YESSSS! We would like to thank Google for sponsoring our speakers' dinner and bringing our Kickstarter up enough to get the entire project funded.
We still have 3 sponsor rewards levels to our Kickstarter. This is the opportunity for your company to be featured in front of 500 artistic technologists. Whether you make tools/media for the industry, or marketing/event solutions using software art, are hiring creative coders, or just want to remind our very cool crowd about your brand, don't miss this chance to help the art+tech community thrive!
On November 1, 2013, 40 of the top experts in digital and interactive art installation, data visualization, software art, interactive advertising, 3D printing, electronic sculpture, LED design, projection mapping, mobile art, tech wearables, app development, open source art, augmented reality, hacker art, new media curating, and digital art collecting will gather on stage at the Tishman Auditorium at The New School. Learn more on the LISA2013 website and see videos from last year on the softwareandart YouTube channel. I tweet at @softwareandart.
What are the rewards?
- Conference Tickets. We really want you to attend!
- Afterparty tickets - this is a great place to mingle, with great visuals by our artist presenters, djs and enough refreshment to keep things flowing!
- Removable wall decals by LISA2012 speaker Anne Spalter at the $15 and $35 level, your choice.
- This year's conference tees are all-over prints by Scott Draves and the Electric Sheep (please note - Expect white creases where the ink doesn't reach under the arms and at the seams. This is your proof that the shirts were placed into the printing press by after they were sewn).
- Last year's conference t-shirts - a collector's item!
- 3D printed necklaces from LISA2013 speaker Mary Huang
- A stunning print from LISA2012 speaker Sophie Kahn
- A ticket to the Eyeo Festival. I'm not kidding! They're not even on sale yet! Thanks gang for donating this to support LISA. Eyeo features "an incredible set of creative coders, data designers and artists, and attendees -- expect enthralling talks, unique workshops and interactions with open source instigators and super fascinating practitioners. EYEO 2014 is June 10-13 in Minneapolis.
- A dinner with a bunch of LISA alums, cooked by me at our house in Brooklyn. It's been said I give wonderful dinner parties with good food. Come over on a mutually-agreed-upon day in 2014 to dine and see some software art demos. You can invite 3 friends. This would be an unmatched family activity, a unique double date, or a special gift for the art and technology lover who doesn't want yet another necklace or tie.
Who should come to LISA?
Are you a programmer wanting to get more creative? A creative who wants to get technical? A web designer who wants to learn new ways of creating spectacular visuals? Maybe you're an artist, a curator, a collector, a professor, a student, a DIY entrepreneur, or you're in publishing, or marketing. LISA is here to give you the ideas and the network you need to take your dream to the next level.
You're there to learn about the latest developments in the field and to meet each other. Maybe you're there to recruit a team of creative coders, or to find a job at a hot agency. Maybe you're there to get ideas for your own project, or meet an artist who can partner with you on your next project. We're reaching out to everyone who works with or cares about art and technology, urging you to come and get inspired.
What do you have planned for the conference?
We've planned the following schedule (subject to change):
Thusday, Oct. 31 Artist Open Studios
Friday, Nov. 1
8:00-8:30 Registration, Coffee, Pastries
8:45- 8:50 Opening Remarks
8:50-9:50 First Panel – From Virtual to Real - Successfully Translating Digital Work to a Collection Context. Moderated by Christiane Paul, Associate Professor, School of Media Studies, The New School, Adjunct Curator of New Media Arts, Whitney Museum. Confirmed panelists: John F. Simon Jr., Lynn Hershman-Leeson, Lev Manovich and Magda Sawon.
9:50-10:10 Break, Coffee
10:10-10:40 Keynote Address: Zoë Keating, cellist and technologist
10:40-11:50 Lightning Artist Talks
11:50-1:30 Lunch nearby
1:30-2:00 Keynote Address II
2:00-3:00 Second Panel – Open Source Art. What is open source art and why is it important? How do the economics and participation of open source art work and why does it matter? Who is doing interesting work in open source today, and what are they making? In this conversation, our panelists are creators of open source movements and users of open source software. They discuss different types of open source art, from programming languages and electronics platforms to software art whose code itself is open sourced, and follow the impact of several different systems since their inception. Confirmed panelists: Scott Draves, Stefanie Wuschitz, Evelyn Eastmond and Lauren McCarthy.
3:00-3:30 Break, cookies 3:30-4:20 Lightning Artist Talks
4:20-5:20 Third Panel – DIY and the stART-up economy. Do-It-Yourself culture meets the new economy in DIY art, design and technology startups. What forces are driving the success of these companies? How does DIY and Maker culture fit in to the digital economy? How did they get started? What struggles do they face? Who are their clients, and their clients’ customers? Moderator: Sunny Bates. Confirmed panelists: Hilary Mason, Bre Pettis, Gabriella Levine and Kegan Schouwenburg.
5:20-6:20 Fourth Panel – Creative Coding, Art and Advertising. What are the values of advertising? Is there a conflict between art and advertising? What is different when you are doing advertising vs. doing your own work? What is some of the best commercial software art and creative coding being done today? Moderator: Chick Foxgrover. Confirmed panelists: Jamie Zigelbaum, Vivian Rosenthal, Margaret Brett-Kearns and Barry Threw.
6:30-8:00 Break for Dinner
8:00-11:00 Dance Party, Stunning Visuals, Drink Specials
Sat., Nov. 2- Possible workshops
Who is speaking?
