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Futures: Trends in Science and Technology and their Implications for Art and Performance

December 8 @ 12:00 pm - 6:00 pm

The day will consist of five 50 minute sessions, each a lecture or a discussion. Each session will look at trends and possible futures for a specific area of science or technology and how artists and performers might begin to embrace what’s coming. The five sessions will be followed by a casual gathering, an opportunity meet to meet and talk with the speakers and fellow participants.” (Promo Copy)

“Michael Cohen, Director of Computational Photography at Facebook, will look at developments in computational photography and their implications for art and artists.
Janet Galore, interdisciplinary artist and designer and Co-Director of The Grocery Studios, will talk about data, how “data we create by simply living in society drives some of the most important advances in technology. We’ll look at opportunities to interrogate, shift, and reclaim its uses.”
Aaron Hertzmann, Principal Scientist at Adobe Research in San Francisco and an Affiliate Professor at the University of Washington, will address the question, “Can Computers Make Art?” while exploring how recent machine learning and neural network projects have the potential to become new tools for artists.
A discussion will explore developments in virtual reality and augmented reality, looking at where we’re going, and how new directions are affecting VR and AR as art and storytelling. Currently we have as guests:Sandy Cioffi, co-founder, FEARLESS
Jude (Jing) Dai, founder, Immersive Square
And we’re currently talking with a couple of others.
A second discussion, the last of the five sessions, will explore what we mean when we talk about “technology.” If we’re looking at future trends in science and technology, can we also go in the opposite direction, to revisit older technologies and get a deeper understanding of them? Can we rethink our relationships to both science and technology, especially as they interact with nature/ecology, as a way forward in art? And does that interaction with nature and ecology have implications for environmental justice, and social justice more broadly? We’re still working on putting this one together. Stay tuned.”