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OLTW Panel + Launch Party Recap

ArtsTechLA’s May event was a panel discussion and book launch party for Rachel Sussman’s The Oldest Living Things in the World.  

Rachel began by telling a story about how a casual suggestion to visit an old tree in Japan inspired her decade long project.  She also shared the physical trials, financial obstacles and personal limitations she faced during her journey to complete her artwork.  She had to learn how to scuba dive as well as shoot underwater at the same time, broke her wrist in a danger zone, and was abandoned in Greenland for a while without any communication.

Sharon Ann Lee, ArtsTechLA’s director, moderated as panelists Paola Antonelli of MoMA, Michael Russel of JPL, Woody Fischer of Caltech and Rachel had a lively discussion on Deep Time, aggressive lichen, ancient bacteria in the permafrost, and extremophile organisms.

The evening ended with a cocktail party with some amazing edible landscapes: A vegetable forest with a hummus river and large bread loaves mimicking boulders. And a fruit space installation of blackberries, blood oranges and a planetary peach. 

A big thank you to Pace Webb for her artful and delicious edible creations. Thanks to Greenbar Distillery and Joia Soda for the yummy refreshments, and Ryan Morgan for the great photos of the event!

If you’re interested in Rachel’s project, check it out here, or if you’d like a first edition signed book, buy them here while they last!



ArtsTech LA is a non profit, community program that puts on events for Angelinos interested in art, technology and culture.  If you want to help or volunteer, email us at artstechla@gmail.com and let us know how you can help.  Thank you!


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Rachel Sussman is a contemporary artist based in Brooklyn, New York. For nearly a decade she has researched, worked with biologists, and traveled all over the world to photograph continuously living organisms 2,000 years old and older. This work spans disciplines, continents, and millennia: it’s part art and part science, has an innate environmentalism, and is underscored by an existential incursion into deep time. Her first book, The Oldest Living Things in the World, reached shelves in April 2014, with forewords by Carl Zimmer and Hans Ulrich Obrist. 



Rachel was recently named a 2014 Guggenheim Fellow and was also awarded a LACMA  Art + Technology grant.


Paola Antonelli  is the Senior Curator of Architecture & Design and the Director of Research & Development  at The Museum of Modern Art in New York.  She has mounted some of MOMA’s most seminal exhibitions like Design and the Elastic Mind and Talk to Me.  Paola also spearheaded the collection of 14 important video games for MOMA as well as the acquisition of the ”@” symbol, which is now part of MOMA’s permanent collection.
 
Her latest project is a curatorial experiment on the relationship between design and violence. 


 



Michael Russell is a Research Scientist at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology where he is testing his “Water World” theory on the emergence of life. He also speaks about the confluence of ideas between Art and Science and the ancient connection between the two. He gave this TEDx talk on his wider interest on how disequilibria of various states in the Universe throughout time has driven, and drives, creativity.




Woodward “Woody” Fischer is an assistant Professor of Geobiology in Geological and Planetary Sciences at the California Institute of Technology. His research generally falls in the subdiscipline of Historical Geobiology—combining techniques from field geology, analytical chemistry, and biology—to understand and explore the relationships between life and Earth surface environments through diverse and fundamental transitions in Earth history.




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Rachel Sussman is a contemporary artist based in Brooklyn, New York. For nearly a decade she has researched, worked with biologists, and traveled all over the world to photograph continuously living organisms 2,000 years old and older. This work spans disciplines, continents, and millennia: it’s part art and part science, has an innate environmentalism, and is underscored by an existential incursion into deep time. Her first book, The Oldest Living Things in the World, reached shelves in April 2014, with forewords by Carl Zimmer and Hans Ulrich Obrist. 

Rachel was recently named a 2014 Guggenheim Fellow and was also awarded a LACMA  Art + Technology grant.

