CODAsummit: The Intersection of Art, Technology and Place
October 2 - October 4, 2019
El Paso Museum of Art
El Paso, Texas
Commissioning at the Intersection of Art and Technology
Why We Do This: The Power of Art + Technology
How We Did It: Using AI + Art To Transform Space
How We Did It: Overcoming Creative Challenges
Commissioners’ Track: Preservation and Maintenance of Art + Technology
Commissioners’ Track: Art Installation Insurance and Why We Need It
Artist and Architect,
Estudio Guto Requena
Estudio Guto Requena reflects on memory, culture and poetic narratives in different design scales: objects, spaces and cities. At the core of the studio’s projects is an obsession to experiment with digital technologies in an emotional way. Interactive Public Furniture and Urban Art are the studio’s most recent focus.
Guto Requena was born in Sorocaba, Sao Paulo State in 1979. He is an architect with a Master in Architecture & Urban Planning from USP - University of São Paulo. For nine years, he was a researcher at NOMADS.USP – Center for Interactive Living Studies of the University of São Paulo. In 2007 he presented his master’s dissertation, “Hybrid Habitation: Interactivity and Experience in the Cyberculture Era”.
In 2008, Guto founded Estudio Guto Requena. Since then, he has won several awards, and lectured and exhibited in more than 20 countries worldwide. Between 2012 and 2015, Guto wrote a column about design, architecture and urbanism at Folha de São Paulo, one of the major Brazilian newspapers, and collaborated as well with several magazines. Since 2011, Guto has been creating, screenwriting and hosting TV, web and cinema series.
Rafael Lozano-Hemmer was born in Mexico City in 1967. In 1989 he received a B.Sc. in Physical Chemistry from Concordia University in Montréal, Canada.
Recently the subject of solo exhibitions at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the MUAC Museum in Mexico City, and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Sydney, he was the first artist to officially represent Mexico at the Venice Biennale with a solo exhibition at Palazzo Soranzo Van Axel in 2007. He has also shown at Art Biennials and Triennials in Havana, Istanbul, Kochi, Liverpool, Montréal, Moscow, New Orleans, Seville, Seoul, Shanghai, Singapore and Sydney. Collections holding his work include the MoMA in New York, Tate in London, AGO in Toronto, CIFO in Miami, Jumex in Mexico City, DAROS in Zurich, Borusan Contemporary in Istanbul, MUAC in Mexico City, 21st Century Museum of Art in Kanazawa, MAG in Manchester, MUSAC in Leon, MONA in Hobart, ZKM in Karlsruhe, MAC in Montréal and SAM in Singapore, among others.
Artist and Architect,
Marc Fornes is a registered and practicing Architect DPLG specializing in computational design and digital fabrication. He leads MARC FORNES / THEVERYMANY, a Brooklyn- based studio which has evolved a prototypical strategy to unify surface, structure, and spatial experience into a single tectonic system—namely through the invention of Structural Stripes.
Over the last ten years, the studio has designed and built a number of thin-shell pavilions and installations that push the limits of form, structure, and space. These permanent and temporary projects are situated between the fields of art and architecture, with an emphasis on public-facing, spatial artwork. Some of those prototypical architectures have been acquired and exhibited by institutions including the Centre Pompidou (Paris), the FRAC Centre (Orleans), Art Basel Miami, and the Guggenheim (New York), and have sold at auction at Phillips De Pury.
The studio has been acknowledged by the American Institute of Architects as part of New Practices New York in 2012 and by the Architectural League, winning its annual Prize in 2013. Several projects of the studio have gone on to win international awards. Marc has shared his research as a TED Fellow, and in graduate design studios at Columbia GSAPP, Harvard GSD, University of California, University of Michigan and Die Angewandte. As a project architect with Zaha Hadid Architects, he directed research for an experimental mediatheque in Pau, France—what would have been the largest carbon shell structure to date.
Michael Beneville and his team at Beneville Studios are unlike any creative company in the world. Beneville Studios specializes in realizing a vision, regardless of the medium—simultaneously and discreetly creating projects as varied as corporate headquarters; immersive retail pavilions; helicopter lounges and plane interiors; as well as privately commissioned books, machines, films, and fine art for the world's most exclusive clientele. Today, their purview includes millions of square feet of architecture and projects that span the globe.
Public Art Program Manager,
Michael Chavez is the Public Art Program Manager for the City & County of Denver. Denver’s 1% for Public Art Program celebrated its 30th anniversary in 2018 and holds more than 410 public artworks in its collection with more than $40 million invested in public art since 1988. Chavez oversees the conservation, care, and maintenance of the collection as well as the selection process for new public art commissions. Currently, the program has more than 30 active public art commissions in progress.
Chavez also serves on the Public Art Network (PAN) Advisory Council through Americans for the Arts. PAN is a professional network dedicated to advancing public art programs and projects in the United States through advocacy, policy, and information resources to further art and design in our built environment.
