Welcome to BetaSpace!

A community space that encourages student interaction with technology through inquiry, play and collaboration.

DeKalb Gallery: January 21st – March 6th
Materials and Technology Gallery, ARC: February 24th – March 14th

Programming of the space aims to introduce students to new technologies, inspire their curiosity and develop comfort and fluency through play. A programming calendar will be available online and physically in the space at all times and students, faculty and staff are encouraged to propose and coordinate their own programming ideas throughout the run of the space. Examples of events include presentations by Pratt faculty of ongoing research, introductions to local businesses bridging visual languages and technology and talks with artists whose practice explores scientific language and/or technological fabrication. Workshops will include basic virtual reality experiences, documenting student’s work with digital photography and color theory, online avatar identity and introductions to robotics.

In addition to programming, the space is open 9am-5pm, M-F for students to come by and interact with digital microscopes, electronics materials, AV equipment, theory-based board games, and computers w/ access to online gaming/VR. An environment based on collaboration and peer-to-peer learning will be encouraged where students can experiment with technology in visual and hands-on ways. The space will be staffed with one or more monitors who can help troubleshoot specific questions, encourage student research and develop student-led projects. Discrete ‘learning centers’ will be available in the space that introduce students to basic scientific phenomenon that relates to a visual understanding of the world (such as color theory or material density).

We aim to have a correlating website with project documentation and an up-to-date calendar for the run of the project.

Basem Aly – Associate Director of Research and Strategic Projects, Interactive Services Harriet Salmon – Fine Arts Operations Manager, School of Art
Helio Takai – Interim Dean, School of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Joseph Morris – Form & Technology Labs manager, School of Design
Mary Lempress – Department Technician, Math and Science

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