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RISD STEAM, Brown STEAM and the MIT Media Lab Present Human + Computer at Exposé on February 15


RISD STEAM, Brown STEAM and the MIT Media Lab present Human + Computer, a show at RISD's student-run gallery Exposé. The opening will take place at 7 p.m. on February 15 (and remain open for one week) at Exposé, located on 204 Westminster Street in Providence, RI. It will include music, refreshments, interactive works, and limited-edition prints will be distributed to attendees. The show explores themes of transhumanism, human computer interaction, and the shifting of human relationships caused by technology.

The show is the capstone of a workshop series of the same title, which has occurred over the past three weeks during which RISD, Brown, and MIT students worked collaboratively on work that was critical of the way we experience wearable tech. It also features work from the RISD, Brown, and MIT community at large. This workshop has inspired students at MIT to start their own group, MIT STEAM.

This class combined the design of new body/machine interfaces with learning relevant technical skills in electronics, digital fabrication, and programming. With a focus on building wearable devices, human augmentation, and alternative, more visceral forms of communication, students worked in groups to conceptualize, prototype, and build functioning versions of their ideas. Students were introduced to digital fabrication processes like lasercutting and 3d printing, all the while staying in touch with fine art processes and critique. 

Example works include a device that communicates ones heart beat wirelessly to a loved one, a garment that resembles a swarm of butterflies that challenges one's perception of the real, and a silicone cast brain that visualizes the cognition of the person holding it. Follow the course blog for more details.

STEAM is a movement championed by and widely adopted by institutions, corporations and individuals over the last several years. An acronym for adding the Arts to STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics), STEAM represents an integrative and multidisciplinary approach to learning and making. More info at

With support from RISD CSI, RISD Architecture and Design, the RISD Edna Lawrence Nature Lab, Brown Engineering Department and CAMIT.

About Rhode Island School of Design

Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) has earned an international reputation as the leading college of art and design in the United States. Approximately 2,400 students from around the world study at RISD, pursuing full-time bachelor’s or master’s degree programs in a choice of 19 studio majors. RISD is known for its phenomenal faculty of artists and designers, the breadth of its specialized facilities and its hands-on, studio-based approach to learning – one in which critical thinking informs making works by hand. Required courses in the liberal arts provide an essential complement to studio work, enabling graduates to become critical and informed individuals eager to engage with the world. Through the accomplishments of its 26,000 alumni, the college champions the vital role artists and designers play in satisfying the global demand for innovation. Founded in 1877, RISD (pronounced “RIZ-dee”) and the RISD Museum of Art help make Providence, RI among the most culturally active and creative cities in the region. For more information, visit or

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RISD has a long history of offering Saturday and after-school classes for children and teens, as this photo from c. 1910 confirms.