CODAsummit: The Intersection of Art, Technology and Place
September 20 - September 21, 2018
Santa Fe, NM
Art Historian & Writer,
Former Director of Museum of Arts and Design
Glenn Adamson is a curator, writer and historian who works at the intersection of craft and contemporary art. Currently Senior Scholar at the Yale Center for British Art, he has previously been Director of the Museum of Arts and Design, Head of Research at the V&A, and Curator at the Chipstone Foundation in Milwaukee.
Adamson’s publications include Art in the Making (2016, co-authored with Julia Bryan Wilson); Invention of Craft (2013); Postmodernism: Style and Subversion (2011); The Craft Reader (2010); and Thinking Through Craft (2007). His essay “Willow, Weep For Me” will be published in the Whitney Museum of American Art’s forthcoming exhibition catalogue Grant Wood: American Gothic and Other Fables.
Most recently Adamson was the co-curator of Voulkos: The Breakthrough Years at MAD (2016); curator of Beazley Designs of the Year, at the Design Museum in London (2017); and co-curator (with Martina Droth and Simon Olding) of Things of Beauty Growing: British Studio Pottery, at the Yale Center for British Art (2017).
His new book Fewer Better Things: The Hidden Meaning of Objects will be published by Bloomsbury in August 2018. www.glennadamson.com
Director & Founder, Ouchhh
Creative Director, Ouchhh
Goktug Sarioz, CEO, GrandSon will be presenting on Ouchhh with Ferdi Alici and Eylul Duranagac.
Ouchhh is a creative new media studio with expertise in AI, data paintings, data sculpture and public art. As a multidisciplinary creative hub, they focus on interactive new media platforms, kinetic sculptures, immersive experiences, creative and art direction, and video mapping projections. Ouchhh considers each project as a challenge and takes a fresh and unique approach to all their work. The studio integrates art, science, and technology into every work they create. Their work transcends industries and continents and they have worked with brands such as Google, Cern, Nike, and Wired.
Ouchhh has an office in Istanbul, and partnerships in Los Angeles, Vienna, Barcelona, Paris and Berlin. Ouchhh has been featured at Ars Electronica 5 time. Their works has received international accolades and awards, including Red Dot Design Awards, German Design Awards, IDA Awards, and ADC Awards.
Author & Writer on Media and Technology
Frank Rose is the author of The Art of Immersion: How the Digital Generation is Remaking Hollywood, Madison Avenue, and the Way We Tell Stories, hailed by the International Journal of Advertising as “an essential overview” of the fundamental changes affecting media today. He has explored this theme as a keynote speaker at marketing summits and film festivals worldwide, in academic gatherings at schools ranging from Stanford to the Politecnico di Milano, and at such companies as Google, Lucasfilm, Unilever, and the BBC. A senior fellow at the Columbia University School of the Arts, he is a member of its Digital Storytelling Lab and faculty director of its executive education seminar Strategic Storytelling, co-sponsored by Columbia Business School.
Earlier, as a contributing editor at Wired and a contributing writer at Fortune before that, Frank worked as a journalist at the intersection of media and technology, covering such issues as future of television in the digital age, Samsung and the rise of the South Korean techno-state, and the posthumous career of Philip K. Dick in Hollywood. He has also written on technology and popular culture for The Atlantic, Esquire, the Los Angeles Times, New York, The New York Times Magazine, Rolling Stone, and Vanity Fair. www.frankrose.com
Commissioning at the Intersection of Art and Technology
Artist, Bill FitzGibbons, LLC
Artist Bill FitzGibbons has been creating sculpture for over thirty years; during his career he has completed over twenty five public art projects and performances in six countries including Iceland, Finland, Germany, and Sweden. FitzGibbons embraces an environmentally conscious approach to public art through his work with computerized LED lighting systems. FitzGibbons honors include being appointed as a Fulbright Artist for the Hungarian Art Academy in Budapest and the Texas State Legislature selecting FitzGibbons as an Official State Artist in 2012. FitzGibbons is the president of the Lone Star Art Alliance. This is a statewide artist run organization, which promotes Texas artists internationally, and brings international artists to Texas.
