CCA in the Media News

Posted on Monday, June 22, 2015 by Laura Braun

When did the central aim of parenting become preparing children for success? This reigning paradigm, which dictates that every act of nurturing be judged on the basis of whether it will usher a child toward a life of accomplishment or failure, embodies the fundamental insecurity of global capitalist culture, with its unbending fixation on prosperity and the future. It’s no surprise that parenting incites such heated debates, considering how paradoxical these principles can be when they’re applied to children.

Posted on Monday, June 22, 2015 by Laura Braun

Adaptive Playscapes is a collaborative project between KIDMob, Public Workshop, California College of the Arts, and the Market Street Prototyping Festival in San Francisco. The goal was to create a kid-built, mobile, modular play structure to be installed publicly on Market Street in San Francisco. For the partner organizations, the most important part was not the final product, but rather the design and building workshops that would lead up to the completion of the project.

Posted on Monday, June 22, 2015 by Laura Braun

The Mobile Craft Module, a product of the Prototyping Mobility Advanced Architecture Studio led by Adam Marcus at California College of the Arts, proposes an architecture of deployable structures that can be reconfigured to serve a variety of functions. The twin modules can be arranged in multiple ways to facilitate exhibition space, event space, and work space, and they nest together to become secure at night.

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Posted on Thursday, June 18, 2015 by Laura Braun

The social network’s first woman, Goodin initially saw Facebook “as just a fun thing that my friends made,” but over time, “it morphed into the zeitgeist while I watched,” she said. She’s currently earning an M.F.A. in design from the California College of the Arts and hopes to launch her own consultancy to craft sustainable products that improve people’s lives. “I’m not there yet,” she said, “but a gal can dream.”

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Posted on Thursday, June 18, 2015 by Laura Braun

I don’t like when people say: “I’m just not creative”. It doesn’t make me mad, but that’s my least favorite phrase in the world because I think it’s a cop out. I’m here to tell all of you out there who think creativity is some grand, innate talent that it’s not: it’s entirely learnable, and you’re all creative – you just don’t know it yet.

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Posted on Thursday, June 18, 2015 by Laura Braun

Every year, I’m looking forward to May and June. Those are the months for student graduations, and for fashion schools, the annual student fashion shows. I love to see the runway featuring graduating student works, to catch a glimpse of their fashion point of view as they are about to embark their professional career in fashion. For some of the students, the annual fashion show is their last chance to present a concept purely from their own.

Posted on Wednesday, June 17, 2015 by Laura Braun

This rack is specifically designed to hold bar clamps and can help with productivity, organization, and can be easily built to your shop’s needs. This design was borrowed from the clamp rack in the shop at California College of the Arts where I go to school, but I made some tweaks to the design to make it more aesthetically pleasing, as I’m a furniture maker by trade. Bar clamps are commonly used in making furniture, and thus I’ve relied on them heavily over the years. It was nice to finally get a chance to build a nice home for them.

Posted on Wednesday, June 17, 2015 by Laura Braun

One for-credit course already offered is “Intro to Programming for Musicians and Digital Artists,” taught by Kapur through California Institute of the Arts. Four courses are currently live on the site, with two more to follow on sound production and concert technology in July. Ten others are in the works from institutions including Princeton, UCLA, California College of the Arts, the Massachusetts College of Art and Design, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Goldsmiths University of London, Cornish College of the Arts, and the National University of Singapore.

Posted on Monday, June 15, 2015 by Laura Braun

Last semester, California College of the Arts (CCA) scholar-in-residence Chris Treggiari turned to Potrero Hill to serve as his studio class’s primary subject.   Treggiari directed students in his Making the Invisible Visible course to develop new ways to enliven Starr King Open Space.

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Posted on Monday, June 15, 2015 by Laura Braun

There is a slow buzz of satire throughout Josephine Pryde’s solo exhibition at the Wattis Institute of Contemporary Arts. Rather than attempting to take the work in as a whole, each photograph requires a lingering study, one by one, in order to notice the humor gurgling to the surface, lest the works be easily dismissed as diaristic. What better way to do this than to ride on a tiny freight-train! Seemingly a gimmick at first, this wholly necessary activity is offered up for viewers: ride a little train to view the photos alongside the track.

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