Got me really thinking about the challenges for preservation and migration that exist in an ever-changing digital landscape. There was a theme among presenters in which it consistently took between 20 and 41 years between making a cutting edge tech piece and placing it in a collection! (see Lynn Hershmann Leeson, who was working with artificial intelligence and interactive installations in the 60's!!) What got me was that when the collector came a-knocking, the things were still working!
|Sophia Brueckner singing code|
|Panel with Kegan Schouwenberg, Bre Pettis, and Gabriella Levine, moderated by Sunny Bates|
|Jamie Ziegelbaum sharing an interactive light installation during a panel with Barry Threw, Margaret Brett-Kearns, and Vivian Rosenthall, moderated by Chick Foxgrover|
Every presenter was off the charts amazing, but particularly of note (i.e. google them right this instant):
- Claire Bardainne (whose unbelievable interactive video performance workwas referred to by the other techies as "wizardry")
- Josh Davis (did the visualizations for Watson, the jeopardy computer that beat Ken Jennings)
- Luke Dubois (co-author of Jitter and does unbelievably clever work compiling, recombining, and systematizing internet data)
- Yucef Merhi (poet and hacker artist who got Damien Hurst's credit card information and signed him up for a subscription to ArtForum)
- Jake Lee-High (who's created viewer-responsive weather systems, an augmented reality device that creates a fully immersive virtual world that allows him to play God, and turned every car on 6th Ave into a BMW, not to mention just a really nice guy)
- Bre Pettis (extraordinarily witty and over-productive founder of MakerBot)
- Sophia Breukner (who's modally sung lines of code, and then a code that sings itself, immediately peaked my interest. Love her work!)
And after all was said and done, couldn't have asked for a better ending to the night, in a speak-easy bar inside Woolworths with a DJ and sound visualization projection, having a drink with media theorist Lev Manovich and talking philosophy and theology with other artists!