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.



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