Esteban Garcia’s work is inspired by the intersection of art and technology. To him, the two disciplines are not separate, they are forever connected. Leonardo DaVinci’s drawings, for example, inspired future flying machines. And Bell Research Labs helped develop digital photography and cell phones as part of research projects without end goals.“The tradition of technological innovation through artistic experimentation still remains today,” Garcia says. That goes for his courses, as well. Garcia teaches technical concepts while exposing his students to emerging technologies. And in the field of computer graphics, new technologies are always emerging. As part of the Shape Lab he is creating new course experiences in interactive art and design, code-based visualization, and human-computer interaction. “The curriculum would be more flexible to adapt rapidly to social and technological changes,” he says.
Garcia envisions Shape Lab as new learning environment where collaboration areas for students also become their preferred socializing areas. Faculty will mentor in designing, prototyping and fabricating digital objects of creative technology.
Esteban is an Assistant professor in the Department of Computer Graphics Technology.
Ph.D. in technology with a focus on computer art history, Purdue University
MFA in electronic and time-based media arts, Purdue University
BFA in media arts , Universidad de los Andes, Bogota, Colombia