophies and curricula in such new directions, re-shaping the way artists think, make and create.

Contributors: Shannon McMullen and Fabian Winkler, Petra Bachmaier and Sean Gallero of Luftwerk, Annette Barbier and Drew Browning of Un-real Estates, Margarita Benitez and Markus Vogl of // benitez\_vogl, Krista Birnbaum and David Politzer, Jon Brumit and Sarah Wagner, JonCates && Jake Elliot, Ben Chang and Silvia Ruzanka, Eva and Franco Mattes aka 0100101110101101.ORG, Sean Fletcher and Isabel Reichert, Tali Hinkis and Kyle Lapidus of LoVid, Sven Humphrey and Robyn Voshardt, Jennifer and Kevin McCoy, Stephan Hillerbrand and Mary Magsamen, of Hillerbrand+Magsamen, Leila Christine Nadir and Cary Peppermint, of ecoarttech, Julio Obelleiro and Casilda Sanchez, Ken Rinaldo and Amy Youngs, Jessica Westbrook and Adam Trowbridge.
Reviews: Pat Badani, Jim Jeffers and Daniël Ploeger

Rachel Clarke
Editor in Chief, Media-N
Fall 2010


Under Fire: 3D Animation Pedagogy

Thu Jun 23, 2011 22:40 - Thu Jun 23, 2011

The summer 2011 edition of Media-N originates from the panel, Under
Fire: 3D Animation Pedagogy and Industry Complicity in New Media
Education, at the College Arts Association Conference in Chicago, in
2010. It was co-chaired by Claudia Hart (Associate Professor,
Department of Film, Video, New Media, Animation at the School of the
Art Institute, Chicago) and Rachel Clarke (Associate Professor of
Electronic Art at California State University, Sacramento).
Each of the panelists at the conference addressed the topic from the
perspective of their role as 3D animation educators, and also as
practicing artists in the field. Many of the challenges brought up in
the panel resurface for further investigation in this edition: the
authors expand on the issues they face, discuss the ways they deal with
the notion of “industry complicity,” and posit various ideas for
rethinking the 3D animation curriculum.
Contributors: Rachel Clarke, Claudia Hart, Gregory Little, Michael Rees, Bruce Wands, Shane Mecklenburger, Claudia Herbst-Tait and Joshua Mosley. Additional papers by Daniela Krautsack and Shannon McMullen.


Media-N Conference Edition, Chicago 2010

Thu Jun 17, 2010 00:00 - Thu Jun 17, 2010

This edition of Media-N celebrates the successes of the New Media Caucus at the 2010 CAA Conference in Chicago, featuring image and video documentation of the events, papers from the panels, a review from the Live Cinema Summit, and an outline of the Tenure Track Roundtable. The expansiveness of topics and diversity of offerings reflects upon the growth of the Caucus itself, and its emerging leadership role in representing the multi-faceted, complex and ever-changing character of the new media field in education, research and practice. Special thanks to all involved: Paul Catanese, NMC President, the NMC executive team and event organizers, NMC and CAA members who attended the events, and the panel chairs and authors who contributed to this edition.

Please also note our new Call for Papers:


Dynamic Coupling
Total immersion in new media practice: What happens when a shared life blurs with shared research?

Guest Edited by Jessica Westbrook

Thursday, September 16, 2010

There is a history to artists coupling domestically and collaborating professionally: John Cage and Merce Cunningham, Bernd and Hilla Becher, Charles and Ray Eames, Ed and Nancy Kienholz, Christo and Jean Claude, Gilbert and George, Niki de Saint Phalle and Jean Tinguely, Annelise and Joseph Albers are just a few examples of couples sharing a life and sharing a practice. This level of commitment and collaboration brings with it not only an air of romance and intrigue, but also points out the obvious potential for collaboration (broadly speaking) and interpersonal connection to produce something substantial (dialogue, skill, intensity, ambition, outcome) that is exponentially greater than individual parts. How has this kind of "dynamic coupling" translated into current new media practice? This call for submissions asks for insight on new media couples who share a practice and share a life. How immersive can it get? What do these new media couples make, and how do they work? What happens when a shared life blurs with shared professional research? Are there philosophical motivations in the decision or inclination to work as a couple/collaboratively (e.g. feminist, open source, post-structural perspectives, etc)? How do couples present and talk about projects? Does this shared practice extend into the classroom and/or inform a teaching/co-teaching philosophy?

Authors and artists are invited to submit articles, papers, case studies, interviews, and project documentation in response to the theme. Notice of acceptance and/or further requests will be made in late September 2010.

Jessica Westbrook, Assistant Professor, Department of Contemporary Practices, School of the Art Institute of Chicago jessicajessicawestbrookcom


agriART: Companion Planting for Social and Biological Systems

Mon Dec 28, 2009 00:00 - Mon Dec 28, 2009

United States of America

This edition of Media-N, “agriART: Companion Planting for Social and Biological Systems” evolves out of an exhibition at the Fine Arts Gallery, George Mason University, Virginia in spring 2009. These artists and researchers investigate “agri-Art”, a field emerging out of bio-art, and a term coined for artwork that “critically engages with cultures of food production and consumption as a specific site of biopolitics” (Mark Cooley and Ryan Griffis). Presenting startling revelations about the nature of agribusiness and food production, what characterizes the artists and projects featured is the commitment to utilize a relational model - one that repositions art practice and redefines its purpose - employing the transformative power of art to effect social change.
Special thanks to Mark Cooley and Ryan Griffis for guest-editing this thought-provoking edition of Media-N.

Rachel Clarke
Editor-in-Chief, Media-N (journal of the New Media Caucus)
Vice President for Publications, New Media Caucus