Montefiore Health Systems, NY
Olivia Davis is the Curator of the Fine Art Program and Collection at Montefiore Einstein. She is also the Co-Founder and Project Manager of the recently established CHILZone: The Children’s Hospital Innovation Lab at Montefiore.
Since 2014, Olivia has been responsible for overseeing the implementation of a comprehensive visual arts program of the highest quality. Through commissions, acquisitions, rotating exhibition programs, donations, and innovative technologies, she is helping to provide Montefiore with a life affirming, healing and supportive environment for patients, families, caregivers, students, faculty, and staff while also building a world-class art collection that befits the mission and goals of Montefiore.
Prior to joining Montefiore, Olivia was the Co-Creator and Assistant Manager of the NYU Langone Medical Center Art Program and Collection. She has also held positions at the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Department of Cultural Affairs Percent for Art Program, and the National Portrait Gallery in London.
Ms. Davis holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Rochester and a Master of Arts degree from New York University.
Co-founder & CEO,
Vince Kadlubek is a Co-founder and the CEO of Meow Wolf, an art collective that has transformed into an award winning Arts Production Company. After leading Meow Wolf to win the inaugural startup competition from Creative Startups, Kadlubek created the business plan for Meow Wolf’s House of Eternal Return and led the team towards its completion. Since opening, Kadlubek has continued being the force of vision for the company, thinking about radical ways to subvert current business paradigms while building integral systems that have been tried and true. Vince is most interested in co-creating alternative realities and bringing unique, indescribable, transformative immersive art experiences to the world, and has announced new Meow Wolf exhibitions in Las Vegas, Denver, Washington DC, and Phoenix.
Keeper of Design, Architecture and Digital (DAD),
Victoria and Albert Museum, UK
Dr. Christopher Turner studied Archaeology, Anthropology and Art History at Cambridge and has a PhD from the London Consortium, University of London. He set up the Central Cities Institute at the University of Westminster, an urban think-tank that investigated the inner city, and was a research scholar at Columbia University. He worked as an editor of Icon, the leading architecture and design publication, before he was Director of the London Design Biennale and Deputy Director of the London Design Festival. He joined the Victoria and Albert Museum in October 2017 as Keeper of Design, Architecture and Digital (DAD).
Adjunct Curator of Digital Art,
Christiane Paul is Chief Curator / Director of the Sheila C. Johnson Design Center and Professor in the School of Media Studies at The New School, and Adjunct Curator of Digital Art at the Whitney Museum of American Art.
She is the recipient of the Thoma Foundation's 2016 Arts Writing Award in Digital Art, and her recent books are A Companion to Digital Art (Blackwell-Wiley, May 2016); DigitalArt (Thames and Hudson, 3rd revised edition, 2015); Context Providers – Conditions of Meaning in Media Arts(Intellect, 2011; Chinese edition, 2012); and New Media in the White Cube and Beyond (UC Press, 2008).
At the Whitney Museum she curated exhibitions including Programmed: Rules, Codes, and Choreographies in Art 1965 - 2018 (2018), Cory Arcangel: Pro Tools (2011) and Profiling (2007), and is responsible for artport, the museum’s portal to Internet art.
Other curatorial work includes Little Sister (is watching you, too) (Pratt Manhattan Gallery, NYC, 2015); What Lies Beneath (Borusan Contemporary, Istanbul, 2015); and The Public Private (Kellen Gallery, The New School, NYC, 2013).
Eric Rodenbeck is the CEO of Stamen Design, which builds beautiful, playful, technically sophisticated projects for clients from Digital Globe to the Dalai Lama to scientists around the country. Uniquely interdisciplinary, his work also intersects with the world of fine art, has been exhibited worldwide & is in the permanent collection of MoMA.
Artist and Assistant Professor of Architecture,
Cal Poly San Luis Obispo
Emily White is an artist and architect working with perceptions of space, invisible atmospheric phenomena, and thin materials ranging from inflatables to sheet metal. She uses techniques borrowed from manufacturing to produce drawings and large-scale installations. Emily's work is installed in the Fort Lauderdale International Airport, and has been exhibited at the J. Paul Getty Museum, the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles and Materials & Applications, Los Angeles. She teaches architectural design studios at California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo, California.
Co-Founder and Chief Creative Officer,
Zolty is the Co-founder, Artist, and Head of Design at BREAKFAST where he conceives and develops some of the worlds most high-tech kinetic art installations.
BREAKFAST's most recognized works include their various Brixels installations, Thread Screen, and their 15+ Flip-Discs installations that can be found in stadiums, lobbies, and museums across the US.
Artist and Architect,
Susan Narduli is a Los Angeles‐based artist and architect. She leads her interdisciplinary design practice Narduli Studio, and is director of experiential and interactive projects for Cheeky Films. Narduli’s time-based works bring together the virtual and physical in one environment – positioning narrative, real-time data, generative media and interactive experience within the formal and social context of public space and architecture.
