(c) Joia Shillingford
Technology for art’s sake
What can technology contribute to art? The creators project, a partnership with chip-company Intel and style magazine Vice, sought to answer this question, or at least have fun exploring it.
The creators project is launching in five cities. First was New York, London was last weekend (Friday 16/Saturday 17) and Sao Paulo, Seoul and Beijing are to follow.
Among the exhibits was a chair that seeks to complement the colours of the sitter’s clothes (above) and bathe them in a halo of light.
Also popular were a forest with embedded music, a Triptych of light sculptures, which changed as people approached, and a modern take on old-fashioned computer games. Among the collaborators were London-born DJ and producer Mark Ronson (on the panel at Friday’s press conference) and fellow London musician Tinchy Stryder.
The project team began by selecting artists they wanted to work with in various cities but people are now contacting them and saying they want to be part of the global experiment.
Perhaps surprisingly, given its influence on popular culture, few of the exhibits had any connection with mobile communication. However, one of the projects under the creators umbrella - from Hojun Song of South Korea - is the Open Source Satellite Initiative, which “strives to give everyone the means to send his or her own little hunk of metal into orbit using a combination of everyday items like an iPod, a portable radio, and a modified directional antenna”.
More at thecreatorsproject.com