Here are some of the best artists and curators, theorists and professionals working in the field of digital art today. If you need to meet them to do your job right, you will be here. Confirmed speakers so far include:
Bre Pettis, CEO, Makerbot; founder, NYCResistor; videoblogger.
Christiane Paul, Associate Professor, School of Media Studies, The New School; Adjunct Curator of New Media Arts, Whitney Museum.
Claire Bardainne, Artistic co-director for AM-CB, a creative research and design studio that merges digital arts with the performing arts to create spectacles and installations.
John F. Simon Jr., software artist.
Joshua Davis, Artist, designer, technologist, and creative director at Code and Theory, a creative digital agency that designs products, content and campaigns across platforms.
Gabriella Levine, Creative technologist, interactive artist and open-source hardware designer; fellow, Unreasonable At Sea; COO Protei Inc. drone sailboats
Kaiser Fung, Statistician; blogger, Junkcharts; Author of Numbersense: How to use big data to your advantage and Numbers Rule Your World: the hidden influence of probability and statistics in everything you do; Vice president, business and analytics, Vimeo.
Lauren McCarthy, Artist and computer programmer, adjunct faculty at RISD and NYU-ITP, developer for processing-js.
Luke Dubois, Software artist, assistant professor of digital media at New York University.
Lynn Hershman Leeson, New media artist, filmmaker.
Magdalena Sawon, Digital art dealer; co-founder and co-director,Postmasters Gallery.
Nitin Sawhney, Assistant professor of media studies at The New School, co-founder, Akaza Research and Department of Play at the MIT Center for Civic Media
Shane Hope, Software artist and 3D-print sculptor of artilectual femtofactured mind-splaces, fluidentities, thunkuppetrees, post-conscious subthreaded sales-swarms, and prescient peek-a-boo plunderware portraiture on percept pus.
Stefanie Wuschitz, Media artist and researcher; Founder of Miss Baltazar’s Laboratory, lecturer on digital art.
Toni Dove, Electronic media and virtual reality performance artist, hybrid film and installation artist and experimental theater producer.
Yucef Merhi, Software artist, hacker, computer programmer, web and graphic designer.
Where is the Conference?
Thanks to the support of The School of Media Studies at The New School, LISA2013 will be held in the 500-seat Tishman Auditorium on 66 West 12th Street at 5th Avenue, New York, NY 10011.
Can I come from far away?
Definitely, we encourage it. Halloween is amazing in NYC. Come on Wednesday night, spend Thursday touring our open studios and meeting artists, and participate in the the Halloween Parade in the Village. Friday is conference day. Make a weekend of it - we may have some afterglow events or workships on Saturday, and there are cool things going on all over the city, like "Soundings: A Contemporary Score" at MoMA featuring Tristan Perich, a LISA2012 speaker. You can catch "TJ Wilcox: In the Air" at the Whitney, "Participatory City: 100 Urban Trends from the BMW Guggenheim Lab Exhibit" at the Guggenheim, "Chris Burden: Extreme Measures" at the New Museum, or "Balthus: Cats and Girls—Paintings and Provocations" at the Met. You could head to the museum of the moving image or the Brooklyn Museum. (Note: these museums aren't affiliated with LISA - yet!).
If we raise the minimum...
We'll be able to bring in some artists from overseas that we think should be contributing to the conversation here. We'll pay for the basic requirements of the spaces we are using for the conference and afterparty, like insurance, equipment, rent and janitorial. We'll be able to post videos on the web of everything that takes place at the conference. We will be able to serve food our conference; we'll have printed programs; lanyard nametags, and conference t-shirts. We will compensate our team for their work producing the kickstarter video, creating the website, producing the conference and party, and working the registration tables.
If we raise significantly more money than our minimum...
I will be partially compensated for running LISA; we'll pay back the speakers who covered their own travel costs. If we hit the ball out of the park we'll use the money for next year so we don't have to Kickstart it again... although this is pretty fun.
In case we don't raise our minimum...
We are having this conference anyway. Maybe there will be no food or conference t-shirts, and the videos won't be as good, and the staff will not get paid, but the conference is on no matter what. Don't let that keep you from funding us though!
What is Leaders in Software and Art?
LISA was founded in the fall of 2009 by me - Isabel Walcott Draves - and my husband Scott Draves. We immediately were joined by several important co-founders and later, loyal supporters.
We hold monthly salons in places like people's living rooms (starting to have 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.
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. And really - that's just the beginning.
Risks and challenges
The challenges and risks associated with running a conference are major. What if I can't get the speakers I want? What if the projection, or the audio, stops working? What if someone doesn't show up at the last minute? What if a sponsor falls through or the all over print t-shirt company goes out of business? What if there's a hurricane?
I will find a workaround. That's what I do.
My goal is to satisfy the audience, no matter the obstacle. I've run events for awhile so this isn't my first endeavor. One day when I was producing the VentureBeat GamesBeat conference a number of years ago, there was a fire alarm and everyone had to clear out of the theater and the building. In a major conference every single minute is planned for, so this was a potential disaster. We asked the audience and speakers to go outside for 45 minutes and presented it with good humor as a great opportunity for extra networking. When we were allowed back in, we shortened each of the remaining sessions a bit and went a little over at the end of the day.
I'll take what comes my way and, as Tim Gunn says on Project Runway, Make It Work.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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