Technology Expanding the Horizon: Call for work

Posted by: Brian

Digital Arts and Culture at UWM: Technology Expanding the Horizon: Call for work

From Marthe Grohman, OSU Art:

Technology strongly affects our existence within and our perceptions of the contemporary landscape. Artists are invited to submit work that examines technology’s relationship to physical and psychological space. Selected work will be exhibited for two weeks in conjunction with a symposium entitled “Technology Expanding the Horizon: A Reinterpretation & Investigation of the Landscape” scheduled for March 29 & 30, 2007, at The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio.


Podcast now on iTunes

Posted by: Brian

I am pleased to announce that the Technology & the Arts podcast is now available on Apple’s iTunes Store.

Technology & the Arts on iTunes

If you have iTunes installed on your computer, you can click on the link above and be automatically taken to the Technology & the Arts page in the iTunes Store. From there, you can listen to episodes or subscribe to the feed and download them via iTunes.

Remember, if you don’t have iTunes and use another RSS/podcast aggregator, you can subscribe to the Technology & the Arts podcast at

(T+A #1) Technology and the Arts: 12/13/2006

(T+A #1) Technology and the Arts: 12/13/2006

Artists Susan Kaprov and Patricia Lay are interviewed; The tragic passing of CNET’s James Kim and Morgan Freeman’s new ClickStar movie download service are discussed. File Size: 32.3 MB. Time: 33 min., 40 sec. Hosts: Brian Kelley, John LeMasney.

Show Notes for Technology & the Arts Podcast #1

Welcome to the debut of Technology and the Arts, a bi-weekly podcast exploring the impact and influence of science and technology on the world of art and vice-versa.
In this installment, hosts Brian Kelley and John LeMasney discuss the tragic passing of CNET’s James Kim and Morgan Freeman’s new ClickStar movie download service. Artists Susan Kaprov and Patricia Lay, both of whom are participating in an exhibit called “Science as Muse: 8 Artistic Riffs on Science & Technology” taking place at the Montgomery Center for the Arts in Skillman, N.J., are interviewed. File Size: 32.3 MB. Time: 33 min., 40 sec.

Links related to this episode:

Why Technology & the Arts?

Posted by: Brian

With the advent of this site and the first installment of its companion podcast just around the corner, I thought I would take this time to write about the ideas and concepts that serve as the foundation for this endeavor.

John and I have been exposed to art and technology our entire lives. My best friend has been into computer graphics and animation since we were in middle school together. Another friend of mine is a very talented songwriter, musician and performer who has always used technology in the creative process. I use technology as a writer, editor and songwriter.

In addition, I feel that this area of the country–the Northeast Corridor–is one of the great technological and artistic hot spots around.

This past fall, Princeton served as home for a venue called Quark Park that brought the idea of technology and art to life in an exciting way. Brought into existence by Kevin Wilkes, Alan Goodheart and Peter Soderman–and a host of corporate and civic donors who financed its construction, Quark Park opened in September 2006 and remained a free, public garden through the following November.

Scientists and artists collaborated on sculptures and installations that were inspired by scientific concepts and dotted the landscape in the formerly vacant lot behind a parking garage along Paul Robeson Way in Princeton.

The Tony Levin Band, featuring bass player extraordinaire Tony Levin (Peter Gabriel, King Crimson), played a free show at Quark Park in early October. I wanted to go, but I came down with a case of tonsillitis and I was too sick to attend. Now, I had seen the Tony Levin band before, but–more importantly–I really wanted to check out Quark Park.

Unfortunately, I never had the chance to experience the venue…and I never will. Planned to only be open for one season, the lot where Quark Park stood is expected to be part of redevelopment project involving condominium construction.

However, I would love for Technology & the Arts to become a sort of virtual Quark Park…a place where those who embrace science, technology and art can assemble to expand their horizons.

So please join us here at Technology & the Arts as we keep the spirit of Quark Park alive.


Painting Everyday

Posted by: Brian

I happened to see this link in a Google Mail Web clip and thought it was interesting and extremely relevant to this site.

Painting Everyday

A painting in a day blog. Sharing original small paintings by artist Nathan Bond. Paintings are for sale in an ebay format.

NewsForge | Art production and the open source paradigm

I thought this was a pretty interesting article that talks about the visual arts from the point of view of the Open Source movement.  I am deeply devoted to both. 😉 – John

NewsForge | Art production and the open source paradigm
Art production in an open source environment is more of a challenge than most people think. I know this from my experience in the Ubuntu interface design project in past few years. It has become clear to me that it is impossible to produce high quality visual content in an environment that is lacking coordination. That insight prompted me to investigate other models that could be adopted and used in the open source context. I found the commercial agency to be one of the most efficient and productive models that I can recommend for adaptation, thanks to one single factor — art direction. Art direction assures the unity and consistency that are the main characteristics of professional artwork.

Wired News: Remembering James Kim

Posted by: John

James Kim was a TechTV personality when I first saw him. I watched him almost every week on the CNET podcast that my TiVo gets. I have his last review he did in his life sitting on there right now. He had a down to earth presentation style about technology that I hope to have, too. He made technology accessible, and was fun to watch, especially when he was using the gadgets he was reviewing to show off his kids. James, you’ll be missed greatly.

Wired News: Remembering James Kim
James’ body was found Wednesday by one of four helicopters paid for by the family. Although some rescuers had reported seeing a flash of light near him from their helicopter, by the time they arrived at the location, it was too late. I could go on and on about the tragedy of someone so well-loved being found dead after being missing for eleven days, with a full-fledged search not starting until about a week after the Kim family went missing, as well as the fact that the family had to fund the helicopters themselves, but that’s not the point right now.

The point is this. During his life, everyone who knew him felt the considerable warmth of James Kim, who died alone in the cold. Nothing could be less fair.

Links to “Science as Muse” artists

Posted by: Brian

I spent Sunday afternoon at the Montgomery Center for the Arts in Skillman, N.J., this past weekend and talked to some of the artists involved in an exhibit called “Science as Muse: 8 Artistic Riffs on Science & Technology.” I recorded the conversations and they will be featured in our future podcast.

For now, I would like to share links to the artists’ Web sites so you can become acquainted with them and their work.

Dahlia Elsayed
Jonathan Feldschuh
Susan Kaprov
Patricia Lay
Susan Muñoz
Barbara Osterman

Artists Mary Leck and Sharon Libes were also featured in the exhibit, but they do not have Web sites.

“Science as Muse: 8 Artistic Riffs on Science & Technology” is at the Montgomery Center for the Arts (Google Map) through Feb. 4, 2007. Hours are 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., Tuesday-Friday; and 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. on Sunday. The gallery is closed Monday and Saturday. Admission is free.

For more information, call 609-921-3272.