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October 5-7, 2023

Creative Tech Week

What is Creative Tech Week?

Creative Tech Week is an annual conference hosted by ArtCenter College of Design, which illuminates pathways for engaging with creative technology and offers key insights on present and future trends, challenges and opportunities. Educators, artists, designers, technologists, students and the general public are all invited to join.

Each year’s participants and themes are chosen to highlight the College's influence on creative technology and the expanding roles of artists and designers across creative industry.

Event Schedule

Thursday, October 5th

Immersion Lab Open House

3:00PM to 5:00PM

Located at ArtCenter’s South Campus, the immersion lab hosts eight workstations and a dynamic technology library that includes a diverse array of virtual/mixed reality headsets, cameras motion capture suits, and sensor devices.

As a transdisciplinary resource, the Immersion Lab serves as a center for students, faculty and the spatial computing community to exchange skills and ideas, advancing the discourse around the future of augmented reality, mixed reality, virtual reality and everything in between. Join us for an open house to learn all about this resource and get your hands on some of the tech!

The Immersion Lab Open House will take place at ArtCenter's South Campus located at 950 S. Raymond Ave, Pasadena, CA 91105.

Jenny Rodenhouse

Jenny Rodenhouse

Jenny Rodenhouse is an interaction designer based in Los Angeles. She is the Associate Chair of the Interaction Design BS program and the Faculty Director of the Immersion Lab at ArtCenter College of Design.

We Are As Gods Screening and Q+A

6:00PM to 8:30PM

This documentary film offers a deep dive into the many sides of Stewart Brand—creator of The Whole Earth Catalog, an influential member of Ken Kesey’s “The Merry Pranksters,” and founder of the modern environmental movement. Brand’s approach to his work and life influenced many, including Steve Jobs, who have gone on to shape our modern world. Now in his 80’s, he looks to leave a legacy for the long-term future with his efforts to resurrect ecosystems through de-extinction.

The screening will be followed by Q&A with co-executive producer Everett Katigbak (BFA 06 Graphic Design).

Everett Katigbak

Everett Katigbak

Everett is the brand design lead at Anthropic, an artificial intelligence safety research firm focused on aligning AI with human values and building safe AI infrastructure. He is a storyteller, designer, and failed musician residing in the San Francisco Bay Area, who assists emerging companies in developing their brand identities.

Friday, October 6th

Faculty Futurist Forum

12:00PM to 4:00PM

What does it mean to be a futurist at ArtCenter? Our faculty represent a diverse range of futurist perspectives spanning foresight, speculative fiction and imaginaries. How do their practices intersect with creative technology and design? Where are they seeing opportunities for creatives to contribute in this space?

After the forum, join the panelists and ArtCenter community for an on-campus reception with refreshments.

Session curated by ArtCenter Professor and Futurist Julian Scaff

Panelists: Mashinka Hakopian, Richard Pelletier, Petra Wennberg, Sean Donahue, Tim Durfee

Julian Scaff

Julian Scaff

Julian Scaff is the Associate Chair of the Interaction Design MDes program at ArtCenter College of Design. His areas of expertise lie in interaction design, design research, HCI, and futurecasting.

Mashinka Hakopian

Mashinka Hakopian

Mashinka Firunts Hakopian is an Armenian writer, artist, and researcher with expertise in technology and social justice. Her research delves into producing alternative imaginaries of the future by studying cultural practices.

Richard Pelletier

Richard Pelletier

Richard is Associate Chair of the Transportation Systems and Design master of science program. He is also Head of Design at, a mobility venture focused on social and environmental justice.

Petra Wennberg (GRPK 94)

Petra Wennberg (BFA 94 Graphic Design)

Petra is a human-centered designer and cofounder of the digital product design studio Interactivism. As an early internet pioneer, she focuses on the intersection between humans and technology and has extensive experience designing disruptive products in search, social media, adtech, fintech, digital identity, and blockchain for startups and Fortune 50 companies.