Executive Director, Quartier des Spectacles
In 2009, Pierre Fortin became Executive Director of the Quartier des Spectacles Partnership, the non-profit organization responsible for managing public spaces, programming activities and promoting the Quartier des Spectacles. Mr. Fortin has extensive experience in management and communications in the public and private sectors. He has helped guide several organizations through periods of profound change, demonstrating leadership and vision that enabled him to develop and implement internal and external strategies to strengthen and improve each organization’s position.
After founding a community radio station, CIBL-FM, he worked in communications and marketing for a Canadian financial institution. As an employee of the Ville de Montréal, his roles included head of communications during public consultations on the city’s master plan, which helped him develop his vision of urban planning. Mr. Fortin created Bell Canada’s first communications unit focused on the business market, and was the company’s representative during the development of Montreal’s Quartier International, a mandate closely related to his interest in issues related to public space. As VP marketing for the Old Port of Montreal Corporation, he led the rebranding of the Montreal Science Centre and the Old Port. In that capacity, he also contributed to the development of guiding principles for the development of these public spaces and for the implementation of innovative cultural programming ideas.
Central Arts Team Co-Lead, Burning Man
Jeremy Crandell is a co-lead of the Art Department, where he manages large-scale and technical art installations destined for Black Rock City. On playa, his teams include Art Support Services, Fire Art Safety Team, Eyes on Art and ARTery Operations, and he serves on the Event Operations Team. Jeremy volunteered with the Tech Team from 1998 - 2001 and the Art Department from 2001 through 2011 before joining the year-round staff in 2016. He has worked on collaborative art teams bringing large-scale public art to both Burning Man and municipal settings
Jeremy has worked as a producer for AOL and as the co-founder of an email protection platform.He's an active supporter and contributor to nonprofits serving the arts, environmental conservation and astronomy, and he currently serves on the board of The Crucible, an industrial arts school in Oakland, CA.
Director, City of El Paso Museums & Cultural Affairs
Tracey Jerome and her team are responsible for the Museums of Art, History and Archeology as well as the City's Public Art and Cultural Affairs programs. Tracey's vision and passion are focused on ensuring that the people of El Paso have museums, public art and cultural affairs programming that are world class.
Tracey attended The College of William and Mary and earned a BA in Government. She earned Master Degrees in Historic Preservation from Eastern Michigan University and in History of Art from Sotheby's Institute of Art, London. Tracey relocated to El Paso from London, England, with her husband and two sons in 2015.
Global Design Manager & Curator, Dolby Labs
Robin Juan currently manages design teams around the world while curating new media art and installations for Dolby Laboratories headquartered in San Francisco. Robin holds a BFA in Photography, Art History, and Arts Administration from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She has spent time in San Francisco and New York consulting on design and brand for corporations.
Her curatorial practice has been focused on emerging artists, in the US as well as globally, and is driven to create experiences utilizing new technology practices.
The Art of Depicting Reality: Data Visualization
Director & Founder, Landmarks, The University of Texas at Austin
Andrée Bober is a curator and arts administrator who works with some of the most admired artists of our time. In 2008, she founded Landmarks at The University of Texas at Austin. Building upon a long-term loan with the Metropolitan Museum of Art, she has acquired and commissioned major works by artists such as Ann Hamilton, Marc Quinn, Nancy Rubins, and James Turrell. Bober also created Landmarks Video in 2010, an ongoing series of video art.
Prior to Austin, Bober led the Contemporary Arts Center Cincinnati through the successful completion of its Zaha Hadid-designed facility, after which the architect won the 2004 Pritzker Architecture Prize. As deputy and then acting director, she curated the exhibitions SPRAWL (2002) and Susan Unterberg: A Retrospective (2004).
Bober studied art history and museology at The University of Texas at Austin, practiced painting conservation in Vienna, Austria, and earned a Master of Arts in Arts Administration from Columbia University, Teacher’s College in New York. Her recent publications include The Collections: The University of Texas at Austin (2016) and Landmarks (2015). She lives with her family in Chevy Chase, Maryland.
