CreatorsTech + CTC



July 27th - Aug 1st, 2019

1:30-6pm, Daily

Macy Art Gallery, Macy Hall 455

Teachers College, Columbia University

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Creators Tech, LLC( is a NYC based EdTech enterprise that strives to provide diversified learning experiences through new media forms. In summer 2019, Creators Tech collaborated with QC Maker Ltd(, a leading maker space affiliated with Tsinghua University in China, and launched an international K12 Creative Technology summer bootcamp initiative. Alongside Stanford University, University of California Berkeley, Teachers College, Columbia University have been confirmed as the inaugural educational partners of this US-China initiative.

In summer 2019, 8 young learners aged 13 to 18 and 3 instructors from QC Maker in China will be visiting the Creative Technologies Certificate concentration at Teachers College, Columbia University. They will attend a 6-day creative technologies-bootcamp, designed and taught by CTC faculty and students at Teachers College, Columbia University. Both institutions have expressed interests to expand this pilot visit to an ongoing US-China creative technology education initiative in the near future. Please see below for detailed information.

Daily Schedule

1:30pm-3:30pm: lecture and inClass lab

3:30pm-4:00pm: break activities

4:00-6:00pm:  guided lab session

Program Synopsis

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Faculty Advisor

Richard Jochum

Richard Jochum is a conceptual artist working in a broad variety of media with a strong focus on video, interactive installation, performance, and photography. He is a studio member at the Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts and an associate professor of art and art education at Teachers College, Columbia University. He has worked in various media since the late 1990s and has had 200 international exhibitions and screenings. Richard Jochum received his PhD from the University of Vienna (1997) and an MFA in sculpture and media art from the University of Applied Arts in Vienna (2001). His art practice is accompanied by publications and research in the field of cultural theory, new media, and contemporary art and he has been awarded several grants and prizes. One of his latest large scale art installations has been a 30,000 square feet collaborative video mapping project onto the Manhattan Bridge.


Instructor Bio

Erin Riley

Erin Riley is the Mr. and Mrs. Alexander Jackson Director of the Engineering and Design Lab at Greenwich Academy, a preK-12 independent school for girls. Working in a hands-on studio/lab environment for 18 years and teaching in a variety of schools, has allowed Erin to mentor other educators from a diversity of experiences and perspectives. Erin has developed a language for working with teachers in both STEM and the humanities to craft personal and uniquely integrated projects that meet both classroom learning objectives and school-wide curricular threads for engineering and design. Erin is among the first cohort of Senior FabLearn Fellows at Stanford University where she writes on the topic of maker education, curriculum design, and the intersection of art, design and engineering. She holds an MFA from Maryland Institute College of Art.

Autumn Lin Riser

Autumnlin is best known for her one-of-a-kind couture zipper pieces. Her designs have been worn by celebrities including Cher, Kylie Minogue, and Steve Aoki. Her work has been published in Harper’s Bazaar Vietnam, Vogue UK, and ZINK; and she has been featured in national ad campaigns for YKK USA and MAC Cosmetics. She was one of the top 3 finalists on Bravo’s “Styled to Rock”; hand-picked by Rihanna to be mentored by Mel Ottenberg and Pharrell Williams. She was the winner of the 2012 RAW ARTIST “Fashion Designer of the Year” award, was a Designer-in-Residence in the 2012 Philadelphia Fashion Incubator, and has had the honor of showing her work at New York Fashion Week, Philadelphia Fashion Week, Boston Fashion Week, RAW Hollywood and the San Francisco MOMA. She has a passion for creative technology and is currently developing her digital fabrication skills in lasercutting,  Shima Seiki computerized knitting, digital embroidery,  soft circuit electronics, and 3D modeling. Autumnlin is a faculty at Drexel University’s college of Media Arts and Design.


Catherine Lan

Catherine Lan is an interdisciplinary artist with a focus on painting, mixed media art, installation, performance, and video. Currently a doctoral student at Teachers College, Columbia University in the Art and Art Education program, she obtained MFA from Yale University, Artist Diploma from National Higher School of Fine Arts of Paris, and Bachelors of Fine Arts from Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing. She is the recipient of Queens Council on the Arts Grant for Individual Artists (2015) and Yale University Andrea Frank Foundation Sanyu Scholarship Fund (2008-2009). Recently, she has been exploring cross-disciplinary art collaborations that hybridize installation, technology, performance, film, and music. In 2017, she showed at the Central Park 50th Anniversary Performance Art happening event and Vancouver Art Gallery. She has recently exhibited at the Queens Museum and El Museo de Los Sures in New York, and Guanshanyue Museum and He Xiangning Art Museum in Shenzhen, China.

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