Sean Donahue

Sean Donahue

Sean Donahue is internationally recognized for his social justice driven design research. He in teaches in ArtCenter's Graduate Media Design Practices program and is principal of RCD/LA, his award-winning California based Design studio. 

Tim Durfee

Tim Durfee

Tim Durfee's diverse solo and collaborative projects range in discipline, scale, and context and have been honored by the American Institute of Architects, the American Institute of Graphic Arts, Architizer, PRINT, and BUILD. 

Evening Reception

4:00PM to 6:00PM

Saturday, October 7th

Keynote Speech by Henrik Fisker

10:00AM to 11:00AM

Henrik Fisker

Henrik Fisker

Mr. Henrik Fisker is Fisker Inc.’s Co-founder and has served as the company’s Chairman of the Board of Directors and Chief Executive Officer since the company’s inception in 2016. He is synonymous with iconic cars and leadership in electric vehicle development with a passion for technology and futuristic design.

Creative Tech and Geospatial Systems with Jenny Liang and Natalie Barrett

11:00AM to 12:00PM

Jenny Liang and Natalie Barrett shed light on the current state of geospatial systems and why it is important for artists and designers to imagine and develop new ways to work with the data and technology underlying satellites, sensors and earth observation.

Jenny Liang

Jenny Liang

Jenny is an innovation expert, educator and scientist focused on developing equitable emerging technologies. She is a founder of Four Resolutions, a startup that develops aerospace applications for cities, and is the Chief Innovation Officer, Board Member and Secretary General of Sostento, a nonprofit serving frontline healthcare workers.

Natalie Barrett

Natalie Barrett

Natalie Barrett serves as a nonresident senior fellow at the Atlantic Council’s GeoTech Center and a Loomis Council Member at the Stimson Center. While at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (JHU/APL), she primarily focused on human-machine teams, artificial intelligence, advanced communications and climate strategy.

Lunch Reception

12:00PM to 1:00PM

Keynote Speech by Iddris Sandu

1:00PM to 2:00PM

Iddris Sandu

Iddris Sandu

Iddris Sandu is the Founder and Creative Visionary of Spatial Labs, an innovative hardware startup that develops products at the intersection of physical products and digital identity. Spatial Labs believes in creating a more conscious world where technology products behave more humanly.

Making Access with Joshua Halstead & Zebreda Dunham

2:00PM to 3:00PM

With climate-related disasters on the rise and the "Silver Tsunami" upon us, today’s 15% of the world’s population living with a disability is expanding. Our designed world, therefore, ought to be accessible. Join disabled designers, Joshua Halstead and Zebreda Dunham, as they inventory their own creative and critical practices around making access.

Joshua Halstead (he/him)

Joshua Halstead (he/him)

Joshua Halstead is an Assistant Professor and Faculty Director at ArtCenter College of Design's Designmatters department. He specializes in exploring the intersection of critical disability studies, philosophy of technology, and design ethics.

Zebreda Dunham  (she/her)

Zebreda Dunham (she/her)

Born with a disability, Zebreda Dunham is a MacGyver-like designer of accessible worlds. From inventing devices to open doors, handle scissors, and play soccer, to tinkering with the body itself as an assistive technology, Dunham navigates independence by bringing together unlikely ideas, objects, and communities. Taken together, Dunham’s body of work points toward a future that is creatively (and unapologetically) accessible.

Inventing for Virtual Production: Camera, Sensors and Screens with Eddy Vajarakitipongse

3:00PM to 4:00PM

How are creatives adapting, blending and merging existing technologies to develop new modes of virtual production for entertainment and game design? Learn how traditional camera systems, sound stages and post-production techniques are transforming into a new mode of creative making.

Eddy Vajarakitipongse

Eddy V.

Eddy founded YaKnowLike studios in 2017, an Extended Reality (XR) technology and production syndicate and full-service experiential creative agency based in Southern California that fuses cognitive research, technology, and art. Eddy is also Director of LAVA (Los Angeles Video Artists) —a community of video artists and creative technologists working primarily in the field of immersive experiential digital art.


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