About the Conference
Leaders in Software and Art (LISA) is putting together a very special creative software and tech art conference in NYC for October 15-16 which will take place at the Guggenheim Museum. This event gathers together the leaders in established and emerging software and electronic media art to showcase the forefront of what is happening in these fields. Attendees will come to meet each other, network, recruit creative coders, and get inspired by new possibilities in tech art.
Where's the impact? Think ipad apps, out-of-the-box interaction design, the coolest ads you have ever seen, rethinking the book publishing and music business, and advances in 3D graphics. All of those innovations and many more will be driven by the kind of creative thinking and inspiration that our presenters engender every day. The late Steve Jobs of Apple insisted that the impact of art should reach beyond museums and galleries and into corporations and product design. As Bob Dylan sings, "He not busy being born is busy dying". So get busy!
Our speakers are the cutting edge, forward-thinking practitioners in New York City's arts tech scene, including interactive and visual computer art designers, engineers and coders, plus collectors, gallerists, curators and more. They'll be talking about everything from data visualization to crowdsourced art, plus showing off work from four major toolkits for creating generative and interactive audio and visuals. Twenty artists will show what they've been working on lately, to get you inspired for your next project. We'll also cover the problematics of including software art in the art establishment, and have a session on collecting media art. It's something for everybody. Join us!
If you are just personally interested in art that's made using a technological process, or if you have a career at an interactive marketing or advertising agency, content or publishing company, software or app company, this is where you'll find the people making the inspiring work that you'll be referencing for the year to come. If you're in the gallery space, a museum curator or an art buyer, we hope you will come be blown away by the amazing new work that's exploding into the contemporary art space, and participate in our discussions about how to shepherd the art canon into the 21st century.
The conference will be held in the beautiful modern Peter B. Lewis theater at The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, 1071 Fifth Avenue, New York NY 10128.
Sunday, Oct. 14
Pre-conference Software Salon sponsored by O'Reilly Media. 4-7 pm, NYU ITP, 721 Broadway, 4th Floor. Tickets Required. Free.
Monday, Oct. 15
Artist Open Studios throughout the City - Conference and Salon attendees only. http://softwareandart.com/?page_id=1093
Tuesday, Oct. 16 - Peter B. Lewis Theater, 88th and 5th
8:00-8:30 Registration, Coffee, Pastries
8:45- 9:00 Opening Remarks
9:00-10:00 First Panel – Collecting New Media Art
10:00-10:15 Break, Coffee
10:15-10:45 Keynote I: Laurie Anderson
10:45-11:45 Lightning Artist Talks (10 artists, 15 slides, 20 seconds each)
11:45-12:15 Keynote II: Scott Snibbe
12:15-1:30 Lunch nearby, or onsite
1:30-2:30 Second Panel – What's Possible with Toolkits? Processing, OpenFrameworks, Cinder, and Max/MSP/Jitter
2:30-3:30 Lightning Artist Talks (10 artists, 15 slides, 20 seconds each)
3:30-4:00 Break, cookies
4:00-5:00 Third Panel – Crowdsourced + Social Media Art
5:00-6:00 Fourth Panel – Software Art and the Art Establishment
6:15-8:30 Break for Dinner
8:30-12:00 Dance Party, Stunning Visuals, Open Bar. FOR LOCATION CHECK YOUR EMAIL (search for "afterparty")
Amanda McDonald Crowley - New media and contemporary art curator, former executive director, Eyebeam
Andrew Bell - Interactive designer; co-author, Cinder
Anne Spalter - New media artist, author and educator
Bang-Geul Han - Media Artist, Assistant professor for the Digital Arts and Sciences program at Clarkson University
Bryce Wolkowitz – Owner and Director, Bryce Wolkowitz Gallery
Christiane Paul - Associate Professor, School of Media Studies, The New School; Adjunct Curator of New Media Arts, Whitney Museum
Claudia Hart - Media artist, art critic, Associate Professor, School of the Art Institute of Chicago
Daniel Shiffman - Assistant arts professor at NYU ITP; co-founder, Processing Foundation
Erik Sanner - Media artist, creator of "paintings that move"
Fernanda Viegas - Computational designer, co-leader of Google's data visualization group
Georgia Krantz - Senior education manager, adult and access programs at the Guggenheim Museum and adjunct professor, The New School and NYU ITP
Golan Levin - New media artist, composer, performer and engineer, associate professor of time-based art at CMU
Jake Barton - Interactive and media designer, founder of Local Projects
Jason Eppink - Artist, assistant curator of digital media at the Museum of the Moving Image
Karoline Sobecka - New media artist, interactive designer, animator
Ken Johnson - Art critic, New York Times
Kenji Williams - Filmmaker, music producer, composer, violinist, and founder, Bella Gaia project
Kurt Ralske - Artist, programmer and musician
Lesley Flanigan (tentative) - Vocalist, artist, electronic composer and performer
Mark Shepard (tentative)- Artist, architect, and new media and information technologies researcher
Mary Huang - Interactive designer, programmer, fashion designer
Melissa Mongiat - Designer, storyteller, and founder of Daily tous les jours
Michael Spalter - Digital art collector and chairman of the board, Rhode Island School of Design
Mouna Andraos - Designer, maker and founder of Daily tous les jours
Phil Stearns - Electronic Artist, light and sound artist
R. Luke DuBois - Composer, performer, conceptual new media artist, programmer, record producer and pedagogue
Scott Draves - Software artist, programmer, creator of The Electric Sheep
Scott Snibbe - Media artist, filmmaker, entrepreneur; app designer, Biophilia
Sophie Kahn - Digital and electronic artist
Tristan Perich - Electronic and sound artist and composer
Ursula Endlicher - New media, internet art and performance artist
Yael Kanarek - Artist, Net Art expert, founder of TheUpgrade!
