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Fire up your creativity! Come to NYC this fall to meet and get inspired by today's most exciting cutting-edge tech artists.

WE DID IT!!!!

Thanks to everyone who has made this project a reality!  I am over the moon with joy!  I am setting a new goal of $20,000.  

Conference ticket prices will go up to $500 starting Thursday morning (this Kickstarter project ENDS at Midnight TODAY) and will be for sale at http://lisa2012.eventbrite.com/ , so be sure to tell your friends now about the $400 Kickstarter ticket. (The Afterparty ticket goes up to $40 on Thursday as well).

O'Reilly Media has just confirmed they will be a Gold Sponsor.  Thanks to them, we'll be adding a pre-conference Salon to the agenda, to be held in a location TBD on Sunday early evening 10/14.

At this event, we will launch the creation of our new project: the LISA Directory, a who's who reference book for art in the digital age.  The process of creating this book will be an open-source repository process using O'Reilly software and GitHub.

Anne Spalter has donated 11 framed, signed, unique prints! Please check out the rewards at the $200 pledge level.

Hi Kickstarter!

I'm organizing an all-day Leaders in Software and Art conference in New York City, Tuesday October 16th, 2012.  We're reaching out to everyone who works with or cares about art and technology, urging you to come meet and get inspired by some of the top artists and art experts in the field.

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.

Putting advertising people together with museum curators? Seriously?

Yes, and artists and engineers too!  Although these fields might seem diametrically opposed, they actually have a terrific amount in common.  They all deal directly with the human response to sensory, conceptual and emotional input.  They're all being disrupted by advances in technology.  Besides, the use of technology as an artistic medium spreads across disciplines in a way you wouldn't see with painting or sculpture.  Many legitimate interactive artists make money doing creative work for brands, while some of the work creative coders and designers produce at work is worthy of the name art.

The point we are making is this: here are some of the best people working in media art today.  If you need to meet them to do your job right, you will be here.  If that means meeting some new people you don't normally hang out with - that excites us!

What do you have planned for the conference?

We've planned the following schedule (subject to change):

Monday, Oct. 15
Artist Open Studios

Tuesday, Oct. 16
8:00-9:00        Registration, Coffee, Pastries
9:00-10:00      First Panel – Collecting New Media Art
10:00-10:15    Break, Coffee
10:15-10:45    Keynote I
10:45-11:45    Lightning Artist Talks (10 artists, 15 slides, 20 seconds each)
11:45-12:15    Keynote II
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
6:00-6:15        Wrap
6:15-8:30        Break for Dinner
8:30-12:00      Dance Party, Stunning Visuals, possible Open Bar

Who's presenting (so far)?

Amanda McDonald Crowley - New media and contemporary art curator, former executive director, Eyebeam
Andrew Bell - Interactive designer; co-author, Cinder
Asher Remy Toledo - New media curator and collector
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

And more!

Can I come from far away?

Definitely, we encourage it.  Autumn is great in NYC.  Make a weekend of it, then spend Monday touring our open studios and meeting artists.  Tuesday is conference day.  Be sure not to leave until Wednesday morning, as we are planning a party with truly mind-expanding visual effects and great music - we don't want you to miss it!

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, including Erik Sanner, Joe Stanco, Jeff Becker, Katharine Staelin, Sophie Barrett-Kahn, Nina Colosi, Max Steiner, and dozens of others.

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.   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, of course, is our first conference; although I personally have helped plan, produce, and promote a half dozen major conferences in my career.

Where is it?

The conference will be held in a beautiful modern theater at The Guggenheim Museum, 1071 Fifth Avenue, New York NY 10128.

What are the rewards?

- My undying gratitude.

- Conference Tickets.  Note: these are in limited supply.

- Rehearsal previews and/or early access to conference video.

- Afterparty tickets - this is gonna rage, with great visuals by our artist presenters, djs and enough refreshment to keep things flowing!

- Sponsorship packages (see descriptions at right).  If you are interested in these, or you want to take the idea to your company to sponsor, please feel free to email me at the contact info at right before committing.  We want to make it work for you.

- All-over print t-shirts and the chance to vote on which you prefer.  We may do male and female versions.  If you can't make it to New York, you can wear the shirt while you watch us online.

All-over print tees by Scott Draves and the Electric Sheep
All-over print tees by Scott Draves and the Electric Sheep

Why do tickets cost $400?

I chose the name Leaders in Software and Art and the LISA acronym because of TED, with exactly this conference in mind.  I want to produce an exciting event where people come together to watch, learn from, meet and be inspired by some of the most important people in the world working in their field.  We're not TED, but we are aiming to capture the original freshness and exuberance of TED, the creativity boost folks get from attending, the top-notch artists and speakers, the great networking and exclusivity of the crowd at the conference, a high quality production, and the same kind of public sharing of videos.  And in 2012 TED cost $7,500 to attend ($15,000 as a donor and $125,000 as a patron).   

I didn't want to have this conference in just any old space; I don't want to hold people hostage for an entire morning without serving so much as a cup of coffee; and all of the artists and professionals who are speaking attend the conference free of charge, so paying attendees' pricing has to cover their seats.   But most of all, what you will gain from being here is worth this price. 

It's a high bar to meet, which means everyone there will be a person who has met a high bar.  You'll be meeting people who really wanted to be at the LISA conference on October 16 2012, not just folks who didn't have anything better to do.  People will participate with intent.  That makes a difference to whom you will meet there and why people will be there.  If you need to be at this conference, you'll find a way to help us pay to make it great.  And if you can't pull together the cash, join us at the afterparty or watch our videos online - we'll be posting them!

Fundraising Goals
If we raise a bit more money than our minimum
We will be able to add amenities to our conference, such as breakfast and lunch; printed programs; lanyard nametags; video editing.

If we raise quite a bit more money than our minimum
We will begin to compensate our team for their work producing the kickstarter video, creating the website, producing the party, and working the registration tables.

If we raise significantly more money than our minimum
We'll add bonuses to the afterparty like bigger DJs and more free drinks; I will be partially compensated for running LISA; we'll put some money aside for next year's conference.

If we hit the ball out of the park
We'll start a grant program for software artists to develop and show their work in NYC!

in case we don't raise our minimum
Please sign up for future updates at our website at http://softwareandart.com - we'll pull something together in a smaller space for the same date.

Thank you to our sponsors
We would not be able to undertake this endeavor without the support of our sponsors.

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    Thank you for your vote of confidence! You will get an official public thank you in our social media channels and bi-weekly “insider updates” about the conference plans. We will give you early access to conference video, before the general public gets to see it.

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