After 9 Evenings: A 50th Anniversary Celebration

After 9 Evenings: Object Field: A Symposium on Current and Historical Experiments in Art and Technology

Sat 01 Oct, 2016, 10am

NYU Tandon School of Engineering

A symposium on art and technology, organized by ISSUE Project Room and NYU, held at the NYU Tandon School of Engineering in Downtown Brooklyn on Saturday, October 1, 2016. Presenters and panelists will revisit the pioneering work of 9 Evenings (1966) and expose various developments in digital technologies and interactive design today. The symposium gathers artists, engineers, cultural producers, scientists, scholars, and creative coders who advocate for the creative and social exploration of networks and technological innovation. The day-long event features talks by acclaimed contemporary artists and engineers, a panel discussion moderated by R. Luke DuBois (composer, new media artist, and Co-Director of NYU’s Brooklyn Experimental Media Center and ITP programs), and presentations by thinkers who will address the history of Experiments in Art and Technology’s 9 Evenings and its impact on contemporary practice.

11am - 1pm: Sound Technologies & Software

Zabet Patterson - Author of Peripheral Vision: Bell Labs, the S-C 4020, and the Origins of Computer Art (MIT Press); Stony Brook University, Associate Professor / College of Arts & Sciences and Consortium for Digital Art, Culture & Technology.

Carol Parkinson - Harvestworks, Founder and Executive Director

Domhnaill Hernon - Nokia/Bell Labs, Director of Research for Hybrid Modules and Devices & Site Lead for Research

Nic Collins - Author of Handmade Electronic Music: The Art of Hardware Hacking (Routledge); School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Professor, Sound

Anne Collins Goodyear - Bowdoin College Museum of Art, Co-Director; Former Curator for New Media, Smithsonian American Art Museum

1 - 1:30pm Break

1:30 - 2:30pm: Creative Coding & Interactive Design

Ayanna Seals is a designer, researcher, and software engineer who is passionate about creating solutions within the field of civic technology, focusing on community development and poverty alleviation.

Leslie Martinez is a researcher for Design for America who is currently prototyping products, services, and experiences to improve the lives of people in Kathmandu, Nepal.

Katherine Bennett is a media artist who utilizes programming and physical computing to create interactive and responsive multichannel installations and narratives. She is Visiting Assistant Professor of Integrated Digital Media at the Tandon School of Engineering at New York University.

Shawn Van Every is a researcher, professor and consultant who develops tools that help to make low cost media making, distribution and interactivity possible. He is a professor and the Academic Director at the Interactive Telecommunications Program at NYU.

Claire Kearney-Volpe is an art therapist, researcher, and designer working in inclusive design and assistive technology. She is a doctoral candidate in Rehabilitation Sciences at NYU and the research fellow for the NYU Ability Project.

Moderated by R. Luke DuBois.

2:30 - 3:00 Break

3 - 6pm: New Media & Performance Systems

Tega Brain & Surya Mattu

Tega Brain is an artist, environmental engineer, and pioneer of “eccentric engineering.”
SUNY Purchase, Assistant Professor of New Media; School for Poetic Computation, faculty

Surya Mattu is a Brooklyn-based artist and engineer and a Data & Society fellow.

Toni Dove is a New York-based artist and pioneer of interactive cinema.

Heather Dewey-Hagborg - School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Assistant Professor of Art and Technology Studies

James Fei & Laetitia Sonami

James Fei is a composer, performer, and engineer; Mills College, Associate Professor of Electronic Arts

Laetitia Sonami is a sound artist and performer; San Francisco Art Institute, guest lecturer; Bard College, Milton Avery MFA faculty

NYU MAGNET is located at 2 MetroTech, Brooklyn, NY, 11201, 8th floor. It's right at the A/C/F Jay Street exit in Brooklyn (Myrtle exit). The symposium takes place in the Town Square Lecture Hall at MAGNET. Enter the building from the right side (NOT the main entryway where the rotating doors are) that says NYU Tandon School of Engineering (you'll see it on the map below). Attendees will need some sort of photo ID like a driver's license to sign in with the guards.


After 9 Evenings: A 50th Anniversary Celebration is proudly supported by Nokia Bell Labs whose ongoing commitment to the spirit of experiments in Art and Technology (E.A.T.), began with the collaboration between their engineers and avant-garde artists on 9 Evenings in 1966. These activities have continued to distinguish Bell Labs as a leader dedicated to fostering innovation in the arts and sciences.

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