Her award winning studio is at the forefront of an expansive interpretation of how technology can shape a new typology of public space. The work imagines a future based on a responsive model, a synergistic evolution of physical and virtual environments that will forever change the hierarchical structure that has historically defined public space. Narduli Studio has completed commissions in public art, public spaces, architecture, virtual environments, interactive experiences, museum installations, light and sound environments and landscapes. Narduli holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts, a Masters of Architecture and is a licensed architect. She has received awards and exhibited nationally and internationally. Prior to starting her own firm, Narduli was Project Designer for Frank Gehry.
Artist and Director,
Refik Anadol Studio
Refik Anadol is a media artist and director born in Istanbul, Turkey. He currently lives and works in Los Angeles, California, where he owns and operates Refik Anadol Studio. Anadol is a lecturer and researcher for UCLA's Department of Design Media Arts where he obtained a Master of Fine Arts.
As a spatial thinker, Anadol is intrigued by the ways in which the digital age requires the rethinking of a new aesthetic technique and a dynamic perception of space. By embedding media arts into architecture, he proposes the possibility of post-digital architecture in which there are no more imaginary physical realities. Anadol addresses the challenges and the possibilities that the development of enriched immersive environments and ubiquitous computing have imposed on human kind. His body of work explores how the perception and experience of time and space are radically changing now that machines have completely colonized our everyday lives.
Erwin Redl’s work is informed by a combination of conceptual-structural thinking and profound craftsmanship both in electronic and traditional media. With a BA in Music Composition from the University of Vienna, Austria and an MFA in Computer Art from the School of Visuals Arts in New York he is able to expand his practice beyond the traditional fine art context.
Since 1997, the artist has investigated the process of “reverse engineering” by translating the abstract aesthetic language of virtual reality back into architectural environments through large scale light installations. In this body of work, space is experienced as a second skin, our social skin, which is transformed through his artistic intervention.
Senior Principal Art and Design,
As the Senior Principal of Art + Design at UAP, Jamie has worked on an enormous array of projects, collaborating with local and international emerging and established artists, architects and designers. He has worked on significant global projects in Australia, USA, Saudi Arabia and China and is involved in jobs across all of UAP’s international offices. Jamie’s excellent collaborative and consultative approach allows him to work closely and efficiently with UAP’s clients. His extensive experience has seen him work with artists such as Sui Jian Guo, Ned Kahn, Nike Savvas, Arne Quinze, Florentijn Hofman, Ai Weiwei, Phillip K. Smith III, and Lindy Lee as well as influential architectural studios such as Snohetta, KPF, Zaha Hadid Design, Gehry Partners and HBA to deliver smaller scale editioned work, as well as large-scale installations and built forms. In Jamie’s leadership role within the creative team he oversees the creative direction of some of UAP’s most significant projects as well as contributing to the management of UAP’s Brand & Marketing identity.
Jamie graduated from the University of NSW Art & Design with a Bachelor of Design and commenced his career as a freelance designer and academic lecturer & tutor in Design before joining UAP in 2007. He has worked in the design and visual art industries for over ten years and was one of 2 Young QLD Designer of the Year finalists in 2012 & 2013. He has recently moved to UAP’s New York studio.
Collections Manager and Registrar,
Kate Weinstein is the Collections Manager and Registrar at the Thoma Art Foundation, and is based in Chicago, Illinois. Kate oversees the collection care for the Foundation’s four collection areas (Digital and electronic art, Japanese bamboo art, Post-war painting and sculpture, and Spanish Colonial art). Along with this, Kate oversees the Foundation’s policies and procedures for conservation, storage, shipping, loans, and acquisitions. Recently, this included over-hauling all collection and acquisition procedures related to the Digital and Electronic art collection, which includes over 41 video works, 7 microcontroller works, 34 generative (software-based) works, and 21 electronic light works.
Prior to working for the Foundation she worked for a Chicago-based fine art appraisal firm where she oversaw all facets of collection management for institutional clients and the company as the Senior Appraisal & Research Assistant. She received her BFA in Integrated Studio Arts with a minor in French from Iowa State University (2008) and her MA in Modern Art History, Theory and Criticism from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (2012) where she wrote her thesis on animated GIFs.
Director of Online Marketing and Partnerships,
Prior to joining the CODAworx team in 2015, Nick had a varied background in business and the arts. With a B.A. in Mass Communications from Miami University, he has worked in video production, digital services, and project management. Nick believes that great spaces inspire great people, and is passionate about the CODAworx mission to transform every place in the world by making great commissions happen.
Nick is the Director of Online Marketing & Partnerships at CODAworx. He spends his time on CODAworx marketing efforts, partnerships around CODAworx events and programming, and exploring new business development opportunities. Outside of his role in marketing, Nick holds a position in the RFP Marketplace division helping private developers and public art agencies find and hire artists with the RFP Toolkit.
Scott is a seasoned leader with a wealth of experience in building insurance MGAs. He focuses on our Company’s strategy, partnerships, finance, markets, relationships and operations. He has spent over 25 years as a senior management, advisor and investor in the insurance sector.
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