I have the honor of serving as judge for another year at MIT Hacking Arts 2016 Hackathon that follows an incredibly inspiring conference filled with panels on the intersection of technology and art.
More quotes below.
Dance & New Media
First time I heard the term X-Shaped when describing a designer: a combination of science, art, technology and business.
My favorite quote is from Mio.
And more …
What motivates me in my work is boredom and curiosity. I use technology as a metaphor for spirituality that comes out through light or sound. /Maziar Ghaderi, Playperformance
A machine tries to behave as human while humans try to become robotic. Then they overlap and we see what can overlap and what can be replaced. When we subtract all the overlapping parts, we get the real human result. /Christian “Mio” Loclair, Waltzbinaire
I think about how I can control the atmosphere.” /Sidra Bell
I am interested in inserting black culture as featuring mechanisms into digital media, narrative or text. To explore superposition of digital and human. /Andre M. Zachery, Renegade Performance Group
Technology can provide agency to movement and dance, but also allow audiences to interact with it. /Sidra Bell
Technology is part of our life. Dance can add a creative element to technology, it can make it more expressive. /Maria Takeuchi - Asphyxia
There was a lively discussion about tools, Isadora was mentioned several times.
Biotech and Arts
Joe Davis is a living mad scientist at the Thomas Schwartz Lab, MIT Biology. Joe notably created the first digital image out of molecules of DNA (Microvenus). Things have evolved a bit and we now have CRISPR and can store movies in DNA. Since Earth will evolve into something DNA-based that is not us, maybe we can store the entire human history in the earth biome? DNA will be our time machine!
Adidas’ biodegradable sneakers were naturally talked about.
We live in a brave new world of synthetic biology. /David Sun Kong
Nature -> Science -> Technology -> Society is bullshit. These are all interconnected. /Christina Agapakis
A lot of great design and artwork was done by collaborating with synthetic biologists. With the right tools we can help a seven year old become a synthetic biologist in a week-end. /Julie Legault
Artists play an important role in the demystification of the biotech ideas. /Natalie Kuldell
Now is the time for art to be critical. Look out for all of us during the new administration. /Christina Agapakis
Before biowork we had Dracula and Frankenstein. /Joe Davis
And my favorite.
Just like with the printing press, there’re some concerns with A.I. /Julie Legault
Remixing Our Senses
Web art has also taken a turn for the worst once the browser wars were over. Things change. While last year at MIT Hacking Arts was all about Virtual Reality, this year was all about Augmented Reality. Commercial pitches included how mixed reality to help solve real problems, such as filling prescriptions accurately.
AR is the tissue between physical and virtual reality. /Allison Woods, Reify
AR can help us shape how we look and how we look at each other. /Jacob Loweenstein, VR@MIT
Use the human more in AR. In a conspiracy story you can tell someone that “the man with a cell phone is spying on you” - there’s always a man with a cell phone in a crowd. Slightly disorienting in a positive way. I see the world as pretty great, still. /Peter Wittig, Motive.io
The reality is that we need companies to fund our experiments. It’s important for creatives to grapple with this and to define what it looks like when moving forward. /Allison Woods
I’m writing a Ph.D. in programmable synthetic hallucinations. /Dan Novy
The intent is always the same, but the tools for you to get there are changing fast and we consume them really fast. /Matheus Barros
There’s a contract that you create with the audience in immersive theater. The audience matters. You have to take into account how the person is going to experience the world. /Shannan Ryan
Mixed reality gives us the opportunity to create a great sense of immersion through suggestion. We can do technologically less for greater immersion. Stories are a way to live more lives than what you’re allocated on this earth. /Dan Novy
How long before we get Pokemon on Broadway with AR headsets and CGI Pickachu? /anonymous audience question
The theme of this panel was learning by doing.
Tools need to become opinionated, because if we don’t we end up with the world as it is right now. /@whoaboard
Could you design new tools to design new tools? Make generative tools? We can create generative learning by teaming humans and machines. People who are good at unlearning things are going to be valuable. The future is not K-12, it’s K-gray. /Mikey McManus
The majority of people around the world believe that the educational system hampered people’s ability to create. /Mark Rupert
Showing the passion, the human being and the uniqueness is the core part of the product. The product is a manifestation of the journey. /Julio Terra