Managing Producer and Director, Moment Factory
Andy Merkin is the Managing Producer and Director of the LA office for Moment Factory. His production credits include shows for Universal Studios and Disney, the Clash Royale Crown Championship Finals, interactive music videos and virtual reality projects for for Google, and IBM’s Centennial exhibit and Watson Customer Service Center.
He is a frequent speaker on transmedia & multimedia production strategy including UCLA, USC, Harvard Business School, and Art Center and festivals such as the Toronto International Film Festival, LA Film Festival, and Sundance. His award-winning projects include Cannes Lions, SXSW Interactive Awards, Webby Awards in the Weird and Experience Marketing categories, and the 2006 Time Person of the Year. Andy is an active member of the New Media Council of the Producer's Guild of America.
Andy holds an MS from MIT in transmedia production management, an MBA from HEC-Paris in creativity management, and an AB with Honors from Rollins College in anthropology/ international business. A true believer that interesting storytellers (hopefully) have led interesting lives, Andy’s previous work experience includes heading Special Projects for Guillermo del Toro’s production studio Mirada, development and production for Sony Pictures Television, training entrepreneurs in the Peace Corps in Bangladesh, performing improv, and teaching zoo keeping skills for Busch Gardens.
Creative Director & Co-Founder, Sosolimited
Eric Gunther is a designer working at the intersection of technology, data, and the body. He is Creative Director and Cofounder of Sosolimited, where he makes sensory spaces driven by design and technology. At Sosolimited, he has created data-driven sculptures, social media powered light shows, generative fashion, and immersive experiences for clients including HBO, Google, IBM, and Porsche. In his art practice, Eric uses movement, sound, and vibrations to invent new experiences for the body. He co-directed End Love, a time-bending music video for OK Go, and composes music for radio, film, and dance.
Eric earned his BS in Computer Science and Electrical Engineering from MIT and did his MEng at the MIT Media Lab. At Sosolimited, Eric has worked on award winning projects recognized by ADC, D&AD, Cannes Lions, and Creative Review, and his work has been exhibited internationally at the Shanghai Biennial, Cooper Hewitt Museum, and Ars Electronica.
Artist & Professor, University of New Mexico
Andrea Polli is an environmental artist working at the intersection of art, science and technology. Her interdisciplinary research has been presented as public artworks, media installations, community projects, performances, broadcasts, mobile and geolocative media, publications, and through the curation and organization of public exhibitions and events. She creates artworks designed to raise awareness of environmental issues. Often these works express scientific data obtained through her collaborations with scientists and engineers and have taken the form of sound art, vehicle-based works, public light works, mobile media experiences, and bio-art and design. Polli holds an MFA in Time Arts from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and a PhD in practice-led research from the University of Plymouth in the UK.
Director, Center for Data Arts, The New School
Artist and designer Ben Rubin is the Director of the Center for Data Arts at The New School. Rubin engages with social, cultural, and environmental data to create large scale media installations and performance designs. His work has been presented at venues including the Whitney, MoMA, and the Science Museum, London, and he has been commissioned to create permanent permanent installations for The Public Theater, The New York Times Building, and Brookfield Place, Calgary, among others.
Ben Rubin received his MS in media arts and sciences from the MIT Media Lab in 1989, and his BA in computer science and semiotics from Brown University in 1987. Rubin's awards include an Obie, a Webbie, a Prix Ars Electronica, Golden Nica Award, a CoDA Award, an NYC Public Design Commission Excellence in Design Award, and a Public Art Dialog Award for achievement in the field of public art.
Beyond Our Eyes: Sensory Perception in Art
Artist and Professor, School of Visual Arts, New York
Heather Schatz graduated from the University of Columbia, Berkeley, with a Bachelor of Arts in Architecture and completed her Master in Fine Arts at Columbia University's School of the Arts, Visual Arts Program. She taught at Columbia’s MFA program for over a decade and is currently on the faculty of the Master of Fine Arts Program in Arts Practice at the School of Visual Arts, in New York City.
