What is the future of digital art?

On Tuesday, I spoke on a panel discussion about the future of the digital art landscape at Heron Arts in San Francisco. The event was hosted by Depict, and featured The Lab’s Dena Beard, YBCA’s Ceci Moss, the Wattis’ Anthony Huberman, and moderator Alexander Nemerov of Stanford. It was an interesting talk, and since it was recorded, you can watch the entire thing on YouTube – but only if you… Read More →

News: My interview with artist Julia Christensen published on The Creators Project

I had the pleasure of interviewing media artist Julia Christensen about her poignant project Burnouts, in which she turns discarded iPhones and other trashed technologies into functional projectors. Using her homemade projectors, she beams animations of obsolete constellations onto the ceiling – interestingly, these constellations have been removed from maps of the night sky because they can no longer be viewed from earth, in large part due to light polution from… Read More →

Making the Invisible Visible: Bitcoin Edition

Can invisible information have a defined visual aesthetic? -and/or- When can the aesthetics of the digital world move beyond symbology? PSA: Not sure what Bitcoin is? It’s a completely digital peer-to-peer payment system and currency that uses cryptography to secure transactions. It was introduced as open source software by Satoshi Nakamoto, a pseudonymous character who the media is obsessed with trying to identify. Users can send and receive bitcoins using digital wallets (imagine a digital… Read More →

In the Zeitgeist: Art in Ad Spaces

Recently, a number of projects have launched with the intent of bringing art experiences to ad spaces. Art Everywhere, Art City, The Manifest Destiny Billboard Project, and even SFMOMA’s #PlayArtfully campaign (which I have worked on extensively) all seek to insert art into the everyday by making creative use of the spaces that normally assault us with calls to consume. Many of these projects seem to have the goal of pushing art-viewing… Read More →

Unpacking Our SXSW Panel, “Everyone’s a Curator: Do Museums Still Matter?”

In just a week, I’ll be presenting the panel, Everyone’s a Curator: Do Museums Still Matter? at South by Southwest Interactive with Kathryn Jaller of the Contemporary Jewish Museum, Sarah Bailey Hogarty of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, and Jennifer Yin of the Asian Art Museum. Woooh, deep breath! In preparing for this opportunity to represent a museum’s perspective at SXSW Interactive–a predominantly tech-focused, innovation-obsessed conference–it has been interesting to think about… Read More →

Social Media: IT’S NOT ABOUT YOU; IT’S ABOUT US.

We become what we behold. We shape our tools and then our tools shape us. – Marshall McLuhan Social media. Oh, how you torture me so. I can honestly say that I’ve never had more of a love/hate relationship with something as I currently have with the likes of Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and every other platform now in the mix. I’m in love with the idea of social media; with… Read More →

Why don’t techies care about art?

Recently I’ve noticed the relationship between the art world and tech world becoming a bit strained. As techies earn more and more money at younger ages, the established art world looks older and stiffer by comparison. Of course, the art world is old – a visit to almost any museum will prove that, and any liberal arts graduate will remember the likely pairing of the two words art and history. When put in… Read More →

Ambiguity in the Age of the Internet

As long as there have been men and they have lived, they have all felt this tragic ambiguity of their condition, but as long as there have been philosophers and they have thought, most of them have tried to mask it.  – Simone de Beauvoir, The Ethics of Ambiguity Normally I love the Internet, but sometimes I get the sense that an overwhelming tidal wave of all that it encapsulates has… Read More →

THE MYTHOLOGY OF LOST ART

“What the Photograph reproduces to infinity has occurred only once: the Photograph mechanically repeats what could never be repeated existentially.” ― Roland Barthes, Camera Lucida: Reflections on Photography With an infinity of images at our fingertips, how has the value of the original work of art evolved/devolved? I’ve just finished The Gardner Heist, one of the most thrilling books I’ve read in quite some time. Reading the book has gotten me thinking a lot about… Read More →

Participation = Success?

Today I was re-visiting a piece in the Wall Street Journal about Anne Pasternak, Creative Time‘s president and creative director. While explaining the success of Creative Time’s 9/11 memorial, Tribute in Light, Pasternak calls out the fact that the piece was heavily talked about, saying, “We fail when nobody pays attention.” This quote struck a chord with me. In this day and age, how do we measure “attention?” It goes without saying… Read More →