The StudioLab is a new versatile, welcoming, and engaging space for collaboration and creation across the disciplines. The CST developed the StudioLab to bring together students, faculty, and staff, independent of area of concentration, to explore the intersections and shared creativity across STEM, the arts, humanities, and social sciences, contributing to CST’s efforts to broaden intellectual experiences and perspectives, inspire new synergies, and cultivate creativity. The space features motion capture, virtual reality, theater lighting, sound system, dance flooring, robots, 3D printing, conductive fabric and sewing, laser cutting, CNC milling, electronics, computers, building, and more. Programmatic initiatives include courses, labs, studios, student projects, student-led and staff-led activities and workshops, open creative hours, and thematic “hackathons” on social justice topics. These initiatives advance engagement and diversify participation within and across the disciplines, and offer new opportunities to create community.
For his junior project, Eric Hayes ’18 is working on a collaboration with the Princeton Laptop Orchestra that involves motion capture of dancers from a variety of different dance forms including hip-hop and breakdance. The motion capture data will be incorporated in a generative music performance by the Laptop Orchestra. Eric designed a series of wearable bands on which he placed different combinations of motion tracking markers so that each skeletal joint of the human model (head, wrist, elbows, forearms, waist, thighs, knees, ankles) would be independently recognized and tracked by the motion capture system.
On Friday, February 24, 2017, students created paper "pentatonic scale" pianos. They used ink and lead as conductive materials that can be translated into circuit making.