Schatz’s work spans a variety of media including painting, sculpture, and video, often combining these into one work. Schatz, currently working and exhibiting as Heather Schatz, has exhibited as ChanSchatz nationally and internationally and engaged with communities, individuals, galleries and museums including: Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY; American University in Cairo, Cairo, Egypt; Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY; Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati, OH; Los Angeles Municipal Gallery at Barnsdall Park, Los Angeles, CA; Museum of Contemporary Art, Denver; Saatchi Gallery, London; Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY; XXIV Bienal de São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil.
Schatz is a co-founder of MadisonRobots, a new fine art fabrication studio in Madison Wisconsin where she is working on large scale sculpture and painting projects.
Founder, Beneville Studios
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.
Light Artist, Titia Ex Light Art Studio
Titia Ex is among the international vanguard of multimedia artists who use innovative and technical devices to sculpt light effects that twist observers’ impressions of their urban surroundings. She realizes her ideas based on concepts inspired by the location and its history. Interactivity is at the heart of Titia Ex’s artistic output, and is exemplified by her most recent work, Juicy Lights, at Ten Kate market in Amsterdam. During the day, the “grapes’” reflective surfaces mirror the activity of the busy street below. At night, however, they transform into a mesmerizing display, glowing and pulsating in the dark, and showering viewers with colorful lights.
"Titia Ex’s powerful, engaging public art is more relevant than ever. Her dynamic, interactive light sculptures lift our spirits with sheer beauty, while at the same time, heighten our awareness and challenging us to think differently about our world."
Artist & Composer, PhenomenArts, Inc.
Christopher Janney was trained as an architect (Princeton University , B.A. Architecture, 1972, magna cum laude/ MIT -M.S. Environmental Art, 1978) and a jazz musician (private studies, 1963-1976, Dalcroze School, 1974-75). He has created numerous permanent interactive sound/light installations, attempting, on the one hand, to make architecture more "spontaneous" (Harmonic Runway, Miami Airport; REACH:NY, 34th St. subway, New York) and, on the other hand, to make music more physical (HeartBeat:mb with S. Rudner, M. Baryshnikov).
Janney has directed his own multi-media studio, PhenomenArts, Inc. since 1980. PhenomenArts, Inc. has studios in both Lexington, MA and London, UK.
Founding Principal & CEO, Digital Ambiance
Robb Pope founded Digital Ambiance after 5 years of concert touring as a lighting designer and video engineer. Recognizing the growing market for innovative lighting projection and interactive installations he put together a team of artists and engineers to design and build the architectural lighting installations Digital Ambiance is now known for. Using a combination of addressable LED, projection mapping, and new sensor technology, Digital Ambiance is pushing the boundaries of what it means to create architectural lighting and new media installations.
Robb attended the Art Institutes of New England where he received a degree in digital media. He continued his education at Full Sail University earning a degree in show production. Robb has continued to master his craft, completing various advanced education classes, including Hippotizer, Pandora’s Box, Catalyst, Axon Media Server and LDI Master Classes.
Creating with Engagement: Interactive Art
Executive Director, Creative Santa Fe
Cyndi Conn has over fifteen years of expertise in the field of contemporary art and economic development. She is the Executive Director of Creative Santa Fe, a nonprofit organization dedicated to leveraging Santa Fe’s unique sense of place to reframe critical issues and drive positive change. In 2014 she was appointed Chair of Mayor Gonzales’ Housing and Community Development Transition Team and was honored by Albuquerque Business First as one of 40 Under Forty awardees statewide. She currently serves on the Advisory Board for the National Parks Arts Foundation. Cyndi held the position of Visual Arts Director and Curator of the Center for Contemporary Arts, Santa Fe before founding gallery and art advisory firm LAUNCHPROJECTS in 2008.
Cyndi holds a Masters Degree in Curatorial Studies and Arts Administration from Skidmore College in conjunction with the Tang Museum, a BA in Latin American studies from Tulane University and studied at the Universidad Ibero Americana in Mexico City. She has lived in Paris, Mexico City, Austin, and New Orleans.
