INTERSECTION OF TECHNOLOGY AND ART IN PUBLIC PLACES
BostonAPP/Lab Notes from June 10, 2014
A common part of Tuesday night’s conversation was the involvement of community and how to do it. With examples of the Boston Harbor Island Pavilion light board, Cedric Doulglass’ UP Truck, JR’s portrait gallery in Times Square, and a future look into Primavera de Filippi’s illuminating trees ideally for Burning Man, the lab was clear on the importance of public art with which the public can engage. If there is an art piece into which people have the opportunity to contribute their own creativity, they too may understand that the art is also theirs. It builds a strength in people and creates a sense of unity. Thousands of thoughts, one language. Art.
Of course, in order to have people aware of such interactive art, we must be able to let them know it exists. These three steps were mentioned as a strategy to do just that:
The lab would have not been the lab it was without discussing the relation between technology and art. How they are both moving forward and how easy it is becoming to combine both as one. The interactive art examples all included some type of technology, from lights and algorithm, to mobility, to bio-generated solar light tubes, into mass production of portraits in minutes. As we quickly move forward to a new age of technology, new creative mediums of self expression can be discovered. !
Existing tech to move forward
Lights as new medium
Two common and critical points are Location and Simplicity. Where are the best places to display public art? Who will see them? Why is a particular work specifically there? What do we want our audience to discover?
What can each of us do?!
What can we do together that we can't do separately?!