The Facility for Arts Research (FAR), part of Florida State University’s College of Fine Arts, supports rigorous investigation and inquiry across artistic media and disciplines with a focus on technological innovation. FAR incorporates formLab, which gives artists, designers and scientists access to a variety of tools to engage in hybrid digital/physical practices, and Small Craft Advisory Press (SCAP), which blends traditional and digital printmaking processes to create collaborative artists’ books, and REBOOT, a laboratory that looks toward our culture’s production of waste as a point of departure for a critical engagement with technology. FAR’s mission is to develop and share arts research-related resources with Florida State University and the larger community, providing a variety of classroom experiences, residencies, exhibitions, internship/volunteer opportunities and workshops.
Founded in 2009 by Denise Bookwalter, Small Craft Advisory Press (SCAP) is an artists book press at Florida State University’s Facility for Arts Research (FAR) in Tallahassee, Florida. Originally housed in the basement of the Kellogg Research Building on Florida State University’s main campus, SCAP uses old and new print technologies — namely letterpress, 3d scanner, 3d printer and laser cutter — to create collaborative artists’ books. Our mission is to enable artists and scholars to create artists book editions that push the boundaries and traditions of the book arts.
REBOOT is a laboratory that looks toward our culture’s production of waste as a point of departure for a critical engagement with technology. Our approach is rooted in the visual arts and is driven by our collective knowledge of process, materials, and experimentation; as well as a commitment to revealing the social, political, and environmental aspects of technology. Founded in the summer of 2015 by Assistant Professor in Art Rob Duarte, REBOOT is part of the Florida State University Department of Art and the Facility for Arts Research.
Through collaborations with artists and researchers at FSU and beyond, REBOOT projects cast a critical eye on technoculture and the logical consequences of the ways in which we produce, consume, and discard technology. This examination of the political components of technology occurs through a hands-on process of thinking and making, with the goal of provoking discussion and action that will bring about alternative, preferred futures.
Founded by Chad Eby, formLab gives artists, designers and scientists access to a variety of tools they can use to create unique 3D objects and explore and visualize form in a tactile, multi-sensory way. formLab offers space and specialized equipment for spatial audio, electronics, digital fabrication and rapid prototyping. Within the formLab a 3D printing lab, a laser lab, and a materials processing lab offer available resources for qualified participants to utilize these resources for their projects.