Co-Founder, Future Cities Lab
Jason Kelly Johnson is co-founder of Future Cities Lab. Future Cities Lab is an interdisciplinary art and design practice that has developed a range of award-winning projects exploring the intersection of design with advanced fabrication technologies, responsive building systems, and public space. Future Cities Lab’s’s work has been widely published and exhibited. Jason is also an Associate Professor of Architecture at the California College of the Arts.
Artist & Associate Professor, Columbus College of Art & Design
Matthew Mohr focuses on the potential of technology in service of expression. He works with small, common moments to recontextualize them as larger experiences.
His most recent work, "As We Are", is a fourteen-foot, dimensional head made of ribbons of ultra-bright, LED screens. In the back of the neck is a photo booth capable of taking 3-D pictures. Once a visitor has their portrait made, they step out of the booth and their head is displayed on the giant head.
The sculpture addresses social media, asking the subject of the portrait to reconsider their presence and the presence of others.
Matthew holds an MFA in Design and Technology from Parsons and is an Associate Professor at the Columbus College of Art & Design.
Director, Patten Studio
James Patten is an interaction designer, inventor, and visual artist, whose practice pushes the edges of interactivity at the intersection of the physical and digital worlds. He is a TED Senior Fellow and Director of Patten Studio, a creative agency/consultancy that specializes in ground-breaking interactive activations.
Patten earned his doctorate at the MIT Media Lab where he studied in the Tangible Media Group under Hiroshi Ishii. His work has been exhibited or performed in venues such as the Museum of Modern Art, the Transmediale festival in Berlin, the Museo Guggenheim Bilbao and the Ars Electronica Center in Linz, Austria and recognized in several international design competitions.
Co-founder & Chief Creative Officer, BREAKFAST
Zolty is the Co-founder and Chief Creative Officer at BREAKFAST and its sister company, Luster. He heads up both companies in developing bespoke, connected products and installations that better connect our real and online worlds.
His most recognized works include the Thread Screen - a machine that displays images using 6,400 mechanical spools of thread, the Flip-Disc Display - the world's first modular kinetic display made of thousands of flipping discs, Points - a smart street sign for smart cities, and Instaprint (now rebranded Luster) - the original hashtag-driven photo printer. BREAKFAST was named one of the world’s most innovative companies by Fast Company.
A New Vocabulary
CEO, Shaw & Co! Productions
Shaw has devoted her career to the advocacy of good design.
A design marketing consultant who conceived of the International Contemporary Furniture Fair, Shaw worked closely with its show management in its development, and that of Accent on Design. She leads NY NOW’s green initiative, Sustainability: Design for a Better World.
Shaw serves as a founding member of the NYCxDESIGN Steering Committee, New York City’s official design week, during which Shaw produces Design Pavilion, a 9-day cultural public event intended to increase awareness of the power of design, and NYC Design Talks, offering inspired topics by today’s most insightful design thinkers.
Shaw serves on the board of trustees for DIFFA: The Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS and co-founded Operation Design, creating mentorships and creative programs between architects, designers, artists and NYC public schools.
Digital Culture Correspondent, NPR
Laura Sydell is NPR’s Digital Culture Correspondent. For well over a decade she has reported on the impact of technology on culture, society and human behavior for NPR’s major news magazines “Morning Edition” and “All Things Considered.”
Before coming to NPR she taught arts & cultural journalism at the Graduate School of Journalism, University of California, Berkeley. She was an arts reporter at WNYC in New York City where she covered the culture wars in the 1990’s.
She has also contributed to “This American Life” and NPR’s “Planet Money.” Her work has been given numerous honors among them a Gerald Loeb Award for Business Reporting, a National Headliner Award and honors from Investigative Reporters and Editors and Syracuse University’s Newhouse School. She was a National Arts Journalism Fellow at Columbia University, a Freedom Forum Teaching Fellow and a lecturer at UC Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism.
She has a JD degree from Yeshiva University’s Cardozo School of Law and a BA, Magna Cum Laude in Russian Cultural History and Theater from William Smith College.
CEO, Stamen Design
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.