Paola Antonelli  is the Senior Curator of Architecture & Design and the Director of Research & Development  at The Museum of Modern Art in New York.  She has mounted some of MOMA’s most seminal exhibitions like Design and the Elastic Mind and Talk to Me.  Paola also spearheaded the collection of 14 important video games for MOMA as well as the acquisition of the ”@” symbol, which is now part of MOMA’s permanent collection.
 
Her latest project is a curatorial experiment on the relationship between design and violence
 
Michael Russell is a Research Scientist at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology where he is testing his “Water World” theory on the emergence of life. He also speaks about the confluence of ideas between Art and Science and the ancient connection between the two. He gave this TEDx talk on his wider interest on how disequilibria of various states in the Universe throughout time has driven, and drives, creativity.

Woodward “Woody” Fischer is an assistant Professor of Geobiology in Geological and Planetary Sciences at the California Institute of Technology. His research generally falls in the subdiscipline of Historical Geobiology—combining techniques from field geology, analytical chemistry, and biology—to understand and explore the relationships between life and Earth surface environments through diverse and fundamental transitions in Earth history.

Fiberspace Event Recap

Last month we had our first meet the artist + installation event with Venezuelan light artist Claudia Bueno. Her immersive installation, #Fiberspace, was a surreal neural experience of light, sound, and texture. 

Claudia started off the night by talking about the site specific installation and its progression from the sketches that inspired her fiber epiphany to the intensive fabrication process of creating her artwork in the Malaysian heat. She told a series of compelling stories on her creative process and the mistakes, failures and random observations that became the critical turning points for creating #Fiberspace. This interactive web colossus overwhelms viewers with a symphony of light and sound twisting our reality into a surreal sense of wonder. 

If you didn’t get a chance to check out #Fiberspace, come by Maker City LA. The installation has been extended through May 17th. Experience it while you can!

A big thank you to Daniel Jung for taking these awesome pics of the event and Lush Bunny for spinning his luscious tunes.

A little peek at what you’ll see this Thurs. 4/10 7pm - 9pm

Magic, light & neural pathways!

Get your tickets here!


For our next #ArtsTechLA event, we’re excited to introduce Venezuelan light artist Claudia Bueno and the first US Exhibition of her immersive video installation: #Fiberspace.  After living and exhibiting in Switzerland, Malaysia and South America for the past few years, Claudia is now calling Los Angeles and the surrounding desert area her home.
#Fiberspace is a site specific video installation projected onto a labyrinth of resin dipped fibers that makes you feel like you’re traveling through your own neural pathways. An immersive experience of light, sound, and texture that evokes the external universe and the internal world of our collective psyches.
 
Claudia will be giving a talk about the process of creating her artwork, the sketches, the fabrication, and philosophy that inspired #Fiberspace.  As well as how she collaborated with sound and video artists Adolfo Bueno of TKSH Films, and Leonardo Aldrey of Audioblend to create the final work.  After the talk, we will be able to experience the installation in small groups.  
 
Come join us for a friendly gathering of communities and conversation.
LushBunny is spinning a few sets after the art immersion so it should be super fun.
 

 

The event will take place on Thursday 4/10/14 7pm at the CultureBrain Academy inside Maker City LA. Maker City LA is located in downtown LA at 1933 S. Broadway, 11th floor, LA 90007.
 
There is metered parking on Broadway and two self pay lots.
 
We’re also 2 blocks from the Blue Line Grand Station at Washington and several bus stops so consider taking public transit :)
 


Please come out and support the Arts + Tech community in LA!
Register here for tickets to secure your spot.
 
See you at #Fiberspace!
For our next #ArtsTechLA event, we’re excited to introduce Venezuelan light artist Claudia Bueno and the first US Exhibition of her immersive video installation: #Fiberspace.  After living and exhibiting in Switzerland, Malaysia and South America for the past few years, Claudia is now calling Los Angeles and the surrounding desert area her home.