Zach Lieberman - Artist, programmer, co-creator of openFrameworks, Golden Nica prizewinner
For more information, see the LISA Conference Website.
What is Leaders in Software and Art?
LISA was founded in the fall of 2009 by Isabel Walcott Draves and Scott Draves. We immediately were joined by several important co-founders and later, loyal supporters, including Erik Sanner, Joe Stanco, Jeff Becker, Katharine Staelin, Sophie Barrett-Kahn, Nina Colosi, Max Steiner, and hundreds of others.
We hold monthly salons in places like people's living rooms (starting to be a pretty big living room these days), museums, galleries, lofts, and sometimes commercial spaces. We have four presenters every month who speak about their work in software, art or both. You can see a list at the LISA website. It's time to start showing off some of this phenomenal talent to a broader group!
Collectively, our presenters have shown work at MoMA, the Met, the Guggenheim, LACMA, SFMOMA, Cooper-Hewett, Museum of the Moving Image, the Whitney, the San Jose Museum of Art, the Museum of Contemporary Art of Barcelona, the Tate Modern, and the New Museum; they have won the Prix Ars Electronica Golden Nica and been celebrated by MediaLab Prado, Japan Media Arts, Piksel Norway, Boston Cyberarts, FILE, Siggraph, Transmediale, South by Southwest, Sonar, and ISEA; they have worked with ITP, Eyebeam, Harvestworks and the Rockefeller Foundation and are represented by Philips de Pury, Sotheby’s, Sandra Gering, Bitforms, and Nancy Hoffman Gallery. They are faculty at NYU, Columbia, Pratt, RISD, and UCLA. That's just a small selection; there's a ton of art chops and street cred here.
This is our first conference.
Thanks to our brand-new sponsor O'Reilly Media (the people who brought you the "animal books" on open source programming, MAKE Magazine and Maker Faire, and the TOC: Tools of Change publishing conference), we have been able to add another event to our schedule--the FREE Sunday Salon 10/14 (to be held at NYU ITP - 721 Broadway, 4th Floor from 4pm - 7pm.) If you register for a ticket here we'll let you know when and where it will be.
There'll be good networking and food and drink at the Salon, and we'll begin with a conversation: What happens when we include software art--interactive features, video, and code--in the object formerly known as the book? And what would happen if we made "books" in the same way developers make open-source code? Could we just open it up and let the crowd contribute, decide whose contributions to accept, and publish?
Then we'll go a step beyond--and this is the really cool part. Together, starting on Sunday, 10/14, using O'Reilly's new collaborative publishing tools (beta, but user-friendly), we'll begin to make a LISA "book" that is beyond a book. Imagine a comprehensive compendium of all of the Leaders in Software and Art, that could include actual demos of their work, that could be downloaded as an app, ebook, pdf, or printed into an actual volume. Who and what would be in it? You submit the content. You edit the content. You weed out the invaders.
Over the next months, we'll create the living, breathing, updatable, definitive directory of software, electronic, and new media artists and experts. If you should be in this directory, or want to use this directory, or help curate this directory, come on Sunday or sign up for LISA announcements. We want everyone to know where to turn when they want software artists and experts. Thanks to O'Reilly for making this possible.