ARTISTS FUSE WITH TECHNOLOGY
Panel moderated by Savona & the West Harlem Art Fund; Location: Silicon Harlem Technology Conference at MIST Harlem located at 46 W 116th St, NY, NY 10026; Thursday, October 16, 2014; Panel time: 1:30 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.
The rapid pace of technology has opened doors for creating 21st century art. White walls are crumbling and artists are beginning to taking advantage of these new opportunities. Engaging the public and offering them the choice to participate and even shape the focus and direction of art is now a reality. We are no longer watching old Jetson television shows but actually living it. Harlem creative professionals are tapping into these platforms and partnering with other institutions around the City. Panelists include local and NYC-based groups who will share developments on these emerging technologies and collaborative projects.
Panelist include: Anna Hayman, Managing Director of CultureHub, Camille Santistevan, Education & Outreach Manager for the CUNY Center for Advance Technology, M. Henry Jones, founder of SnakeMonkey 3D Studios, Professor Bruce H. Thomas is the Deputy Director of the Advanced Computing Research Centre and Director of the Wearable Computer Lab at the University of South Australia, Carrie Mae Rose, Sculptor/Technologist, Wearable Weapons; Moderator: Savona, Executive Director & Chief Curator for the West Harlem Art Fund
Online Registration: http://siliconharlem.net
Panelist & Moderator
SAVONA BAILEY-MCCLAIN currently lives and works in New York City. She is an independent curator, producer and preservation advocate. The range of McClain’s practice has included sculpture, drawings, performance, sound, and mixed media. McClain is the Executive Director & Chief Curator for The West Harlem Art Fund, Inc. a sixteen year old public art organization and curatorial collective serving neighborhoods around the City. Her public art installations have been seen in the New York Times, Art Daily, Artnet, Los Angeles Times, DNAinfo, Huffington Post among others. McClain strives for a soulful, meaningful connection with the public and the “arts”. It simply has to be approachable as far as she is concerned. McClain has installed at Times Square, DUMBO, Soho, NoLita, Williamsburg, Governors Island, Queens, Greater Harlem (East, Central and West), Chelsea, Upper East Side and the Bronx. Noted works include The H in Harlem, Counting Sheep, Story Piles, East River Flows, Under the Viaduct, Playlabs and Loosely Coupled. McClain has a liberal arts degree from the University of Pittsburgh and has been recently selected to join TINA, the new international network for contemporary art based in Italy.
ANNA HAYMAN has been working with CultureHub since 2011, when she came to the organization via La MaMa, where she was the Development Associate for La MaMa’s 50th Anniversary Celebrations. She is a producer and development professional whose credits include: The Provenance of Beauty and Myopia/Plays for the Foundry Theatre, Angela’s Mixtape at the Ohio Theater for New Georges & The Hip Hop Theater Festival, Another Place with the Anthropologists as part of the HEREStay Artists Residency at HERE, Havana Bourgeois, Ping Pong Diplomacy, and Billboard with Reverie Productions. She has produced plays and events at Bristol Valley Theater, 59E59 Theaters, and CSC, and was the Development Director for TACT/The Actors Company Theatre and Development Consultant for Pam Tanowitz, Alexandra Beller/Dances, chashama, and others. As a performer, her credits include OBIE award winners Benten Kozoand Jennie Richie, numerous Downtown shows, regional productions, and voiceovers. She holds a BA in Theater and Film Studies from Barnard College, a Postgraduate Diploma from Drama Studio London, and an MFA in Performing Arts Management from Brooklyn College.
M. HENRY JONES is the Founder of SnakeMonkey 3D Studios. For three decades, SnakeMonkey 3-D Studio has been the launchpad for incredible collaborative projects that M. Henry Jones has created in conjunction with dozens of fellow East Village musicians, artists, and photographers. Years of animation work led to the creation of the group’s unique, viewer interactive, animated Fly’s Eye 3-D images. After a successful Kickstarter campaign in 2012, his group has focused on improving their Fly’s Eye Project by experimenting with various methods. They are excited to begin a partnership with the Crouse lab at the City College of New York Grove School of Engineering that will help them to optimize their polyurethane lens array using Zemax optical design software.
CARRIE MAE ROSE is a sculptor, seeker and technologist whose research overlaps into the fields of fine art, technology, fashion, science and mysticism. Rose’s work has evolved from her Wearable Weapon sculptures series made from recycled material to creating installations, prints and computational couture with technology. She has participated in events with MoMA, Brooklyn Museum, Rockefeller Cultural Innovation Fund, Eyebeam Art & Technology Center, Microsoft Social Computing Symposium, NY Hall of Science, Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum, IgniteNYC, Princeton Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department and Parsons The New School for Design. Recently in New York she has exhibited work in BETA Spaces, Devotion Gallery, Galerie Protégé, Gallery 151, Con Artist Collective, Eyebeam Art & Technology Center and an online MoMA project entitled Design & Violence. She is currently collaborating with Mars Without Borders (MWOB) and International Space Medicine Consortium (ISMC) to build a crystalline garment with EEG & HPV sensor feedback to train future astronauts in meditation.
CAMILLE SANTISTEVAN is currently the Education & Outreach Manager at the CUNY Center for Advanced Technology (CAT) an economic development center sponsored by Empire State Development, with the mission to facilitate industry/university collaborative research. The CUNY CAT supports important applied research, particularly studies involving light-enabled technologies. Since 2008, CUNY CAT has helped NY industry create or retain 156 jobs and has been credited with $73M of non-job economic impact, while training STEM students for high-paying jobs in industry & government. Camille is responsible for coordinating various outreach activities that engage college student researchers, CUNY faculty, community organizations and business representatives. She holds a M.S. degree from the Columbia University School of Social Work and a B.A. in Political Science from University of California, Berkeley.
Professor BRUCE H. THOMAS is the Deputy Director of the Advanced Computing Research Centre and Director of the Wearable Computer Lab. Prof. Thomas is nationally and internationally recognized for his contributions to the scientific community and to industry in the areas Wearable Computers, Tabletop Interactions, Augmented Reality, and User Interaction.
Venue: MIST offers three flexible studios, the most versatile and technologically sophisticated entertainment and hospitality space in NYC. The studios have been designed to accommodate film screening of independent and Hollywood studio productions; live performance of music, spoken word, and dance; corporate and community meetings; banquets; private parties; and production of original content for webcast; streaming or broadcast. The studios are acoustically isolated from each other, which mean a movie may project in one while a live band is in the other with no sound infiltration between the two. The studio’s acoustic performance and flexibility of arrangements offer a wide variety of options for performances. The stadium seating operates hydraulically and the telescoping systems accordions into the walls providing an entirely flat floor for a variety of events.