#Fiberspace is a site specific video installation projected onto a labyrinth of resin dipped fibers that makes you feel like you’re traveling through your own neural pathways. An immersive experience of light, sound, and texture that evokes the external universe and the internal world of our collective psyches.
 
Claudia will be giving a talk about the process of creating her artwork, the sketches, the fabrication, and philosophy that inspired #Fiberspace.  As well as how she collaborated with sound and video artists Adolfo Bueno of TKSH Films, and Leonardo Aldrey of Audioblend to create the final work.  After the talk, we will be able to experience the installation in small groups.  
 
Come join us for a friendly gathering of communities and conversation.
LushBunny is spinning a few sets after the art immersion so it should be super fun.
 
 
The event will take place on Thursday 4/10/14 7pm at the CultureBrain Academy inside Maker City LA. Maker City LA is located in downtown LA at 1933 S. Broadway, 11th floor, LA 90007.
 
There is metered parking on Broadway and two self pay lots.
 
We’re also 2 blocks from the Blue Line Grand Station at Washington and several bus stops so consider taking public transit :)
 
Please come out and support the Arts + Tech community in LA!
Register here for tickets to secure your spot.
 
See you at #Fiberspace!

ArtsTechLA Launches

Last week, we had our very first ArtsTech LA gathering hosted at Maker City LA. We had a fantastic panel including ArtsTechMeetup founder Julia Kaganskiy to kick off our event.  The focus of our first meetup was to showcase a variety of Arts + Tech projects happening in LA and discuss the city’s unique ecology of communities experimenting and making work.

Julia began with the origins of the meetups in NY and how she wanted to bring the disparate communities of arts organizations, startups and tech artists together to share ideas and talk to each other.  She also touched on the Art, Tech, Design incubator she is now heading at the New Museum called New, Inc.  This experimental project is in part a response to the ongoing changes in the ways artists and creative are working today: cross-disciplinary, collaborative, leveraging technology and increasingly straddling the line between culture and commerce.

Amy Heibel shared news of the revival of LACMA’s Arts + Tech Lab which originally ran from 1967-1971 and paired artists like James Turrell, Andy Warhol and Claes Oldenburg with major tech companies.  The twitterverse was all atwitter as Amy told a story about Oldenburg’s many thwarted attempts to animate his giant hydraulic, pneumatic mechanical icebag. She noted that “a really important part of the Art+Technology program is the pursuit of purposeful failure.”

Mileece, one of Maker City LA’s Artists in Residence shared her work and philosophy of using technology to highlight the dire environmental disaster headed our way.  Her work uses clean energy to produce art objects and immersive experiences that reconnect us to plants, the earth, and each other.

George Bloom shared how Hollywood is using 3D laser scanning to recreate locations that are problematic to shoot like The Great Wall of China and The Vatican.  He also talked about the possibility of pairing laser scanning and the Oculus virtual reality system as a way for artists to create new worlds with very little costs.  Just a few days later, Facebook announced that it was purchasing Oculus.

Bret Nicely talked about how MOCA.tv was started to expand the conversation they were having with their audience.  Being “the artist’s museum,” MOCA intended to create content that was compelling to the digital natives of YouTube, not just typical “museum” content with talking heads giving lectures.  The energy of MOCA.tv’s collaborations with artists like Bjork and Yung Jake are great examples of how an institution with a clear and relevant POV can reimagine the museum in the digital age.

Mark Allen, founder of Machine Project, one of LA’s longest running experimental incubators, also lit up twitter when he said “there are more artists than the world can pay for.”  At Machine Project, Mark creates artist lead events, classes and experiments that test ideas that may or may not work. The environment is friendly and inclusive, unlike the traditional gallery vibe, allowing the diverse ecosystem of LA’s creative community to experience emerging ideas in progress without judgment or fear of failure.

During the panel discussion, we had some great questions from the community that sparked possible future event topics. 

