We’re gearing up for a full day of art & tech nerdery and revelry at the #ArtsTech Unconference on Saturday, April 27th. The event will bring together:
- Arts professionals and artists who are using digital media to connect with audiences
- Artists using technology in their creative practice
- Arts & tech start-ups
We asked the #ArtsTech community to submit some ideas for featured sessions, and have selected the best ones from the incredible ideas we received.
Join us on the 27th to participate in one of these sessions or come to lead one of your own. RSVP HERE: http://artstech-unconference.eventbrite.com/
Venue Sponsor: AOL Artists
A Bit About AOL Artists: Unconference Partner
Food Demo will be provided by Plated: Food Meets Tech Meets Creative Good Eats
Session Type: Panel discussions and case studies dealing with digital strategy, social media, online identity management for individuals and organizations.
Unlearning without Deskilling – a Case Study of Art Historians and Engineers on an Impossible Misison
Presenter: Daniel Doubrovkine
This presentation will explain how engineers and art historians worked together to create the Art Genome Project for Artsy. Daniel will explore the tools and methods used in this exciting collaboration between art and science.
Performing Arts for a Wired, 21st Century Audience
Presenter: Kathryn Jones
The performing arts industry is in a crisis – audiences continue on a 30 year declines, revenues are falling, and there are fewer jobs in the performing arts today than there were in 1990. How should the performing arts industry evolve to meet the expectations and desires of a 21st century audience? This panel discussion will explore how technology can help the performing arts adapt to remain relevant today.
Presenter: Brendan Schlagel
Brendan will lead a discussion on how multimedia is changing the nature of storytelling. He will explore everything from specific creative techniques and the pragmatics of telling an engaging story to the fundamental principles that will guide this field forward.
The Audience as Users
Presenter: Ben Elgart
Artists and creative technologists now engage their audiences not just as recipients or participants, but also as users. Methods from a user-centered design approach can help refine your vision to ensure that it opens the appropriate dialogue for your audience. This overview will provide a framework to think about your process and help you identify what techniques will advance your work and when to put them into action.
The Top Ten Strategies for Mastering Social Media in Real Time
Presenters: Susi Kenna & Lucy Redoglia
From press conferences to live performances to public art to high-profile parties—topics will touch on planning techniques, tools of the trade, managing participation, post-event tips and how to be a live tweeting pro. From the initial discussion, participants will compile a useful guide to planning and executing timely social media campaigns.
[Sponsor Session]: SOLO Foundation
[bits and flow] Digital and Social Media for Artists
[Sponsor Session]: Wix
Brand Yourself Online
Session Type: Theoretical discussions around art and digital technology, touching on new media art, media theory, and the aesthetics of code.
Concepts, Code, & Creativity
Presenter: Robert Strati
This roundtable discussion led by Robert Strati explores issues concerning the conceptual connections and trends between contemporary art and technology. Participants will look at examples such as GLI.TC/H Conference, ArtStack, and Mechanical Turk to examine what the current landscape reveals about our intellectual and creative state.
Tactile New Media – Digital Arts meets Traditional Craft
Presenter: Ken Amarit
Part demo, part presentation, part discussion, Tactile New Media explores the role traditional crafting plays in creating works that are ultimately digital. Ken Amarit will begin this session with a demo of his game, Voyager, crafted from wool, stop-motion animated and digitized video game.
Beyond the Algorithm – Beyond the Content of Tech Art
Presenter: Carla Gannis
Beyond the Algorithm will discuss the work of artstech practitioners generating critically and socially engaged content. Topics will include how digital artists use current social networks to traverse class stratification and ethnic divides and why does exclusion still exist once artists are off the network and in the gallery?
1 Second Everyday
Presenter: Cesar Kuriyama
After years working in advertising and frustrated with his memory, Cesar Kuriyama took a year off to record 1 Second Everyday, documenting every moment in his life. Kuriyama will present the project as well as the much-lauded iPhone App.
Session Types: Performance & Hands-on workshop with moderate to advanced technical skills required.
Blogologues: The Internet Performed
Presenters: Allison Goldberg & Jen Jamula
A discussion about why social media is relevant to theater, and how it’s changing storytelling, how theater artists can embrace tech more wholeheartedly, and possible performance of 1-3 short sketches based on live tweets from Unconference participants
Presenter: Julio Terra
One hour hands-on workshop about Spacebrew – a project of the LAB, to build an open, dynamically re-routable software toolkit for choreographing interactive spaces.
Digital Sound Manipulations
Presenter: Michael Feld
A workshop on using every day sounds and objects as instruments as a source for digital music and sonic possibilities. Participants will gain hands on experience working with electronic instruments, working together as an ensemble, and how to use this art form as a teaching tool.
Presenter: Zeeshan Lakhani
A presentation aimed at those without the background in the theory behind programming semantics and design patterns, to show how coding as a discipline that is just as important as the outcome or product of the code itself. Participants will leave knowing how to write better code for collaboration, and recognize some of the elegant abstractions and paradigms that are generalized across the board for all programming languages.
Presenter: Miriam Simun
The session will include a short presentation on the history and socio-technical history of POPS (Privately-Owned Public Spaces), a short presentation and ‘how-to-tips’ on making compelling VINE videos, and then a 20 minute sojurn into the three POPS in Astor Place, where participants will make their own VINE-POPS.
Session Type: Hands-on workshop, no technical skills required.
How Do You See Yourself? A Wearable Tech Workshop
Presenter: Sylvia Heisel
Experimental workshop where users will play with and photograph themselves wearing new tech materials and non-traditional clothing items such as reflective thread, tyvek, and LEDs.
Project Management Skills for Artists, Activists, Anyone
How to be A Secret (Change) Agent in your Organization
Presenters: Jen Leavitt & Michelle Paul
Participatory workshop that hopes to engage everyone in thinking about what makes an organizational change successful.
Data visualizations: techniques and data wrangling procedures
Presenters: Nathan Storey and Michael Thompson
This presentation will look at some awesome data visualizations. Michael will go through some of the techniques he uses in his work and Nathan will touch on some places to look for data, and how to wrangle the data into usable form once you get it.
Session Type: Demo Session with 5 minute lightning round presentations
EatSleepDraw & Beyond
Data Wrangling in NYC
Tonspur – the first truly global music blog
Creating Arts & Culture Mobile Experiences
Art Intelligence: iPad Apps for the Art Geeks
Do Good As You Go & ArtsTech
Thank you to Dark Horse for providing us with wine!
Sponsor Spotlight: S[edition]