Some themes emerged from this session about the landscape of LA that makes it uniquely hospitable for Arts + Tech . 

  1. A variety of small independent projects percolating all over the city—from guerilla radio networks to experimental video games
  2. Direct access and informal collaborations between indie art projects and city institutions
  3. LA’s openness to new ideas, complex thinking, willingness to experiment and fail
  4. LA is known for Hollywood, but it also has deep science and technology roots like JPL and new innovators like Space X
  5. The variety of international communities that call LA home—enriching the city with great food, art, cultural practices and global thinking
  6. A willingness to share information and learnings with the community
  7. The great weather

Thanks to everyone who participated and came to our 1st event.  Judging by the enthusiasm, it looks like LA was really ready for ArtsTech LA to happen.  Apologies to all of you on the wait list who couldn’t get a ticket this time.  Please follow us on twitter  for the latest announcements on future events.

Thanks again to Julia for giving LA a great start. A big thanks to artist and photographer Jody Asano for taking these awesome photos of the event. And thanks to our sponsors GreenBarCabo ChipsStumptown Coffee, and Joia for making our event so delicious.

See you soon at a future ArtsTechLA gathering!

Sharon Ann LeeDirector of ArtsTech LA

#ArtsTechLA is bringing together LA’s community of artists, makers, technophiles, museums, creative professionals and labs for our first meetup.  #ArtsTech founder and Director of the New Museum’s Incubator for Art, Technology and Design, Julia Kaganskiy, will be leading a panel discussion for our inaugural gathering.
Julia will share her experiences and learnings running #ArtsTech for the past 5 years.  She and a panel of LA’s artists, technologists and museums will also guide an exploratory discussion about the unique terrain of LA’s Art + Technology communities and culture.
The panel will include:
Julian Kaganskiy,  Director, New Museum’s Incubator for Art, Technology, and Design
Bret Nicely,  Associate Director of Digital Media MOCA
Amy Heibel,  VP Technology, Web and Digital Media at LACMA
Mileece,  Sonic and Environmental Installation Artist 
Mark Allen,  Founder of Machine Project
Sharon Ann Lee,  Culture Analyst, Co-Creator Maker City LA
George Bloom, Executive Producer at CBS Digital/Visual Effects 

Come join us for a casual gathering of communities and conversation.  We hope this is the beginning of many fun programs and projects.

The event will take place on Saturday 3/22/14 3pm at the CultureBrain Academy inside Maker City LA.  Maker City LA is located in downtown LA at 1933 S. Broadway, 11th Floor, LA 90007
Please register here for tickets.

#ArtsTechLA is bringing together LA’s community of artists, makers, technophiles, museums, creative professionals and labs for our first meetup.  #ArtsTech founder and Director of the New Museum’s Incubator for Art, Technology and Design, Julia Kaganskiy, will be leading a panel discussion for our inaugural gathering.

Julia will share her experiences and learnings running #ArtsTech for the past 5 years.  She and a panel of LA’s artists, technologists and museums will also guide an exploratory discussion about the unique terrain of LA’s Art + Technology communities and culture.

The panel will include:

Julian Kaganskiy,  Director, New Museum’s Incubator for Art, Technology, and Design

Bret Nicely,  Associate Director of Digital Media MOCA

Amy Heibel,  VP Technology, Web and Digital Media at LACMA

Mileece,  Sonic and Environmental Installation Artist 

Mark Allen,  Founder of Machine Project

Sharon Ann Lee,  Culture Analyst, Co-Creator Maker City LA

George Bloom, Executive Producer at CBS Digital/Visual Effects 

Come join us for a casual gathering of communities and conversation.  We hope this is the beginning of many fun programs and projects.

The event will take place on Saturday 3/22/14 3pm at the CultureBrain Academy inside Maker City LA.  Maker City LA is located in downtown LA at 1933 S. Broadway, 11th Floor, LA 90007

Please register here for tickets.